Life on an Arabian breeding farm in Capitan, NM.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Back again…

I have been remiss in posting, but after days, and days of wind we finally got a break in the weather. The first of our hummingbirds have finally shown up, and one can hear the coyotes at night. The freeze pipe in the pasture seems to be fixing itself, as it is no longer leaking. Thank you Lord, I really appreciate that. Everything is bone dry, even the Red Hot Pokers are not as thick as they normally are. I wish we could have an aqueduct from the Mississippi to the western states. We’ve had over 7 months of no precipitation. Every time the winds kick up there are fires, all man caused of course. Why people can’t figure out that “extreme fire danger” means no fires of any kind, I don’t know. But someone is always stupid. One of the fires there was no help for as it was caused by a car that had a blowout. Sparks from the wheel rim hitting the pavement was enough to start a fire. That’s how dry it is.
The last two days I rode, first Marina, and then Ibn. Marina, I actually chased twice, well let’s say I took her out to the arena twice. We changed feed to wheat hay, which received mixed reviews from the horses. Marina turned her nose up at it. I gave them half, and half for the first week. Marina ate it, but only after she had eaten every tiny bit of alfalfa. Some went right for the alfalfa first, and others the wheat hay. The rest just ate whatever was on top, they didn’t care what it was so long as it was food. Mostly they prefer the alfalfa, but like the wheat much better than Bermuda. This week I gave them straight wheat, and Marina didn’t do well at all. She puffed up, and even turned up her nose at her goodies. I threw her into the arena, and she ran until she went pooh. I put her back in her stall where she went again, and then she started eating her goodies. I gave her extra goodies, and got some oil and vinegar, which I need to start anyway for the flies. I bought some alfalfa just for her, but I think I will get half, and half next week. For one the wheat hay is very, very messy. Secondly, the alfalfa is a little cheaper, and I like keeping them on a mixed diet of grass and alfalfa. They all seem to be doing well, not too high, and maintaining their weight.
After breakfast I rode Marina first, chasing her again to get as much of her pent up energies out as possible, or at least I hoped too. Too bad it didn’t work. She was a loaded pistol, and I had to fight her almost the whole ride. She just gets too excited, she so loves to be ridden. Ibn I rode the next day throwing him in the arena first as well. I brushed him down, cleaned him up, got his mane and tail glistening, and tried to get some new video of him first. Then out we went, and considering he hadn’t been ridden for a couple of weeks, he actually did better than Marina, well almost. I have to lead him past the girls to take him to the barn. Now mind you his stall is right next to the girls, but in his mind walking past them is a totally different thing, men! He had gotten really good about going past the girls without getting all goofy, and would barely let out a nicker or two. This time the girls must be near their heat cycle because they all went up to their gates ogling him, and he puffed himself up, arched his neck called out, and even struck out. I of course yelled at him to be a gentleman. I do not have Rudy’s strength, and if he wanted to, I could be dead meat. Since I will be pasture breeding this year by myself, he had better start behaving himself now. I can’t have him rearing on me, or doing some other equally stupid thing. I just wish I could have gotten some photos of him showing off to the girls. With his new body, he had to be something to behold. He is building up nicely, putting on muscle in all the right places, a hunk if ever a girl saw one, and they saw him let me tell you. The girls were all but drooling. Hormones, they run strong this time of year, hopefully not too strong that I can’t handle them.
After that, as I said, we had a very nice ride all things considered. Ibn was high but not too high. Last night I tried to download the video I had taken, but could not get the computer to recognize the camera. I worked on it again today, finally got the computer to connect, and guess what, no video of course. In a lot of ways I really hate this camera, but I certainly can’t afford to buy another, and when it works it works well. It doesn’t take that good of action shots, but the video is fairly decent. Yesterday it didn’t work. Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow.
The kids are growing like weeds. Lance is all legs and the spitting image of his half-brother Ausumm. He will probably top out at 14.3. This year he is really coming into his own, perfectly balanced, with beautiful movement. I was hesitant of gelding him, but Rudy didn’t like his conformation. The problem with these horses is that you don’t really know what they will look like until they are at least two or three years old. Storm nice as he is, needed to be gelded, but not so Lance in my mind. Ser-Haat is all gangly, and will not show his true form for at least another year. Little Big Man is finally coming out of his downhill stage, I think. They look so funny when their backend is higher than their front end. He is almost shed out, but still has a very thick coat for one of our horses who are all very fine furred. I mentioned this to a friend of mine, and she told me it’s the buckskin. Evidently Buckskins have heavier coats than other horses, who knew. I have to work with the youngsters so I can take them out of their stalls, into the arena, and get new videos. They haven’t been out since they were weaned. This is the first time this has happened, but such is life. LBM’s stall is right next to Ibn’s and very close to the round pen. I think I will be able to get him there this summer. Once I can successful work him in the round pen, we can advance to the arena. We’ll see how it goes.
I am also still looking at Warmbloods. I have looked at a lot, but still have not found one I like as well as Sagar. There’s something about him that makes him stand out for me. I have also checked into the RPSI registry. No wonder Warmbloods are so expensive. Not only will I have to put money aside for this year, but next year as well if I want him to go through the RPSI registry. They are more expensive than the AHA, and that’s a lot compared to other registries. Still I think it will be worth it. I don’t think I will have a lot of problems selling the foal, with Sagar’s credentials if I can get it approved, which I don’t think will be a problem. He has exceptional get, and Angel has proven herself a good producer with LBM. I will want to sell the foal as quickly as possible so I don’t have to go through more than one keuring. That will be expensive enough (and stressful enough don’t you know!).
I don’t know why Storm didn’t come out nicer. He’ll be a great horse he’s just not that easy on the eyes. He moves just like Ibn, and one cannot fault his conformation, he just doesn’t have that “wow” factor. I need to find him a home this year. He needs a job, and a human of his own. He’ll be four this year, and it’s time. Here he’s just one of the horses, and doesn’t get the attention he deserves. He’s smart, willing to learn, and loves to please. I really need someone to help out here, but living on a shoestring is not conducive to hiring extra help, someday maybe, but definitely not today. That would be nice though. They could live in the RV, work with the youngsters, and help with cleaning stalls etc. Horses poop way too much. Lately it’s either ride, or play with the youngsters, or clean. Three guesses what comes last, and the first two don’t count! Forget the fact that we also have seven dogs, two birds, two cats (they don’t need much care, just a full food bowl), and the chickens. Three of the dogs are fluffer’s (as Rudy calls them), that need grooming etc., oh and we also have a house with all that that entails. Yes, help would be nice. I can dream can’t I?

