Part One of my story
Part Two of my story
This is the oldest of the four paint horse foals, DB April Dawn. She had been born on 1st April and was two and a half months old when I arrived, a very classy, pretty filly who has beautiful movement.
And here is Christine again with her momma "Blueyed Kooter", yeah I know it is a strange name but I will get into it's origins later LOL, they try to say she was named after the guy, Kooter, on The Dukes of Hazard, but I know better LOL. This was another very classy beautiful filly who moved like a dream. She unfortunately was a solid or breeding stock paint horse as she didnt have enough white in the right places to qualify her for the regular paint horse registry. Unfortunately just because your paint horse mare and stallion have lots of white spots doesnt guarantee that you will get a baby with lots of white spots too, it is a bit like roulette LOL. When you get into more of the genetics I will explain that there is one way to guarantee getting spots, but that is all for later.
Last but not least this is Paula, DB Paula Leusman. You can't really see her spots here but she has them on her chest and on her left side as well as plenty of white on her face. She has the most beautiful eye. Again I will post a shot of that at a later date, a nice closeup of her eye with it's white eyelashes!! All of these baby paint horses had been exposed to very little handling until I came into their lives so I had to learn quick and as nervous as I was, I was amazed at how good they were. When I was expecting to be dragged off into the sunset by a wild unhandled baby horse, it didnt happen and they learned and absorbed everything like little sponges.
When I said that the first winter here was a huge shock to my system I meant it. I have very few pictures of me with my horses and this is one of the first ones that I have of me and Lori during our first winter. Larry had just bought me these wonderful insulated overalls which I would never survive without!!! They are amazingly warm, just wish I could find something for my hands that are as good but that I can still undo latches and chains with, without having to take them off!!! This was one of the first times that I had actually put a halter on any of the foals and taken them out of the barn on a lead rope. She was so good. This picture and the next were taken by one of our home health aides with a very cheap digital camera so you can see the quality of the shots are not good, but I treasure them.
This is my "Farmer Brown" photo, pitch fork in hand, ready for action!! Again taken with the cheapie camera but definitely had to have this for the record LOL.
That is about it for today folks. To be continued tomorrow ......