Having foals born was always so exciting. It was like waiting for Christmas presents to be unwrapped. What’s inside? Stallion? Filly? Pinto? Solid? Blue eyes? How big will it get? I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in any activity that made me happier than raising miniature horses! The only problem was selling the foals. If we sold one before it was a year old it was just as difficult as selling a two or three year old that we’d had that much more time to get attached to. Every time a trailer pulled away from the barn with one of our horses in it, I cried for an hour.
The following is a list of the foals born at our place.
WEEBISCUIT’S MEDIA LUNA – 2005 (Shown on MINIS 1 page)
WEEBISCUIT’S FIRST STRIKE – 2006
Strike was out of our stallion Rambo and our mare Annie. Naturally, he had their coloring and their beautiful blue eyes! Strike was a beautiful horse and such a friendly guy. He was a “medicine hat.” That is a type of marking in which most of the face is white, and there is a “cap” of color that covers the top of the head and ears. Horses with these markings were prized by American Indians. If the horse had a “shield” of color on it’s chest, that was considered a big bonus, as well as blue eyes. We sold him when he was around two years old to a lady in Chaseburg, WI, along with another filly we had. Unfortunately, there was some sort of accident and Strike died within the first year there. It was not only devastating to the owner, but to us as well.
WEEBISCUIT’S FLASH GORGEOUS – 2006
We nicknamed this horse “Penny.” She was a dun pinto. Gorgeous color! And gorgeous blue eyes!
Her behavior below was so typical! Poor Strike wants to come to the grain bowl but Penny wants it all to herself! Strike and Penny were born within a week of each other.
We wanted to keep Penny and add her to the brood mare herd. You can’t breed them till they are past their third birthday. When that occurred we tried through the entire summer’s heat cycles but she never settled. The next year, when she was four, we managed to get her bred, but decided to sell her as a bred mare since we were in the business to sell horses, not keep them! You just can’t keep every one of them. She went to a home in northern Michigan.
WEEBISCUIT’S SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY – 2007
Out of our stallion Indy and our mare Mama, Journey was a sorrel pinto. She had a mane and forelock heavily streaked with white, which gave her a striking appearance despite the horrible pic of her above, taken when she was 4 months old. She also had blue eyes!
WEEBISCUIT’S SPITTIN’ IMAGE – 2007
Image and Journey (shown below), were born three weeks apart and were always good friends. He was a nice horse and had those beautiful blue eyes! He was sold to a breeder in Mineral Point, WI.
WEEBISCUIT’S FANTANGO – 2008
Tango was another blue-eyed beauty!
When Tango was a yearling we took her and three other yearlings to a show. We decided Braiden would lead Tango into the show ring. Show rules are very strict as to the handler’s dress. Required are long sleeves and boots. Most shows, especially indoor ones, do not allow blue jeans. This show was outside and not a sanctioned registry show so the rules were relaxed a bit. Braiden did pretty well. I think Tango came home with a Second in Halter class.
Tango was sold to a breeder in San Diego. The lady was the “Good-Will Ambassador” to Southern California. Tango rode on floats in parades, was featured on a kid’s show called the Kusi Kids Club, TV commercials, grand openings, and other public relations venues. The owner told me that Sea World wanted Tango for a series they were doing, but they wanted to keep Tango at their facility and that was a “no go” with the owner.
WEEBISCUIT’S OZYMANDIUS – 2008
Ozzie got his name because he reminded me of a line from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” that went “a shattered visage lies, whose frown and wrinkled lip…..” I wouldn’t say Ozzie had a frown, but he simply had a “weird” visage and it did look like he had a wrinkled lip!
Horses will get into anything, so we have always made a point of making sure there was never anything laying around the horses could hurt themselves on. Despite all precautions, we went to the barn one afternoon and my husband spied Ozzie with something red on his cheek. When he got a closer look he was stunned at the deep injury he had. We immediately called the vet, and while waiting for him my husband walked all the fence lines, checked the gates, and tried in vain to find out how in the world Ozzie did this. We never did find out.
Ozzie’s conformation didn’t quite measure up to “show-quality.” I didn’t think he’d sell as a breeding stallion, and I would not have bred him, either, so we had him gelded, and he became a sweet pet. He’s one of the four horses we kept on as pets after we decided to stop breeding.
WEEBISCUIT’S AMERICAN SOLDIER – 2008
This little stallion was was (and IS) a show-stopper! He topped out at 28 1/2″ high. Very small, and correct in every way! He would have brought a lot of money, but when he was a yearling my husband’s brother said he wanted two miniatures for his grandkids. We had been selling our herd down and planned to stop breeding and were down to five horses. We wanted to keep at least two for ourselves. We felt that Soldier would be a nice horse for my brother-in-law to have, along with Kicks, another very nice stallion. So, against my better judgement, we had Kicks and Soldier gelded, as we wanted all the testosterone out of them before my brother-in-law took them. Then, he never did take them. So instead of this gorgeous, beautiful horse being used as a stud (and I would have definitely used him myself), he was now a gelding. We will keep him with us, as he’s such a beauty and so sweet. I’m just upset that he never got to reach his full potential, either as a show horse or a breeding stallion.
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