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post #1 of 23 Old 05-19-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Iris - From the Ground Up

I'll be honest, I'm terrible at keeping blogs and journals up to date; mostly due to the fact that between work, the horses, and working on my own little creative writing projects. I will try my best to keep posting here, but bare with me if I don't post daily.

This will be Iris' growing up thread, and I'll probably put anything new with Chloe and Maddie here as well, but it will mostly be pictures and updates of Iris.

For anyone who hasn't seen Maddie's thread here it is:

https://www.horseforum.com/stallions...thread-802169/

I guess to begin;

Iris is about 3/4 Quarter Horse with French Canadian and Percheron mixed in from her mother's side. The stallion is a Registered Quarter Horse with Doc Bar and Poco Bueno lines.

She's going to be a trail horse and maybe do a few open shows if I'm interested in that down the road (I'm not a big horse show person). I wanted something with a great mind and conformation to do trail riding that's not so laid back (Hills, rocky terrain, water/mud) and I think I got all of that with her (especially the brain). She's super smart, curious and has a slight sassy attitude. All in all, I got exactly what I wanted in looks, colour and mind.

I will have pictures to add to this hopefully tonight, but i probably won't post anything for a few days (12 hour work shifts Monday and Tuesday).
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post #2 of 23 Old 05-19-2019, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Got some half decent pictures tonight, my camera wouldn't work without the flash in the stall.

Second time with halter on and for longer; as you can see in the pictures below it's apparently itchy to have a halter on lol.

She already picks up her front feet when you run your hands down her legs, is giving to pressure to back up when pushing on chest. Loves having her ears and head rubbed, and actively seeks it out. Apparently I'm not allowed to give her mother any attention, at least that's how she sees it .

Hopefully by Thursday we can get her and Maddie in the indoor arena by Thursday. They won't be able to go out into their field until at least the weekend, but they're both doing great.
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post #3 of 23 Old 05-19-2019, 07:30 PM
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Oh gosh, she sounds like the sweetest baby ever. Only a couple days old and already so good at everything. Amazing. Keep up the good work!

Hold on to what makes you happy! If it tries to buck you off, just hold on even tighter!
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post #4 of 23 Old 05-19-2019, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, she is a doll. Fortunately I board with a BO who has bred Quarter Horses and Paints in the past as well as used to buy, train and resell horses; so lots of knowledge and help. I probably wouldn't have bred unless I was boarding at their place.
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post #5 of 23 Old 05-20-2019, 12:40 PM
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Yes, that's a real nice baby.
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post #6 of 23 Old 05-20-2019, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Got off work tonight from a rough shift so decided to pop in quickly just to see Maddie and Iris, and got catch Maddie showing her mommy side.

And Iris is starting to show her little baby spunky side; romping circles around Maddie and 'hopping' around.
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post #7 of 23 Old 05-22-2019, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Maddie and Iris got out into the indoor arena to stretch their legs, and Iris stretched right out tearing around the arena while Maddie jogged around in the middle of the arena. The BO and I cleaned out the stall and then spent some time in the arena with them getting her picking up her feet.

I think she's turning into the barn favourite, though, everyone loves her. She loves people, and will willing leave Maddie when called for rubs and scratches. I only got video today, and I'm not comfortable uploading videos so no pictures today.

I have a slight cold so I'll make this short but, helped BO with one of their horses and then worked Chloe to get her ready to put up for sale. She's the little dun Quarter horse mare I bought when she was two. She's well bred with Genuine Doc, Doc's Editor and Doc Bar right on her papers, but she's only 13.3 maybe pushing 14 HH and I like my horses with a bit more size. I feel she'd be better off at a home where she'll be used for more than just trail riding as she's likes having something to do that will keep her brain busy.
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-27-2019, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Lots of pictures

After a week of being in the barn and only getting out in the indoor arena, I'm happy to say both Maddie and Iris are out in their pen now. Iris had quite a few firsts today. She had her first leading lesson in the arena, her first ride in the trailer, and first time in grass.

To explain a bit, we had to use the trailer to move them since the pen they were going in was on the other side of the yard and with the way Iris likes to leave Maddie's side to explore, and that there's a busy highway in front of the property, we thought it would be easier to just make a quick trailer ride from barn yard to the pen on the otherside of the property.

I have pictures of her in the arena today, but my mom has the outside pictures on her camera so I won't have those til she uploads them onto her computer (It's been a long day and we both just got home).

I also have a question for everyone; about Iris' colour. I thought she'd be buckskin, but the dorsal stripe is confusing me. My opinion is that it's counter shading, but I'd like more opinions on the matter; if she's buckskin or dunskin. The stud is Cremello and wasn't tested all colours, so I don't know if he'd carry Dun. My mare is black, her dame is black, her sire is black, and her sire's sire was black. Basically I can't see there being any Dun in Maddie's line.

Now don't get me wrong, I love her regardless the colour she is, this filly could seriously do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. (Level headed, smart, affectionate, fearless; the entire package). And really, a dunskin horse would be amazing ;), but I'll let more experienced people help me out XD.
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post #9 of 23 Old 05-29-2019, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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She's already starting to lead, and we're working on her respecting personal boundaries when interacting with people. She's learning what whoa means, giving to pressure to back up, and we've gotten her to the point that she's learned the routine to pick up her feet (already anticipating and having her next leg ready to be picked up; balancing on three legs). I honestly haven been thinking of registering her through the AHQHR since she is more than half quarter horse. The website looks legit and I think it would look good for her to be registered in something. Only problem is that the stud owner won't give me a Breeder's Certificate :/ BUT I found a loophole (I think) that if the horse is over 12 months I don't need it. I don't know, I can try, maybe call them and find out or email them. Heck, I'd even get Maddie registered through them since her dam is Quarter Horse and to DNA test parentage wouldn't be too hard since I know where both her parents are.

Anyways, I'm exhausted, and rambling, I have another 12 hour shift tomorrow starting at 7am. Hopefully I'm not too tired to quickly go over to the barn to see Maddie and Iris.
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post #10 of 23 Old 06-02-2019, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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They're finally outside, well they've been out for since Monday, but between working and handling her, I kept forgetting to take a few updated pictures. My mom still has some nice shots on her camera, just have to wait to put them on the laptop.

It's becoming routine now for her to have me pick up her feet that she's readying the next foot and balancing accordingly for me. She loves being rubbed down and brushed. Leading we're still working on, she's still anchoring at times, but she's understanding what whoa means and moves away from pressure. And since Maddie nickers whenever people are in the vicinity, Iris has started nickering to people.

As soon as she's a bit bigger, Iris and Maddie will be going out into a bigger pasture for the summer.
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