View Full Version : Our two new auction babies
03-21-2010, 08:56 AM
Photos coming soon I promise!
We picked up two mares at the special auction today. Both are thin and in need of some good tucker and TLC but otherwise very pleased with them.
Narrawin Morning Quest is a 7yo chestnut mare with flaxen mane and tail. I had to give her a bute n molasses sandwich this afternoon which she accepted with cute big oogly boogly eyes and very ladylike little bites despite her obvious hunger. Hopefully she'll feel a bit more comfortable tonight and get a good sleep.
Wandadilla Serenade is a 5yo Saddlebred x Arabian mare chestnut with a big blaze. Pretty face and a little shy, wanted to stay close to Morning Quest as they had been yarded together at the auction. She will be broken to saddle once she is in good condition, should make a really cute riding horse.
03-21-2010, 10:06 PM
Very glad to hear these two lovely ladies got a nice home. I can't wait to see pictures! :thumbup1:
03-21-2010, 11:16 PM
When I got up this morning my mum (who co-partners the stud) anxiously rushed over to me and told me the purebred mare was lying down and was she ok???
Well it looks like the bute took effect and the poor lady decided she was amongst friends and had a good sleep flat out on the ground. She had a banged up and swollen hind leg that was obviously bothering her (kicked in the crush being branded, some bark off but otherwise ok) and it looked like it has gone down a bit overnight.
They both looked very handsome greeting us at the gate with pricked ears for breakfast. Their feed bowls were polished clean! Not bad going considering we put about 10kg (20 pounds) of hay in each of them last night!
03-22-2010, 04:57 PM
Great news Sil :)
03-22-2010, 08:13 PM
Good work, Sylvia!
03-22-2010, 09:20 PM
Last night's thunderstorm was just crazy, went right over the top of us and we were drenched with thunder, lightning, rain, wind, the works. Our two new ladies were rugged to keep them warm from the wind chill as they don't have any real body fat. The rest left nude as they are well padded, and it didn't get below 20 overnight.
Everyone greeted us this morning with pricked ears looking for more hay. Morning Quest's leg has gone down substantially - very pleased!
More storms this morning and I am at work, watching the radar it looks most of it is going east of us thankfully.
Still waiting for power since last night, 70,000 homes without power. Hopefully it is on when we get home as the horses will need water but if it's down then we have gravity fed water as well, fortunately!
The ladies are drinking and eating a treat and looking very bright, we're really pleased :D
Photos still to come, have been too busy with this storm.
03-23-2010, 05:39 PM
Okay, these are a couple of quick photos I managed to take last night.
They are both starting to waste some hay in their paddock, a luxury I don't think they have had for a while :001_cool:
03-23-2010, 08:05 PM
-Or will be once the weight picks up; they look like quality. Should bounce back from that tough spell over your winter and be fat and sassy by spring.
Is the world economy hurting horse owners there as it has here?
03-23-2010, 09:13 PM
Our economy has taken a hit here but surprisingly it hasn't been as bad as I expected as far as horses go; it seems that many people have simply scaled down on their affairs and elected to keep their horses if possible, even if it means no competition etc.
I guess it proves that horses are a lifestyle not a hobby that can be put down at any time.
We picked up Morning Quest for $2000 and Serenade for $800 both unbroken with papers.
They both stink of the saleyards and will get a wash and a brush on the weekend and we need to give them stable names :blush:
03-23-2010, 10:12 PM
The face on Morning Quest looks exactly like my boy!! Bless you for saving them, it looks like you will have two very pretty horses on your hands once they get some more "groceries"!
03-24-2010, 10:27 AM
04-05-2010, 01:03 AM
Well here they are two weeks later :)
Both have come along really well, put the kilos on and had a bath for Easter. They must be feeling all right as we've had a few 'performances' in the paddocks the last few days :)
So nice to work with, we're really pleased. Sandy has already started a light education in order to prepare her for breaking to saddle...!
04-05-2010, 01:06 PM
What's Star's breeding?
04-05-2010, 05:22 PM
Her pedigree is here:
04-08-2010, 07:17 PM
Wow, not sure how I missed this thread until now, but what lovely mares!
05-08-2010, 02:10 PM
you have done a great job with the fillies, both are beautiful horses.
They are blessed to have you in there life
05-08-2010, 07:27 PM
I'm going out this morning to do some work with them so hopefully I'll have some new photos!
06-04-2010, 07:47 PM
We're at the two month mark :)
Here are two photos of each of the girls, happy to say they are looking a treat and starting to grow a winter coat, finally!
06-15-2010, 06:57 PM
No training piccies, but Sandy and Star are coming along great!
Sandy is now wearing her leather beautifully and is about halfway through mouthing. Once she is finished with a little desensitisation I'll be backing her. She is the easiest horse I have brought on, she snorts a little, 2 moments later she accepts 'lesson learned' and that is it.
Star is amazingly smart and is maybe a little too smart. I thought initially she was just reactionary spooky, but on further study, she seems to imagine what 'might' happen in her head and then spooks at that thought rather than what is in front of her.
I've spent a few lessons desensitising her - bag and whip, sacking her out and so on. This last lesson was the most telling; she stood there relaxed and did not flinch at all as I waved and banged that bag onto the ground like a champion all around her, on her and up to her face (although she naturally reacted when the bag came to her eye and ears, which is fine, she stood to have the bag hand rubbed on her face). I banged her all over with the padded sack and she stood like an old nag.
Now in the paddock she is a lot more confident and I can walk up to her, catch her without snorting. I can walk up to her and pat her head and shoulder without her spooking. I can put on her rug with her loose, and while I still halter her to take it off as she fidgets, I can see it won't be long before that is no longer needed.
So next weekend I'll begin to educate her. All the horses on my property are at least green broke to saddle so she will be no different. I think she will turn out to be the rock solid one in spooky situations once she learns to use her mind for good and not evil. :wub:
wow sorry wall of text!
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