Two Long-legged Babies

Two Long-legged Babies

After the last three girls delivered on March 8 and 9, we were still waiting for Orientatious (who was due on March 1) and Another Moochie (who was due on March 11). Soooo, on March 20, when Chuck said at breakfast that he thought we’d have a baby today….I said, “Great! Orientatious is finally deciding to have her baby. ” He said, “No, not her, but Another Moochie.” So, as usual, the girls have their own timetable! Moochie had a nice day grazing in the sun, came in to the barn at 4:00 PM, ate her dinner, relaxed in her stall and about 7:00 started pacing her stall and by 7:45 PM produced a very handsome Uncle Mo colt who weighed in at 123 lbs! Moochie, who is not real tall, produced a colt with legs almost as tall, or long, as hers.  And to have a colt, when Uncle Mo is the sire of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and leading 2016 Derby contender NYQUIST from his first crop, is very, very cool. Moochie is a very loving and attentive mom and had him nursing within 90 minutes. Since her owners are in California, they were happy with the news and pictures before dinner, and I was thrilled to be in bed by 11:00 PM. (What a treat when moms deliver so I can be in bed by 11!!!) So still we were waiting for Orientatious to deliver our third Goldencents baby. About 1:00 PM the next day, Orientatious started acting agitated in the pasture… like maybe there was something that weighs 118 lbs. with four long legs moving around...
Are You Watching Me?????

Are You Watching Me?????

Some of you may remember “The Florida Girls” from last winter.  Now that they have been here for more than a year, they have acclimated to the Kentucky winter and have their winter coats, so no additional blankets were needed this spring.  But they have kind of tended to do things together, and eight days into March, we were waiting for Our Unbridled Gem (whose due date was Feb. 23) and D’Chili Pepper (due date Feb. 26) to foal. If you want a reminder of their foalings last year, click here  to read about the Florida Girls hating our winter of 2015 and “Chili” foaling and click here to read about Our Unbridled Gem’s story. The March weather in Kentucky this year has been unseasonably warm, making being at the barn much more comfortable for us humans.  Our Unbridled Gem was enjoying the weather and looked to be very content to hold on to her baby indefinitely.  D’Chili Pepper was of the same mind, and she was showing no signs of getting close to delivering. The only one looking like she might deliver was our mare, Miss Dixie Rose.  So for several days, Miss Dixie kept us on our toes, thinking “Today is the day.”  And then the next day, “Today is the day.”  Our Unbridled Gem wanted to know why we kept looking at her, and D’Chili Pepper had us convinced she had no intentions of having her baby in the immediate future. Soooooooo, at 11:30 PM on March 8, while refilling water buckets, D’Chili surprised us by saying, “It’s time!” and within about 20 minutes, it was all over...
Everyone does their part

Everyone does their part

While waiting for the next foal, the farm’s daily routine keeps everyone busy. Chuck is at the barn by 6:30 AM, setting the plan for the day and checking to be sure no mama or baby has a temperature, and so on. The vet is usually here by 8, and sees all the mares who are in the breeding cycle. I’m kept busy with fixing breakfast and introducing our B&B guests to the world of Thoroughbred breeding, raising and racing, if they are interested, before I’m off to Lil’s Coffee House. Then there is Teresa. Most people have no idea how vital she is insofar as keeping it all going smoothly for us. She is the ultimate Jack-of-all-trades, and master of most. Teresa begins her day by checking emails, printing the TDN (Thoroughbred Daily News) and meeting B&B guests at the breakfast table. Then she updates teasing charts, books mares to the assigned stallions per the vet’s interpretations of the mare’s optimal time of fertility, prepares the paperwork that goes with each girl to the breeding shed, communicates with upcoming guests to answer questions and book a farm tour to Claiborne….or has to inform people that “No, we don’t have riding horses on the farm”.  Some days she may be more of a therapist or IT person, and she even helps lead horses when needed.   Oh yes, and she prepares the bills for the boarding clients and helps field questions from them.  We’ve been SO lucky to have her for the last 10 years! So back to breeding….at this time of year, the horse trailer is kept busy going to...
Waiting, waiting….

Waiting, waiting….

As you know, we had three babies during the first six weeks of the year. For some reason, we now (since Feb. 12) have four mares who have decided the “normal” gestation time of 11 months has not been long enough. Sooooo we are impatiently waiting whilst three MORE have a due date of this week. It looks like one of these nights soon we could be very VERY busy. Our Melody’s Spirit filly was our first born this year and the first born of her sire Atreides.  She is still very sweet and is loving the nice weather.  Meanwhile, her half-brother Whitmore was second in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes on February 15 in just his fourth career start, which gives him Derby points.  Woo-hoo! Our OTTB Lord Darby is having a good showing in Florida this winter.  (I’ve gotta figure out how it is our retired racehorses go south for the winter and Chuck and I hunker down here!)  Darby was sidelined for a bit last fall, but has started 2016 with two strong showings.  He has a second and a third, and trainer/rider Allie Knowles is very happy with his new, confident attitude.  Darby is also known as “Doodles” because of his young, playful nature.  Although he is 7, that is still a baby in the Eventing World.  And Allie has this baby performing more maturely than ever.  YAY!!!  His mother, Darby Hope, at 19, is one of our retired mares at the farm and she is very proud of him. At the racetrack (Santa Anita, can you believe it?), Miss Noble Rose is moving right along with Team...