WEEBISCUIT’S LITTLE TEA CUP – 2008
T. C. was out of our black and white stallion Indy and our Grand Champion mare, Lucy. She was another knockout little filly, and of course she had those fabulous blue eyes!
T. C. as a yearling. For some reason this pic makes her coat and mane look brown. Her coat is quite black and her mane is a brownish black.
T. C. and her mom, Lucy, were brought into the dry lot outside the barn, and off pasture, a few minutes before letting the other horses in. Love to see them running! T. C. is about three weeks old.
The very short clip below is T. C. in the pasture. I’m trying to get a video of her moving, but she’s more interested in coming up to me to see what I’m doing.
WEEBISCUIT’S PHANTOM MEDICINE MAN – 2009
This little stallion had the most beautiful dished face , and blue eyes, of course! Phantom didn’t stay with us too long. He was sold as a breeding stallion right after he was weaned, at 5 months. He went to Iowa.
WEEBISCUIT’S KICK START – 2009
Kicks was another gorgeous stallion, out of our mare Lucy and our stallion Rambo. Kicks was a “medicine hat.” There was always something I liked about this boy. He always was a bit shy. When we decided to stop breeding horses, Kicks was one of the four we kept. We had him gelded, although he was another stallion who could have been used for breeding or shown.
In the video below he’s just four weeks old. Lucy was always an incredible mother. She always stuck to her foals. Annie, another of our brood mares (on Minis 1 page), seemed to be very lackadaisacal after her foals were a few weeks old.
WEEBISCUIT’S UP IN SMOKE – 2009
Smokey also has blue eyes, but they are a darker blue than the white-bodied horses.
The short video below shows Smokey with the partial clip in the photo above. It’s always amazing how they look once you get that baby fuzz off them!
A few moments of Smokey in the pasture with the other horses.
WEEBISCUIT’S SUMMER SURPRISE – 2010
We called her Summer “Surprise” because she was a surprise! Her damn, Annie, had been bred the previous year a few times. When fall came around and she didn’t go back into heat we had the vet come and take blood for a pregnancy test (as we do on all our mares). Annie came back negative. All winter, spring, and early summer we waited for Annie to come back into heat and she didn’t. We were worried there was something wrong, but in late June she began looking very fat! She was always a fat-looking mare, but she just seemed heftier. On July 10 I felt her belly and could swear I felt a foal moving. Then I never felt movement again. But on July 22, we went to the barn and there was this little filly, standing up and nursing from her mom! Since we’d lost the first foal that we’d expected from Annie, (after we brought her home and she had it the next morning), we were pretty lucky things went so well without being monitored!
We always enjoy taking our horses to the nursing homes and senior centers! We’d try to do the Senior Assisted Living Center in the morning and the nursing home in the afternoon. Since we always bathed and then clipped the horses on the morning before our visits, it was easier to do both in one day, while they were clean!
The couple petting Ozzie in the photo below and Soldier in the photo below this one were just crazy about our minis. They couldn’t believe how tame and friendly they were! They wanted their senior assisted-living home to get one as a mascot!
In the fall the Head Start class would come to our barn on field trips. Usually there would be a few parents along as chaperones, and they seemed to enjoy the horses as much as the kids!
We never had to worry about our horses when the kids were around. The horses are very “people-oriented.” The foals were constantly handled from birth, so they grew up very easy to handle and quite used to people. A group of 3 and 4 year olds can be quite noisy and boisterous, but we never worried about our horses having a negative reaction.
In addition to the Head Start Field Trips, the group that runs the Adults with Disabilities program would send out a worker with a few clients. The lady in the photo is blind, so she depended on her hands to get a “feel” for the horse. She kept saying how small it must be!
We have also taken our horses to area elementary schools, but I lost my photos of those events! We never EVER charge anyone or any institution for bringing our horses to them or allowing them to come to our barn. It is our privilege to be able to share these wonderful animals with our community. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people we visit is the best compensation we could have!
We always bring our horses into the barn at night, summer and winter. We felt that by bringing them in, rather than letting them stay out in the pasture, they would be tamer and more used to people. We brought the two big horses in first and got them in their stalls. Then the minis would come in. They have always known where their stalls are, and go right into them, but a few of the horses always had to snoop around a bit first, to the amusement of the big horses.
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