The foals are here!

May 13th, 2014

Well, foaling season is over with for another year & it was finished within one week. I like it when it goes quickly! Our two shetland mares we were anticipating foals from came up open this spring so our two foals for 2014 are from two of our ASPC/AMHR mares. The first foal arrived on April 26th, a beautiful day, & then the weather turned crappy and the poor little guy had to stay in the barn for almost a week before he got to romp outside. Between the inclement weather and the wind, it was just safer to keep him inside where he could stay dry and warm. This is the fourth foal from our breedings of AE Bey Star to a D&S Tom Collins’s daughter, hence this foal’s name had to start with a D.ย  (It’s a way I established for myself to keep track of these particular crosses. All of our Bailey offpspring have ‘Bey’ somewhere in their name & by following a certain system that yes, probably only makes sense to me, I can know what cross it was from hearing the name.) This foal is a bay colt, very nice, & I’m delighted with the results. The dam, Outlaw’s Tru Picture, is solid bay so the color didn’t surprise me but, up until this point, Bailey has always thrown a small amount of chrome with his offspring. I guess this was the year for ‘subtle’ because the next foal was a solid bay filly. Her dam, D&S Sands of Time, is a solid chestnut but we have three full siblings to this filly and they all have chrome – socks and some white on the face. The filly is a little more refined than the colt, has wavy hair which is really cute, and is just a little taller. Both will mature in the 36″ or above range.ย  Both are also entered in the AMHR futurity. It is going to be fun to watch them grow and develop.ย  Watch for pictures as we get more into summer!

The waiting begins!

April 15th, 2014

Well, the mares are settled in close to the barn during the day and in their stalls at night so the waiting game begins. ๐Ÿ™‚ Foaling season has always been one of my favorite times of the year. As breeders we can study bloodlines, pick out strengths and weaknesses,ย  and have a basic understanding of genetics but the final moment when the foal arrives,ย  is still a miracle to me, and still a guessing game. Color is not an important factor to us so color is always a surprise although alot of times it is the color we suspected it could be. But color genetics are way over my head so knowing the combination of letters to produce such & such is beyond me. Color is what it is. We are striving for a horse or pony with good conformation and movement so it’s those factors that we look for in our breeding stallions and mares. We don’t always get it right either but it is the challenge of working toward the miniature or shetland that we feel fits closest to the standard that keeps us intrigued and keeps us in the game in small numbers. We’ll post news as soon as the first foal arrives!

Hopeful for Spring!

March 4th, 2014

Today is much warmer than it has been and just hearing the word “March” brings visions of warmer days and spring weather! As I look at the calendar I realize that we will start foaling next month so there are some things that better make the “to do” list rather quickly. We are expecting 2 ASPC/AMHR foals this spring and 2 ASPC foals. Two of the mares will be foaling for the first time and it’s always exciting to see what the genetics produce. Our Tom Collin’s daughters are reaching the age where they are producing and I love seeing what the second generation of a certain bloodline produces in comparison to the first generation. Foaling season is definitely my favorite time of year!

And the fun begins…..halter breaking!

October 8th, 2013

Well, the days are getting shorter and show season is over with so now I can really turn my attention to the weanlings.ย  We weaned all the foals at the same time this year in mid-August and everything went really well. We have weaned according to the sign of the moon now for a long time and there is a definate difference between doing that and not doing that. I have noticed that some times there is only 2 days that are good for weaning and some days, like this year, there was about a 10 day stretch that was good for weaning. It seemed nobody was unhappy and the weaning went very smoothly for both moms and babies. Now we are in the process ofย  halter breaking.ย  Oh my! What an insult to have a halter on and be asked to do what??? Actually the process is not going too bad. We halter break in pairs if we can and so the first two boys are leading and learning pretty well. The second two boys are picking it up and this week we will start to ask them to lead outside of their pen and then we’ll make the big adjustment into a stall for a few days. I enjoy the one-on-one time that I can now do with the weanlings and not be under any pressure to have them ready for a show. And that is the way the rest of the fall will go. Just messing with them when time allows and learning new things as we go. This year’s foal crop was 4 boys, 3 of which have been gelded all ready. Each one has their own personality but I am impressed with the conformation and potential of each one of them and am excited to see what the future holds for them.

Summer is flying by!

July 9th, 2013

Wow, summer is just flying by for us! We enjoyed a week in Kentucky in early June for our oldest son Tyler’s wedding and it seems like we are still playing catch-up! We had some nice spring rains so the hay was ready in June and we are still putting hay up. We are not complaining as last year it became hard to get hay because of the dry conditions. We are still dry here but the spring rains did help with the early season grasses. So between the haying and our work load and the timing of the local shows, we have not been able to show any this season. Bummer as I was really looking forward to getting a couple of boys in the show ring! We have started our 3 year-old Gelding, Outlaw’s Antici-Bey-tion in harness and are looking forward to getting him into the cart. It’s also time to start clipping the babies for pictures and seeing what is underneath that foal hair. We clipped our ASPC/AMHR weanling colt, Cosmo Bey, this past week-end and WOW! I was impressed. We are thinking that maybe he might have to take a trip to Nationals for us this year! We’ll see what the next couple of weeks bring as we’ll have to make a decision quickly. In the meantime, we’ll keep working & haying, working & haying, working & haying…….

