Welcome to my world, I’m Lyra Miller proprietor of The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm and Lil’s Coffee House and all round helpmate for Rosecrest Farm. I love my world and sharing it with friends via The Guesthouse and Lil’s. They in turn have encouraged me to share it more widely via a blog, so here we are!

 


Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Three foals in three days…. in my book, that’s a busy time at the farm! But first let me refresh your memory.  We had Baby Penumbra early this month, and the other mares due this month were: Rose dela Troienne due Feb. 8 Miss Dixie Rose due Feb. 14 First Shift due Feb. 15 Golden History due Feb. 25 Common sense would tell you that Rose dela Troienne would be the first of these mommas to deliver.  But I will remind you that we’re talking about pregnant mares who sometimes don’t follow common sense, let alone look at their projected foaling dates written there on the stall door. So, without much notice, First Shift decided on February 25 at 12:30 in the morning that her baby was ready.  More accurately, her colt by Goldencents decided it was time!  Momma had an easy delivery, helped by the fact that he was a manageable 115 pounds in size.  Her colt was very content to be bottlefed and just snuggle in the straw.  He did try out his legs by 1:45 AM.  He was quite sturdy and walked around his stall and Mom helped him figure out the nursing thing.  With Mom and baby doing well, Chuck and I went back to the house and let Hugo continue to monitor them and the other mares. We got almost back to sleep when Hugo called and announced that Rose dela Troienne (then 17 days over) was finally showing signs that it was her turn.  Back at the barn, Chuck found that she was ready but the foal wasn’t quite in the correct position. ... read more
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... read more