The purpose of the visit was to see the horses in their natural living environment and meet some of the yearlings, the three mares that are carrying foals and the stallions. The idea of buying a baby is becoming more appealing to Jean. She would know her horse from the beginning and can work with the breeder in training the horse for riding (they have a couple of Clydes that they ride). However, if the perfect adult Clyde became available and the timing was right she would consider it.
The Mr. and Mrs. met us as we pulled into the lane, along with their son and daughter. What a lovely family! So pleasant and welcoming. We walked down the lane a bit and met the mares. Initially, they were grazing but when Mrs. called them, they walked over to the gate. Jean went through the gate and waited for them to come to her. They were very courteous....curious, but courteous.
|Hello, nice to meet you.|
|Oh, you brought a hostess gift! Yummy!|
The turnout areas were large and clear of scrub weeds and rocks. Lots of space to kick up large heels. :-) The trees around the parameter of the field provide shelter. The horses are left out 24/7 unless there is freezing rain. Then they are brought into the barn.
Now it was time to meet Stallion 1. He has been part of the family for 8 years, purchased as a yearling. I have to say that I had a preconceived idea of a stallion; unpredictable, wild, untouchable, fire-breathing, relegated to a small paddock out of sight. So, when Mr. and Mrs. invited us into Stallion 1's field, we were surprised. In fact, I was a bit nervous. However, I wasn't so nervous that I didn't turn my video on. :-) Check it out.....
Stallion 1 was galloping right for me, but I didn't move. My heart was thumping a bit, I admit. :-) Jean and her mom got a bit of a fright when he veered.
Mr. and Mrs. handle their horses a lot. Having them socialized is important not only from a resale perspective, but from a showing perspective. You can't have a spooky 2,000 lbs horse in the show ring. So while Stallion 1 was eating his treat, Mr. stood behind him and untangled his tail which was full of burrs.
Next we went into the barn to see the babies. The stalls were twice the size of normal stalls. We were allowed into each of the stalls and encouraged to rub and touch the youngsters, which were around 7 months old. There was only one almost nipping incident, but other than that they were better behaved than a lot of the horses at my barn. :-)
|Does this tail make my butt look big?|
Stallion 2's stall was in amongst the babies. Stallion 2 has shoes on for showing, so he is in a stall for the time being or in a small paddock. I was actually scratching Stallion 2's chin and ears for a while before Mr. mentioned that he was a stallion. Again, another preconceived idea about stallions being untouchable blown out of the water. Stallion 2 was a big schnook! Every time I stopped rubbing, he would lean into the bars. I asked Jean's mom to take my place so I could get a pic.