October already????

October already????

I can’t believe it’s October in Paris Kentucky.  The babies aren’t babies anymore, they all have been weaned. So no more “foals” at Rosecrest, but we have very active weanlings. They no longer have Mom around to keep them behaving, so they are now bossing each other.  It’s really fun to watch the more dominant personalities take control and the rest play Follow the Leader.  But, then you also have the instigators who decide when it’s time to play and start chasing one another.  If that doesn’t work, he or she will usually bite another on the butt and run while the others give chase.  I do find it interesting how they just naturally run in big circles. The few weanlings being prepped for the Keeneland November sale are learning to get along without their buddies when brought into the barn for the night.  The first week a couple were very vocal about not wanting to be separated.  Like weaning all over again. If you are wondering why they have to come in the barn without their buddies, it’s so we have more time to work with the Sale Weanlings.  All the weanlings are introduced to the trailer, walking on and off so they are easy to load when the time comes.  (Trainer Doug O’Neil, once made an interesting comment that horses that load easily on trailers seem to adapt to the starting gate easier.)  The Sale Weanlings start getting baths and what you might call spa treatments.  They also spend time learning their runway walk: walk, pause, turn and pose and then do it again. It’s all part of growing up, and...