Foaling Season Results

May 11th, 2013

Our foaling season lasted 2 1/2 weeks so it was short and sweet although it seemed longer than that because I started watching them closer about 2 weeks before the first mare actually foaled.ย  And for some reason they all decided to foal during inclement weather so there were extra checks in-between to make sure everyone was doing fine and staying warm.ย  Our spring weather has been a little odd this year with snow still arriving May 1st and it was cooler than usual for this time of year. One mare foaled outside in the snow because she showed no signs of foaling when I turned her out that morning. Another mare foaled outside on a blustery, windy day for the same reason. Both of those were our maiden mares. The older mares showed impending signs so they were inside the barn but they too foaled just before a crappy spell so the foals didn’t get out to sunshine for a couple of days.

It was our year for boys but we feel we were blessed with exceptionally nice boys and we are very excited about their future. We have 3 ASPC colts, all sired by AE Bey Star, and 1 ASPC/AMHR colt, also sired by AE Bey Star. The ASPC colts will be gelded at an early age and we will leave the ASPC/AMHR colt a stallion for now. We have always believed that a great stallion prospect makes a fantastic gelding and these boys deserve to be shown and used. They are all flashy colts – Bey Voltage has a small star and socks, Cosmo Bey is a prettily marked bay & white pinto, Bey Mayhem (who’s barn name will be Hemi) has 4 high white socks, some wild markings, and a blue eye, and the chestnut pinto colt has a white tail and I believe 2 blue eyes. I will try to post pictures as they grow over the summer months. Each one is already developing a personality of their own so it’s going to be a fun summer watching them grow and develop. We missed having the filly fairy make at least one appearance but these boys are so nice that we are not even complaining!

The mares are settled in the barn!

April 13th, 2013

Well, the mares are settled in the barn and actually seem happy to be there. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are now 2 weeks away from the first of our foaling dates but it’s not unusual for our mares to go early so we are prepared. The mares came into the barn earlier this week thanks to our lovely spring weather of rain, ice, & then snow. But I think they are enjoying being pampered because at night they are lined up at the gate of their dry lot waiting to be taken into their stall whenever they see me come out to do chores. That’s OK, I love spoiling them during this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spring has Sprung!

March 23rd, 2013

Spring has sprung according to the calendar except looking out the window today I see snow on the ground, snow in the air, wind blowing the trees and it’s cloudy and cool. Oh well, it’s Nebraska and it’s March so we know the weather will change and warmer days are on the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

We are about 30 days away from foaling and as always, I am looking forward to foaling season. This year we are expecting one ASPC/AMHR foal and three ASPC foals. I just love the challenge of genetics and seeing how the bloodlines we have chosen cross with each other. This year will be a first for all of the crosses as we used our stallion, AE Bey Star, on all the mares this year. The ASPC/AMHR mare is a D&S Tom Collins daughter and we have been anxiously waiting to cross her with Bey Star. We decided to use Bey Star on the ASPC mares to see if we could gain a little more height on the foals. Tom Collins is a size reducer whether bred to an AMHR mare or an ASPC mare so we wanted to see what Bey Star would do on those same bloodlines. I will definitely miss having a Tom Collins foal this year but hopefully Judy Gottlob’s mare, Ginger, is bred so we will be able to boast of one foal by Tom Collins. We will be bringing the mares into the barn area next week and starting to get them into the routine of being in the barn at night. So excited! And I am also hoping that in another 30 days we will be seeing warmer spring weather!

Website Updated for 2013

February 2nd, 2013

The website has been updated to start off 2013! The listings on the ‘For Sale’ page are current and I did manage to clean up some typos I had missed from the last update. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are expecting four foals this year, all due in April. We do have them listed on the 2013 Foal page and you can check back in the spring for updates there.The mares are all bred to Bailey and there will be 3 ASPC foals and 1 ASPC/AMHR foal. Our ASPC/AMHR foal is out of a Tom Collins daughter so we are especially excited for that. Two of the other mares have given us beautiful babies before from Tom Collins but this will be our first cross to Bailey for them so we are excited for that as well. Then finally one of our MO mares bought from Ellie Verba, is due to foal for the first time. So we are excited all the way around for our 2013 foal crop!
Show season is just around the corner and we hope to see you at the shows this year!

Happy New Year!

January 19th, 2013

I’m always excited for a New Year and the prospects and challenges that come with it! January in Nebraska is usually cold and it’s dark by 6:00 pm so we don’t do much with the horses and ponies except chores. The last few days have been nice though so I’ve been getting the ‘itch’ to think about show season and conditioning. However, I’m not ready to clean stalls again yet! We have our show string picked out for the 2013 season and are thinking and talking about what shows we think we might want to attend. We stepped back into the show ring again ourselves last year after a few years absence and it’s still fun! We have show and futurity prospects available for sale so if you’re looking for that special horse/pony for 2013 please take a look at our website. Browse through the site, enjoy, and please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions. We have 3 generations of our bloodlines here so we know our horses and ponies and we love to talk about them! Happy New Year!