Hope everyone is well! It's been a weird year!
We now have 7 horses- 6 mares and dear George. George is lame with side bone in his front right foot and not being ridden-- we hope to take him to NCSU Vet School for a thorough assessment but they're only taking emergency cases since COVID came along. He will likely live with us forever and become a babysitter when we have actual babies.
Two are now in training-- Joey is with Kirk Hall in South Dakota and doing well-- though we do plan to sell him soon so we can focus our efforts on girls. Below is our Farrah-- she started training in April (she's kind of small) but picking up her cues quickly-- this is the latest of Josiane Gauthier training her-- it's one of her first times with a snaffle bit in her mouth-- she's growing up and looking strong!
Kachina, our 'big time mare' (I call her) went off to be AI'd this spring but neither time yielded an embryo. By the time the semen got to us, there was a very low count and it just didn't work out for us. We had hoped by now to have 2 babies on the ground and 2 on the way and we have 0. This is a hard business but we're not stopping!
Our others include Shelby (Richard's cow horse), Lucy (our yearling who will go to Josiane next spring), and Jaeger-- my horse that we recently purchased. She's a finished reiner but hasn't been shown much so no earnings-- but she's the sweetest horse and loving her new life!
We plan to purchase a weanling this year or a 2/3-in 1 (a mare with a weanling by her side and maybe also pregnant) if we can find it-- but we're also not rushing because our focus in the next 12 months is moving to the farm so it's not as hard to take care of all of them.
Hope you enjoy the update!!