Happy Birthday!—Feb. 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Rudy! My, how quickly a year passes. You are so big and weighing in at about 800lbs now. I still remember your first few hours as you so confidently left your mom’s side to greet us! You were a big, strong colt and your mom did such a great job delivering you and it was her first time. Even though your mom will be delivering your full brother or sister next month,  I know you will always hold a special place in her heart since you were her first baby and my first foal as a “grandmare”. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you continue to grow and develop this year.

Love,

Your Grandmare

Manners School for Rudy- 11 1/2 months

Rudy was transported to Fairland Indiana today where he will stay and begin learning manners and practicing trailer loading and unloading. He will learn to be tied so he can be groomed and have his feet done! He needs to learn that this time is like his spa time instead of an act of war declared on him! I am confident that Stephanie and Buddy will be able to teach Rudy the basics. Rudy has grown quite large so this is another reason to head some of these issues off at the pass.

As for Dream ( On The Point), she is about 8 weeks from her due date and I’m sure she is growing tiresome of the pregnancy especially with the Arctic weather and snow we’ve had so far this January. I know I’m looking forward to Spring and to her new foal.

Until then-Stay warm!

October 13, 2013- Rudy-8 months old today

Dropped by today to see if Rudy had changed any in the 6 weeks since I had last visited. Mr. Independent and the other 3 colts in his paddock were kicking up their heels and feeling pretty good in the crisp fall air. Rudy was without his halter which I’m told he gets out of frequently. This made it impossible to catch him so some of us took turns running him around the paddock so we could see him move. I also learned that he remains quite the alpha and won’t let any other horse in the shelter when he is in there and he has to be the first to eat! Watch the Youtube video to see a little of what we witnessed today.

Growing Up Independent

IMG_0240IMG_0242IMG_0239I learned that Rudy is now officially weened from his mama. Actually, Mr. Independent as he is called around the barn, handled it quite well but his paddock foal mates had a tough time with the new arrangement. Evidently, after being called upon to console his new friends, Rudy quickly found that he needed some consolation himself! It has been almost 6 weeks so they all have that past them now. Below are pictures of Rudy and his paddock friends.

It comes as no surprise to me that Rudy is so independent because his mama On The Point is independent herself. I’m sure she fostered this in her young colt. I’m sure his size played a role as well. If she could speak our language to her foal, I bet it would be something like” You are big now young man, time to go fend for yourself a while!” 🙂
Perhaps it is Point Given coming out in his grandson. I understand that Strong Hope, Rudy’s father, was also a very strong willed racehorse and had a front running style most of the time. So I figure, all of this will bode well for Mr. Independent.

Adjusting to the Herd- May 26, 2013

IMG_0204IMG_0201We visited On the Point ( Dream) and Rudy today to find that they had been integrated into the main herd of mares and foals. It appears that Dream has had to take a back seat to another mare in the herd, which she normally isn’t accustomed to! You could tell she wanted to come to the fence to visit, but was keeping her distance. I tried to distract the Alpha aggressive mare and her foal so Dream could eat her treats in peace! That other mare is a hateful ol’ thing! She had all of the mares and their babies flying around the pasture and paddock. Rudy has grown still in just 2 weeks since Mothers Day. He is starting to shed off and reminds me of a buffalo. Dream is pretty and slick. The recent rains we’ve had should loosen that baby hair soon.

Happy Mother’s Day- May 12, 2013

IMG_0187IMG_0186IMG_0188IMG_0183I went to visit On The Point ( Dream) on Mother’s Day to take her a treat and to see how the new mother and son were doing. She seems to be doing well. She is fostering independence in her 3 mo old son and he seems quite content to venture away from his mum without a worry or care. They share the paddock with another mother and a filly. All four seem to be content in parallel grazing while granting each other their space. Dream didn’t care for her baby carrots and seem to be disgusted that I didn’t bring her oat/green apple treats. So, I meandered over to the stallion barn and treated Strong Hope who was more than thrilled as we kept dropping carrots into his feed bowl. He literally would stomp when he wanted more! Love that horse! Attached are pics of Rudy at 3 months taken on Mother’s Day.

Derby Day- May 4, 2013

IMG_0163IMG_0176IMG_0166IMG_0178This year marked the 3rd Annual Derby Day at my house. I started it as a fun way to introduce my family to the racing fever.  By inspiring the upcoming generations in my family, I hope that horse racing will become a fun passion they will remember into their adulthood. To make it feel all the more “official”, we walked and were photographed on the red carpet before feasting on fine food and sipping on mint julips. My granddaughter and nieces enjoyed a silly string fight with Uncle Mike who also served as official photographer. An honor bestowed upon him for three years and counting! There was even wagering  and some funny surprises. Derby Day is my favorite day of the year. One that I look forward to all year long as it kicks off the Triple Crown races. Yes, Orb and Revolutionary were among my choices but so were Oxbow and Will Take Charge. All fine horses indeed. As we approach the Preakness, we wait and hope in anticipation as Orb tries to make history. Godspeed.
Above are pictures of our Derby red carpet event. ( Group picture: front left to right: Sophie, Ryleigh, Maddie; Back left to right-Rachel, Brit, My Mom and Me)