The next few days are supposed to be nice, we’ll see how much I can accomplish, and how much energy I can muster. I should be 20 years old, and then I would have all the energy I need to do all the things I want to do. That’s another thing I have to talk to my Lord about when the day comes. I have a list you see, which seems to get longer, the longer I live. Yes we will have a very long discussion. It’s a good thing we will have eternity to talk, because I have a lot to talk about. Meanwhile, I’ll just wait and see what tomorrow brings. If nothing else it won’t be boring.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

At long last…

April is finally over, and we have passed into May. The weather has been beautiful, and the forecast is for only one windy day for a whole week. Hopefully things will settle down in the mid-west and east as well.

No I haven’t ridden. Sunday, and Monday were freezing cold. In fact Ruidoso had snow. Yes, they had snow in May.  Today I strapped down the panels to the shuffling barn, and I cleared out all the rocks that were lining the panels before I moved them. I have to be able to mow that area once the rains come, and everything starts growing. Some of the boulders were too big to move, but I got most of them. I still have to dig up the waterline in the pasture, because it is leaking. I know I should have checked it before I buried it, but I was just too tired, and wanted to be done with it. The good news is because it is leaking, and I just dug it all up, it should be (emphasis on should) fairly easy to dig up. I need to work the youngsters, and of course I need to ride. I will also start working this week, so lets see how well I keep things up while working.

Sadie Lady


 We won’t start breeding until June, but I have to start planning now. I have three geldings I need to sell, otherwise I won’t have room for the foals coming next year.  I will try to breed our two oldest mares, Lizzy (TB mare), and Sadie. I think I want to breed her to Ibn again, and hope for a filly. Lance is turning out to be just like Ausumm only he will be a little smaller. As a two year old he is looking wonderful. He’s finally growing, and can even get his nose over the stall wall. They are so proud of themselves once they can get their nose that high, and do it whenever there is the slightest reason to do so.

 I found a Warmblood stallion (Sagar) I want to breed to Angel. Sierra came out so nice I want to see what she will do with a Warmblood. This time I have chosen a Perlino (I can get my Buckskin, Palomino or another Smokey Black). He’s an imported Czech Warmblood, and very athletic ( He’s also Sweeps Nominated (a big plus). If I could I would breed Jazzy to Chief, and who knows how many others, but I have to limit the number of foals we have next year, every year for that matter. I think God likes keeping us poor, and barely making it. Every time something good happens, and we start to get ahead, ten bad things happen to put us further in the hole. With Sagar, and Chief added to our breeding program, I think we can sell more horses, and who knows we may even become profitable. Both are wonderful stallions. Also with Sagar, if he and Angel produce the horse I believe they will produce, then perhaps I can get Angel approved for the German Warmblood Studbook. That would definitely be a big plus for our breeding program. Of course I know nothing about Warmbloods except they are big, and therefore more desirable for Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. I know that size doesn’t matter when an Arabian likes to jump, or dance or whatever it is they like, however most people out there don’t know that. Granted some of the big breeders are breeding Arabians, that only look pretty (halter horses), but by, and large there isn’t anything an Arabian can’t do once they set their mind to it.

It’s a real shame people have this misconception concerning Arabians. They can be pains in the you know whatsie, but that’s mostly because they are pranksters. I like to think of them as overgrown puppy dogs. They are fiercely loyal, overly curious, extra lovey, and generally full of it. Our boxers, and our Arabians have a lot in common, and they both have those big soft eyes that are simply irresistible. Granted Arabians aren’t for everyone (no horse breed is), but if you want a horse that will love you without question, give you their all, and keep you on your toes at all times, you want an Arabian. I love all animals, but I will always have an Arabian. I’m hooked for as long as I live. Still we can’t breed horses, and not sell them so we will breed our beloved Arabians, and breed our half-Arabians. Besides half-Arabians seem to get that unique Arabian personality in a slightly different package.
Maybe tomorrow I can get some new pics of the kids. They are mostly shed out (some completely). I also want to get new videos of Ibn, Jeri and maybe some of the mares. It takes a long time for me to actually get a video ready to post, but I really enjoy doing it, and I never get tired of watching them. It will take me a while to get videos of the kids, as I have to work on leading, and getting them to come when I call. I’m not going to wander all over the arena chasing a youngster. Yes I need the exercise (understatement of the year), but not that much exercise. Of course now that I have the shuffling barn set up, I can lure them there, close the gate and then walk them back. It’s still a very long walk, but doable I think. We’ll see how the lessons go, and then decide if I take the plunge or not. It will be interesting if nothing else. Let you know tomorrow how things go.
Red Hot Pokers