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MINIS 2

 

Getting ready to load four yearlings into the trailer to take them to a show.
                  Getting ready to load four yearlings into the trailer to take them to a show.

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

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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.

Strike, about 10 hours old. Our granddaughter Braiden was always at our barn when she was little! Her mom would call and tell us she was walking over. Since it was just across the hayfield, we'd watch from our barn till she arrived.
Strike, about 10 hours old. Our granddaughter Braiden was always at our barn when she was little! Her mom would call and tell us she was walking over. Since it was just across the hayfield, we’d watch from our barn till she arrived.

 

He's almost 2 years old in this pic. I tucked his forelock behind the halter strap to get a nice pic of his face.
He’s almost 2 years old in this pic. I tucked his forelock behind the halter strap to get a nice pic of his face.

 

Strike is almost all white except for his face and a few patches of color on each flank.
Strike is almost all white except for his face and a few patches of color on each flank.
WEEBISCUIT’S FLASH GORGEOUS – 2006

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We nicknamed this horse “Penny.” She was a dun pinto. Gorgeous color! And gorgeous blue eyes!

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When Penny was two months old the library called and asked if we had a horse we could bring in for their Children’s Hour, as they’d been reading books about horses to them. The kids loved it!

 

Penny was such a cute foal, and always full of piss and vinegar!
Penny was such a cute foal, and always full of piss and vinegar!

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.

 

Such a gorgeous filly!
Such a gorgeous filly!

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

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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!

THis is Journey at about a week old. All our horses were completely socialized with people.
This is Journey at about a week old. I’ve had different foals climb into my lap and fall asleep! All our horses were completely socialized with people.

 

About 4 months old.
About 4 months old.

 

Journey at 1 year with our granddaughter.
Journey at 1 year with our granddaughter.

 

Journey is a two-year-old in this pic. We always loved the beautiful streaked mane of hers.
Journey is a two-year-old in this pic. We always loved the beautiful streaked mane of hers. Journey was sold to the same lady in Chaseburg who bought Strike.
WEEBISCUIT’S SPITTIN’ IMAGE – 2007

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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.

Journey and Image about 8 months old, in December. Miniature horses always get the most incredible hair coat in the winter!
Journey and Image about 8 months old, in December. Miniature horses always get the most incredible hair coat in the winter!

 

Journey and Image at 3 months old.
Journey and Image at 3 months old.

 

Image at 16 months.
Image at 16 months.

 

16 months.
16 months.
WEEBISCUIT’S  FANTANGO – 2008

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Tango was another blue-eyed beauty!

Tango at about 1 month old.
Tango at about 1 month old.

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.

Braiden "showing" Tango.
Braiden “showing” Tango.

 

Tango as a three year old, right before she was sold.
Tango as a three year old, bathed and clipped, right before she was shipped to San Diego.

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

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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!

Ozzy just has a sort of "goofy" look to him, but who could help loving him with those blue eyes?
Ozzie just has a sort of “goofy” look to him, but who could help loving him with those blue eyes? Why does he remind me of  Groucho Marx? He is only about 4 months old here.

 

My husband with a very young Ozzy.
My husband with a very young Ozzie.
Typical Ozzie behavior!
Typical Ozzie behavior!
Oh, those beautiful blue eyes! Ozzie was gelded and was one of the four horses we wanted to keep as pets when we stopped breeding.
Oh, those beautiful blue eyes!

 

Ozzie and Tango as yearlings.
Ozzie and Tango as yearlings.

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.

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Horses are so stoic about injuries. Ozzie never whined or moaned or acted like there was anything wrong as we waited for the vet to come clean and suture the wound. He was also very laid back while it was getting flushed with water, injected with pain killer, and stitched.

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

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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.

Soldier within 20 minutes of birth. WHY are these foals always born in the middle of the night?
Soldier within 20 minutes of birth. WHY are these foals always born in the middle of the night?

 

Our daughter holding Soldier when he was about week old.
Our daughter holding Soldier when he was about week old.

 

About two months old, still in his baby fuzz.
About three weeks old, still in his baby fuzz.

 

His first clipping, about three months old.
Almost three months old.

 

A year old and looking good!
A little over a year and looking good! Notice that all that white hair in his tail is gone.

 

Another pic of Soldier as a yearling.
Another pic of Soldier as a yearling.

 

Soldier and the everr-ubiquitous granddaughter, Braiden!
Soldier and the ever-ubiquitous granddaughter, Braiden!

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