Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Full Sibling Gestating

All photos from her owner :)
My horses past and present are all "one of a kind." At least as far as I know for the older ones, but definitely for the Cobs. They have plenty of half siblings though. I never thought anything of it until I started riding Comrade and began to hear about his siblings. It is so cool to be able to follow them and see the similarities.
So when Roscoe started breeding, I hoped he would have repeat breeding's, but I also knew it was a long shot. His first five are one time deals, thankfully they are stellar. At least one of his sons will probably carry on as a stallion. AI is too expensive and unpredictable to use when you have two stallions of your own to use live cover. I am glad his breeder gave him the chance because that allowed another breeder to use him. You all know that his 2016 breeding was a last minute deal, filling in for another stallion. Fortunately Ella is an adorable filly. I did not think we would get a repeat breeding because her owner normally prefers the bigger Cobs.

Carousel at rest

Ella has received rave reviews about her personality and build. Her owner leases Tawe on a permanent basis and Tawe's owner really likes Ella. She is a judge in Canada, so it is a great compliment. So in June they contacted me about a repeat breeding. After the collection center nearly panicked when they saw the Canadian address, they fit Roscoe in for collection.
Who would not want one just like her?

Unfortunately, both mares he bred did not take the first cycle. Which means no half a hafl next year   :(  For Tawe, they short cycled her and we tried again in July. I told the vet he jinxed Roscoe when he said  he needed more collections. Of course he asked if there were any comments about Roscoe's contribution, but there have not been. I think it was more the vagaries of breeding a maiden and an older mare.

Look, someone is better than her brother during pedicures

Last week while still riding the high from the inspection, we found out that a full sibling is gestating. I am excited and hope the time goes by somewhat quickly. Foal pool anyone?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Up Next

We Survived July!!!

Bring on Intro C
We made it through a busy, hot July and I thought we would get some time to breathe. Then I looked at the show dates. The dressage show is the 19th in the evening for Rosemary and Comrade, and the Welsh show is the 20th for Roscoe and Ember. Four horses to bathe, I  must be crazy. Plus my farrier was scheduled for the 19th. This is certainly my year for doing the crazy schedule. Anyone want to play groom and pony holder?

Rosemary's debut dressage show prep

Yes Comrade, Intro C for you too

To help divert some of the packed Saturday, I asked my farrier to come the Wednesday before, thinking it would not conflict with our 4pm lesson. Turns out he can't come until 2pm, so I had to see if the lesson could move to 5pm. Ah well it will keep me on my toes.
We are squeezing in a trailer visit to the mechanic this week. Hopefully they can fix some minor issues, do an inspection and install the new moon roof since my old one is leaking.  And maybe we will get our electric brake hook up usable again. Luckily our horses are not heavy weights and the truck can stop the trailer.
And then at the end of the month we are aiming to do a cavaletti lesson at Sprieser.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Westfalen NA Inspection, What a Day

The day before the inspection we had storms. I gave never been more grateful for an indoor wash rack. Roscoe wallowed in the mud and needed a full bath. Then we had to braid. He still believes I am out to torture him.

With a little help from Peggy and a bowl of forage we got it done. I sprayed him with WOW and let him roll in the stall.
Early Saturday morning, he looked good except for where he used a pile of poop for a pillow. But we could not get the front door open and I hated to think we would have to walk him through the mud to get to the trailer. Then Mom got stung as we were about to leave. Luckily a sting kit and Larry's magic fingers saved the day.
His digs for the day

He is seriously looking good!!!
Roscoe loaded and we were off. He settled into his stall for what turned out to be a long wait. We were overwhelmed by the response he received just standing in the stall. Peggy dashed off a hand written name/breed/age paper to put on the stall. A couple people seem to want use him for their mares.
When the judges arrived, they went through the paperwork. Since Roscoe is a pony, no x-rays are needed, so we had no missing documents. We had to wait for the order of go and then the briefing before the inspection started. Roscoe was 12th, last, after mostly mare/foal combos. He was the only stallion.
Having never attended before, it was fun to watch. The judge was not using a mic, so we missed a lot of the comments.
Standing was hard, he kept wanting to meet the handler

When it was Roscoe's turn, quite a crowd was watching. His handler held him for the initial exam where he is judged on conformation, breed style and is measured.

 Then he walked and trotted in hand. He was a good boy for the handler.

 At liberty he just wanted to zoom around. Not surprising after spending hours in a stall. Sometimes he got distracted by mare pee or a mare in the stalls bordering the ring.
The judges


Oh Hello

He also had to visit the crowd in the viewing room. They thought he was looking at the food, until we said that he came for the people.

The German judge finally told the people to back off the whip snapping and let him be. Roscoe then was able to trot, somewhat. He did not have a chance to settle into his big, open trot.

Next was the free jumping. He had to wait while they built the chute. Roscoe thought it might be a good time to poof up at the stallion in the mirror. Silly boy!

The look of knowing what he is doing

Sadly, they did not have enough poles/standards to make three jumps. They started with two small x's and built the second as he went along. Roscoe knew what to do and dealt with being led nearly to the first jump. Watchers were right on the side of the chute. I was at the end to catch him.

The line of people
They put the oxer to the max height creating almost a box oxer. This one stopped Roscoe,  so they dropped one side and sent him again. This time he flew, with room to spare. Later on Peggy and I measured the back rail at 3'8. My pony blows my mind.

I am amazed by this pony ;)

13.3 hand Cob vs 3'8 jump

Finally he was ridden by the handler, but it would not count against him. He was energized and made the rider hold him tight. Riding ponies requires so much body awareness especially if you are over six feet. With very little time, they walked, trotted and cantered. He was deemed rideable.

The judge believed he was of good type and conformation if on the small side for a Cob. He has "useful" gaits including the uphill canter that allows him to jump so well. Sound familiar? I guess if an Irish man and a German both say it, he really must have a wonderful canter.
While we waited for the scores, Roscoe received so many compliments. Peggy now has to make business cards for him because so many asked.
Roscoe had to get a microchip in his neck, but he did not even flinch.

 Then the score sheets were handed out. It was kind of German to me and I had to ask what it meant. His score makes him eligible for stud book 1 once he completes the performance requirements. For now he is in stud book 2a (don't know what "a" means). He is recorded, but not approved. One lady emailed me later and asked if they recommended he stay a stallion. I told her the notes did not say to geld him. They actually asked if we thought we could get the performance scores by next year. Uh, that may take a miracle.
It was a very long, but fulfilling day. Roscoe certainly did not disappoint and gained a new fan club. I can't wait to see the pro pictures. I am really glad we took this step. Now we get to see how his filly does in a few weeks.