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.
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!
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.
I 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.
We 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.
What a bright and welcomed bit of news! On The Point ( Dream) is 18 days in foal with a 2014 Strong Hope! Hoping for another big colt!