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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Videos, photos and more!

Mom and I did some riding in the morning

Then it was time to shoot some video of Puck & McDreamy - who are also known as Wolgang & Dreamcatcher!

Here is my favorite of the still images that were also shot at that time -

After a quick bite of lunch, we moved Wallstreet Rose & her 2011 Wizard WF filly Wendolyn plus the 2 yearlings Windrose & Waverleigh (aka Gretta, Lynnie, Bailey & Izzy) to the outdoor ring for a bit of fun and time in front of the camera...

Highlight images -

And of course there are a few images of the some of the other four legged animals here -

Oreo shall not miss a photo opportunity!

and Puck (Wolgang WF) smiled for the camera in his usual charming fashion -

Wei WF was quite curious about the relocation of the mare & young horses -

And when we caught the 2 2008 geldings, the '09s came up to say hello as well -

So I think that's everything! More photos & videos to follow later today of the excitement on this fine Thursday!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wylie & Wilona have a school over at True Prospect

Wylie had a lovely school this morning with Ryan this morning. Her tail is still a bit active as she works but it's antics are settling down with more exposure and schooling. :) It is quite comical to watch her 'commentary' with what is going on with every swish...she's so sweet and affectionate - and just a bit demonstrative! :)

Wylie is a delight to work around in the barn or trailer at a strange location. She is sweet, calm and very attentive to the people around her. She is brave in new settings and very willing over fences.

Wilona also had a lovely ride with Ryan. She is really starting to come into her own and is looking for more to do each day with her riders.

For those of you who know Kitty (or knew Volante back in the day) this young mare is the best of them combined with Waldaire's sensible, willing to please temperament and all the qualities we prized in our Adamant offspring. She is very, very fancy and really ready for a rider to take her further.

So I hope that you enjoyed the videos! These 2 are the ones that have been on the back burner (so to speak) since mom & I got hurt and are really melding back into the program very nicely. They are honestly horses we would love to keep and bring along ourselves but are very easy to ride (straightforward, honest & willing), so they are also some of the ones best suited for other riders, too.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Snapshots from the road & around the farm! More photos & videos tomorrow!

So today actually was a bit slow for us! :)

Here's the lowdown on what went on -
Morning barn, mom cleaned a mountain of tack, I pulled manes on the sales stock

then it was time to retrieve the truck from the dealership (which somehow missed the 'must be done, picked up by noon' when I dropped it off yesterday - so it's not had the oil change it needed), 'discuss' the situation with the Manager of the GM side, scamper home, hitch up, drive Wizard to SBS in Chesapeake City for a collection (21 billion - good boy!), zip back home, unload, pack the trailer to take 3 to True Prospect to school, load the horses, mom & I helped Ryan shuffle through the horses, load back up, drive home, unload, finish night barn, turnout, unpack the trailer and mom wiped off all the tack (again).

So while I didn't get any photos of the horses schooling today - they were fantastic! Banks, ditches, water, portables, logs...they did it all! And everyone was a first timer over all the material! :) So it was a very good afternoon!

Here is a picture of Stella (aka Daylily WF) after her mane was shortened.

Notice the big yawn? She stood like a statue for the whole pulling process - never fussed or wiggled - just a lady about the whole thing! :) She is really living up to her 'Top Foal in North America' title these days and we'll have some undersaddle photos next week to share with everyone!

Speaking of sharing photos, I snapped these on the way to SBS today -

We've had lines of heavy downpours rolling through every few hours and this was blasting Oxford as I was driving from the farm towards Rt. 10. The top photo is actually one of my all time favorites because of the intense clouds...but my inner photographer was squirming about only having an iPhone to shoot with. Oh and an antsy stallion in the trailer plus my guilty conscience that I should NOT be shooting even at a stop sign. *sigh* It WAS really pretty though! :)

So tomorrow we are showing some horses for sale and I will shoot new photos & videos while they are working with Ryan and (hopefully) get those uploaded overnight so we can all enjoy them on Sunday. :)

Wizard WF video added!

There are moments when you are raising horses when you can take a step back, soften your visual focus and breathe a sigh of relief, pride and accomplishment...because THERE it is - your masterpiece! The culmination of years of effort (planning a breeding, getting the mare in foal, raising the baby without injury(self inflicted of course), training the young horse into a responsible's just a great moment. Really. Then the next morning you wake up, go out to greet your youngster and are forced to ask - where did that big head come from?!?! Because overnight, your darling's head grew 2 sizes! And that means the rest of the horse is about to grow again, too!

So with that in mind - here is Wizard's video from True Prospect -

The bit has gone down 2 full holes in the last month, so we knew it was coming but...I'm thinking he'll finish 16.1-2 hands. But that is going to take a while longer. *sigh*

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Schooling photos! Sale Horse Bio's starting with the 2008's!

This post has a ton of photos to share and then a reminder for the RALPH HILL CLINIC in Worton, MD on August 21 & 22nd. Please contact Kelly Morani at or 443-480-6451 for more information and a sign up sheet.

For those of you who haven't bought a horse from us, these photos are going to show how fun it is to have one of our clients coming back for lessons! Karin purchased Adelaide WF from us as a four year old and has had very good success with her placing at Dressage at Devon, rocking some dressage tests (with Karin having their show debut) and is having a great start to her summer. But yesterday she 'cheated' on her beautiful mare and had a ride on our Don William WF. The width of her smile says it all...

Later in the afternoon we took Wizard WF over to True Prospect for a bit of a jump school with Ryan Wood and throughly enjoyed seeing our junior stallion go through his paces. Thanks to Ryan for doing such a fantastic job educating our young horse!