Weaning Time at the Farm

Weaning Time at the Farm

Wow, what fantastic weather we have been enjoying in Paris, Ky!  The babies are growing and we have started weaning the older ones.  Weaning can be a stressful time on the farm for mom, babies and guests. Fortunately, we at Rosecrest Farm have found that if we wait until the foals are six months old they have started weaning themselves. At four months, the foals are still very attached to moms and moms are content to have the babies under hoof.  By five months you see the foals spending more time playing with the other foals and forgetting about staying close to mom.      It’s fun to watch how when the mares start feeling the pressure in their bags, they realize the babies have been off playing too long and give a low guttural sound calling their foals to nurse.  Most of the time the foals will come with just a call or two.  But sometimes you see the mare call several times and the foals decide they are having too much fun and ignore the calls.  Eventually the mare will actually go and get the foal and give the foal a reprimand.  It seems in the horse world the mares have not taken a permissive attitude.  Babies learn: mares rule. So, of the 11 weaned we only had a couple babies not happy and it’s interesting they were both colts.  One we call Max but technically is Maxnmacy ’15.  If you have read the earlier blogs, this is the colt that stood up before his mom, and has developed into a strapping young colt. The other was CJ — a...

Real horses…Virtual Stable.

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Sunday like we did  here at Rosecrest.  After my last blog when I mentioned adding Sweet Halory to your Virtual Stable, I was informed by many that they would love to but had no idea what a virtual stable is — much less how to add horses to it. I realize this blog for some will be like reading Virtual Stable for Dummies but guess what — there are many who had never heard of having a Virtual Stable, so please read on and enjoy knowing you know something someone else does not. Plus there are some fun photos and video to follow. First, let me share a training video of Sweet Halory. (Remember, we posted pictures of her leaving for California in our last blog?)  This is her second work since arriving there.   She is on the outside and a colt by the name of Thoughthatcounts is on the inside, August 5, 2015.  Take note that she is running “in hand”, which means the jockey does not ask her to do anything, just letting her run instinctively.  <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/08UAWkn7GTk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> And, yes, we are so very proud of her.  And, yes, we are loving the great communication from Team O’Neill! So, back to Virtual Stables … This will allow you to keep track of horses at the track (ANY track).  Once set up your Virtual Stable, you will receive an email that tells you when a horse in your Stable has a timed workout, when they are entered in a race and then the results of that race. Go to www.equibase.com...
Beautiful Summer day at Rosecrest Farm

Beautiful Summer day at Rosecrest Farm

I sit on the porch and realize we have been blessed with a beautiful morning at Rosecrest Farm.  It’s quiet except for the sound of birds chirping and a few cicadas.  The sun has risen and is casting a beautiful light across the pastures and the temperature is 60′ and there’s very little dew on the grass.   I can’t believe it’s August 2nd. It’s been a while since my last blog and I’m sorry for not being more attentive to my loyal followers.  The summer has been very busy and, until this past week, very wet. Many might think our summer is a slow time for breeding farms since we are done foaling and the breeding season is over… Well it’s not !!  The babies are growing and it seems like each week one of the twenty-eight find some way of creating new drama. The yearlings are being assessed as to which ones are going to be sold at auction and which ones will get to just chill out for the next few months until it’s time for them to be saddle broke and then go into training to learn how to be a racehorse.  A few of the babies think they have it down . . . run fast in a big circle and don’t let any of the others catch you. 😉  The mares are still being checked to make sure their pregnancies are progressing in a healthy way.  The vet examines them via ultra sound about every 30 days.  Otherwise they spend the days grazing and watching their foals grow. Some moms are more protective than others.  It’s...