Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Saffy at 20 months

Saffy is now 20 months old and starting to grow up and fill out a bit. She's currently running out the back with Mack and Twinkle. She's pretty cute and should make someone a lovely riding horse in a year or two. I am currently looking for a long term lease home for her (I might want her back eventually to breed from) so if you are interested in a young Hamish daughter, get in touch.

Speaking of Hamish progeny, Alii (by Light Spirits) has been scanned in foal and is now for sale. She is a nice big rangey mare who was easy to breed/handle while she was here. Light Spirits is Reilly's dam sire and has sired some handy sport horses. If we were not so full, I would be very interested in this mare myself but unfortunately there is no room here. Her ad can be viewed here: Lefine Alii

While I am at it, Tee is also for sale. He's a super cute park hack sized gelding by Hamish and is priced very reasonably at $1200. Youngsters by Hamish don't come on to the market very often as people with his foals like to hang on to them. You can view his ad here: Kismet Farm Karma

Maude is in season and Hamish served her this morning. We will have him serve her a couple more times in the next few days and then book John to come out and scan her about 16 days after her LDOS. Hooves and finger's crossed!

Saffron says 'Hi'!
Pretty girl - So like her dad
View from above

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Some news and another late run ...

After every breeding season I swear I will not accept mares after mid December yet every breeding season I do! Lucy arrived on Saturday, Cricket arrives tomorrow and Missy should be arriving some time in the next short while as well. Ah well, at least the boys will be happy but Christmas is going to be busy!!

The most recent arrival was recently sent down to Masterton to her new owner supposedly after a positive 42 day scan - Turns out she is in fact not in foal and Jamie called me late last week to express interest in using Robbie. I was not planning on accepting any more mares for him now that he has sold (the 'news' part of this blog post) but, as he is currently alone and not due to leave us for some weeks, I decided it would be a shame not to help Jamie out.

Robbie and Lucy were introduced yesterday but Lucy was not all that interested (was PG'd on Wednesday last week!) but this morning I went out and caught her and she was served and when I went out to check them again this afternoon, Robbie served her whilst I was sitting in the paddock so, now she has proven she will stand happily in the paddock, there is no more hand serving required! Lucy is a nice type of TB mare with a sweet nature (I am still waiting for her breeding details) and has demonstrated a very lovely trot in the paddock and I am in no doubt that she will produce a very nice type of foal to Robbie.

Cricket came to visit Hamish a number of years ago and foaled a gorgeous grey colt foal named Oscar. Tragically Oscar died as a yearling so she is coming back to try again. She is a lovely little bay TB mare by Blazing Keel out of a Rustington mare. She should be back with us/Hamish tomorrow.

This morning Nick and I led Maude and Enya up the road to be closer to Hamish in preparation for Maude to be bred to him again. This will be her fourth foal by Hamish and I have a queue of people wanting the cross. It's just a shame that Maude is 21 years old but she is a strong healthy mare and I have no doubt still has at least a couple of foals left in her. They were great to take up the road. It is a 1km walk and we were passed by three cars - by the time the third car (the post van) went past, Enya was a pro with traffic. Last seen Hamish was performing some of his very best moves for Maude in the paddock adjacent and Maude was ignoring him completely!

Robbie calling to his girl
Happiness is ... a paddock full of munchies and a pretty girl
Lucy (breeding tba)
Robbie will be heading to his new home in Oamaru once his new owner has paid the balance of the purchase price and organised his transport. I will then need to get my A into G and transfer his insurance policy and ownership over to her. I am very happy that he is going to a nice home where he will get the chance to settle a few more mares but I am going to be devastated the day he leaves. He's been a wonderful horse to have around the place and has sired some truly lovely foals. Meg, who is already a very special girl, is going to be even more special now! I had hoped he might sell more locally so that I could use him again in the future but with him going so very far away, sadly this is never likely to happen. I can only wish his new owner the very best and hope that she enjoys having him around as much as we have.