I have lots to catch you up on …so I’ll start with the B&B. We have been very busy with many of our regular guests who come every year, but had to take last year off, as 2020 was a year that wasn’t. We’ve also been meeting many new guests that seem to enjoy finding a place to rest, relax, and commune with all the horses on the farm. As guests spend time on the farm, it’s fun to hear their stories about which horse they have identified as their favorite.
The last two weeks the guests have had the rare experience of having Chuck doing all farm tours. Recently he had a couple, Tamera and Lyle from Illinois, who also knew a good friend of Chuck’s from years ago. He’s realizing how enjoyable it can be to introduce our guests to Rosecrest Farm, the horses and the resident cats and kittens but also hearing the stories that our guests bring.
Ok… you might be wondering why Chuck is doing the farm tours and my sister, Linda, is in the kitchen every morning preparing breakfast. Well I fell and broke my kneecap, so for the time being I am not able to bend my knee. Hopefully I’ll be able to start rehabilitation soon, many adjectives come to mind to describe how I feel about this situation but I’m trying to stay positive and looking for the silver lining.
So let me get back to the most interesting topic…horses. I’ve already shared our first six foals with you so let me share the rest.
Sweet Halory ’21 by Goldencents, light bay filly born on 3/14 at 2:45 in the afternoon. She was eager to get up and succeeded within 25 minutes. And this Goldencents baby is the first we’ve had on the farm with such flashy color and markings. It will be fun watching her grow up.
We had to wait two weeks before Chaybaby decided it was time to introduce us to her beautiful filly by West Coast. She was only four days past her due date and started giving the typical signs that foaling would be soon, she delivered at 9:51PM quickly and fortunately easy. Both doing great.
Then three days later it looked like Bellezza Rosso was going to deliver right on her due date but not wanting to be too predictable, she waited in a very agitated state until just after midnight and delivered a filly by Goldencents. This girl stood within 30 minutes and weighed in at 128lbs…and I think she was thinking my mom has already produced a stakes winner but wait till they see me run.
Then six days later Penumbra was lazily grazing and must have thought “It’s almost time to go into the barn and it’s such a nice day I’ll just have my baby here outside”. So she did and quickly…her water broke at 3:20 and as Chuck watched she laid down and needing no assistance, had her long legged colt by Klimt in five minutes. Both seemed to enjoy the fresh air.
Take Charge Beauty was next. She decided not to wait for her due date but delivered the night before. As many mares, Beauty decided that the late hours of almost midnight was the perfect time to have her baby. She also was trying to see how close we were watching because she gave none of the typical signs of delivery but seemed to say “Hey Autumn are you watching, I’m ready”. Shortly after she delivered a healthy filly by Summer Front. And, as you can see even Jack wanted to see the new baby.
We were now down to our last mare. No matter how long it is before the last delivery it seems like forever. Fortunately it was only 9 days for First Shift to deliver her nice filly by Always Dreaming. This mama usually has very easy deliveries but this filly must have needed some extra maneuvering before delivery because once her water broke she was up and down four times before delivering a broad shouldered filly weighing in at 133lbs.
All the moms and babies are doing great and growing fast. We have two babies that are vying for the hospitality award… Pistol Packin Rose 21 and Penumbra 21. These two see guests and make their way over to greet them and let them pet them for as long as they want.
While we were in between foalings, our barn cat Charlie, gave birth to four kittens. I thought we’d be giving at least a couple away but as the weeks went by and Chuck started naming them I knew we had four more barn kitties. They are… Lily, Tigress, Jack, and Four Socks. We have lots of videos of these four but this was an outstanding shot our guest, Shirley, got of Lily and Tigress.