Summertime

Summertime

The babies are growing, the yearlings are maturing and the mamas’ bellies are starting to show they are pregnant again.  In case you were wondering… YES it is hot here, too!!! The babies don’t care.  They play tag and see who can pull the hardest on the other’s halter.  The guests at the B&B really enjoy watching the evening antics after dinner. Orientatious 18 may be the youngest (born May 8), but WOW what attitude he has!  He likes letting the older ones know that he is a force to be reckoned with.  Penumbra 18, the oldest of our 2018 crop, is quite the independent filly.  She’s already been weaned, along with Golden History 18, and will hold her own at feeding time against the mares.  She’s an impressive filly by Colonel John. The yearlings have changed their schedule too — from just hanging out in the pasture all day to what we call Sales Prep.  That means they come in to the Yearling Barn at 7 AM and go back outside by 6 PM.  While they are in the barn, their schedule varies a little bit but includes being bathed, groomed, walked and learning how to use the Automated Walker properly. Some of our guests ask why we do all this, and the answer is “for many reasons”.  Keeping them in during the day keeps them out of the sun, which gets rid of their sun bleached coats.  This, with the grooming, puts a beautiful shine to their coats. The walking gets them used to the way they will be walked at the sale.  The youngsters need to...

Crazy Busy Spring….again

I’m not sure that our loyal blog subscribers got an email Sunday with our report on the last four foals arriving.  Sooooooo, in case you missed it, here’s a link:  Click HERE Hope you...
Crazy Busy Spring….

Crazy Busy Spring….

Well, it’s been too long ago that I’ve shared life at Rosecrest Farm.  We have been very busy foaling, breeding, receiving fillies off the track to acclimate and breed and going to the races to see our homebreds run.  I’ll start with the last four foals born this year. Flaming Slew was one of those very thoughtful mares who delivered at 7:55 PM.  She started giving us signs two days before foaling, but then about 5 PM she let us know it was definitely happening soon.  She easily delivered a 128 lb. filly by Constitution (G1 winner by Tapit). This big girl started out a little shy, but now is so friendly I think she’d be happy if you just stayed in her stall and rubbed on her all day long. On April 11, Malibu Gem delivered, only one day after her projected foaling date, a 123 lb. colt by Not This Time (by Giant’s Causeway) at 10:55 PM.  We may have to call him Daddy Longlegs because he has verrrrrrry long legs.  His legs are so long that it took him quite awhile to get them all working together. You may remember from previous years that Malibu Gem likes to deliver when she thinks no one is watching.  This year, however, she actually gave us a little warning… not much but enough that we knew she had to be watched — although in a way she couldn’t see you.  She’s a sneaky girl and this year was a little possessive as a Mom. Three days later, Bellezza Rosso delivered a sweet 105 lb. filly by Goldencents.  Bellezza did give...
Foaling two-by-two

Foaling two-by-two

This is the year for babies to come two at a time. We’ve had two babies in one night before, but we’re not a huge foaling operation so it doesn’t happen all that often for us. This year, we’ve now had that happen THREE times! That might not sound like a lot until you realize that represents six babies out of the nine born so far in 2018. Hot Attraction started the action on February 27.  She was three weeks past her due date, so we had even had the vet check her several times just to make sure all was good with the baby.  She was good, baby was good and sooooo considerate that she delivered before dinner!  Yes, I said “before dinner” at 7:00 PM. This colt by Carpe Diem has an unusual blaze – sort of a broken blaze / blaze in two parts.  It reminds me of a successful horse I’m used to seeing in the last few years, but I’m drawing a blank on the name.  Can anyone help me??? With Chris having everything under control with Mama and baby, Chuck and I went back to the house.  I reheated our dinner and we ate while catching up on the other happenings of the day.  The phone rang and Chris said he thought Suzy Malibu was showing some signs of wanting to deliver. Soooooo back to the barn we went.  Suzy Malibu was a maiden mare (meaning this was the first time for her to have a baby) so we had no historic reference on what she was going to show us before delivering.  At...
Ladies First

Ladies First

It’s that time again….Foaling Season. Penumbra started us off by delivering on January 30 – a week early.  She delivered a beautiful redhead filly by Broken Vow weighing in at 106 pounds at 4:25 AM. Next, Diamond Stilettos delivered a good size Goldencents colt.  He showed up at 3:25 AM on Sunday, February 11, weighing 114 pounds.  As you can see, he is very flashy, with a nice big blaze and three white socks. He was in no hurry to see how his legs worked… very content to let Mom give him a thorough bath, scoot around his stall, drink a bottle  and then finally stand up. He wasn’t the youngest for long!  First Shift delivered a fiesty filly by the new stallion Upstart about 20 hours later-  at 11:30 that evening.  She was compact, but really big in spirit.  As the video shows, within 20 minutes she decided, “It’s high time I get up and eat!” Click here to see her video. She continues to show her feisty spirit when the guys pick her hooves.  She is quite willing to let them work on her front feet, but has decided her back hooves do not need their attention – thank you very much!  Once they remind her who’s in charge, she finally agrees to let them get the job done. On the 22nd, we had a filly by Goldencents, out of Golden History.  She’s a big, beautiful 138 pound filly, but watch the video and you’ll see how Momma steals the show from new baby / protects her from prying eyes. Click here to see how… Yesterday (February 24),...