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Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

April 21, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6443397

Hey Cajun! Saw your new baby's pics over on P & L... nice! Congratulations on your new gaited foal. =0)

You know, after a while... maybe a few minutes... one chick is just like another (no matter how cute Moodene dresses 'em LOL), but baby mammals... maybe 'cause they're rarer?... just give me the grins all over for days and days.

So how's little Ben doing today?

Jay
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6447138

He's doing great. He is filling out really quick. I let him and the mare out into the barn hall to get a bit of exercise day before yesterday. He has a lot of high front end action and a really nice bob to his head. Here is a video. Most of it is cavorting around like all foals do but near the beginning you can see him rack the length of the hall. He is really going to be nice.

http://s279.photobucket.com/albums/kk141/cajuninky2/?action=view¤t=AwddaBen068.flv
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

April 22, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #6447675

Oh, I wish I could watch that! But dial-up just isn't going to let me. =0(
Could you post a pic for me? I'll bet he's just a blast to watch, and dream about those gaits! How long do you like to wait before riding a youngster? We started light work at two, nothing to really stress the joints, just start getting them used to things.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6448507

We start handling from day one. He was introduced to the halter and lead rope today. We'll sit stuff on him and blanket him before long. Nothing with any weight, just to aclimate him to things being on him. I'll likely get on him after 2 but very little riding until he's 3 and his knees close up.

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Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6449613

What a charmer! Beautiful white markings, too.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6450391

We'll likely know what color he is in a year or so.
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

April 23, 2009
10:58 AM

Post #6451214

What a handsome fellow!

That sounds about like what we do... lots of messing with, and under saddle starts at two, just the basics, no stress. =0) Schooling more in quietness, acceptance than real performance, I guess you could say.

Is there a reason you think he might be other than chestnut colored?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2009
3:54 PM

Post #6452311

Just that there are no chestnuts in his line that I know of. And that fact that the shedding of the foal coat can give you lots of suprises. LOL
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

April 23, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6452590

I'd say the only surprise is whether he's a bright chestnut or a dark chestnut. LOL

That is the nicest diamond I think I've ever seen. My most favorite one was a marking that looked just like a wine glass... with a very long stem. =0)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6454417

I bet that was cool!!
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

April 24, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6455982

Named him "Isle Be Irish Wine"... born on St Pat's Day, his dad was "Isle Bet"...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2009
4:39 PM

Post #6457204

Very creative. I always like the names that have a story.

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