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!

 


Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Ten days until the Kentucky Derby. You’d expect me to be writing with excitement about our boy Goldencents having a Derby Horse from his very first crop, right? Nope! We had five mares left to foal when this past week started. Born To Be Winner and Get Back Anne were both overdue (since the 8th) and Born To Be Winner is a maiden, which always makes me a little nervous. Maidens are mares having their first baby. You never quite know how they are going to react to the foaling and mothering thing. (Get Back Anne has already had a foal and was a good momma.) Hit the Limit’s due date was the 13th and Ivanka’s due date was the 15th… so that’s four of the five.  Orientatious was just hanging out since she isn’t due til May 6. During the waiting game, my morning starts with our guests asking, “Any new babies last night?” and my answer was the same, “No, none of the girls are even acting like they’re close to delivering.” As most of you know, there are signs to watch for and we weren’t seeing any.  One of the first signs is the mare will produce milk, so you’ll see their bag start to swell.  Well, nobody had a bag on Sunday, on Monday, on Tuesday.  So we were surprised when Born To Be Winner gave birth to a Jimmy Creed colt at about 4:45 AM on Wednesday the 17th. With no bag – meaning she was not producing any milk – we had to feed the little guy one of our bottles of colostrum... read more
It really and truly is Spring!

It really and truly is Spring!

Spring, like pregnant mares, doesn’t read a calendar. No matter what the calendar says, there is generally a day in the Bluegrass when you just know that Spring has finally come. This year, it was a glorious Sunday (aka March 17) when we’d had a couple of warm days the week before.  On that day, the sun was shining and there was just a beautiful spring smell in the air.  The grass was beginning to green thanks to the warm days that week, and maybe that’s what created the beautiful smell.  It’s hard to describe, but when it comes, it fills your heart. And this year, we were blessed on that particular day to be celebrating the arrival of three foals in six days the week before.  Icing on the cake. The first was Suzy Malibu.  This was her second pregnancy, and so far she seems to be a creature of habit – good ones.  Once again, she foaled at the civilized hour of 10 PM and once again she was right on the average gestation of 340 days…. on March 9.  Just like last year, she didn’t give many signs… just got restless for an hour and then, “OK, it’s time!” Her colt by Jimmy Creed was anxious to throw his long legs around in a few attempts to get up, and he did spring up all by himself in just 35 minutes.  He didn’t stay up long but then he got up again and immediately figured out nursing.  He appears to have a voracious appetite!  After about an hour, he finally laid back down and took a nap. ... read more
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