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25 years!

That’s right! Charles and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!!!  ……well, we celebrated in our style at least!  🙂  A trip to the big city, where he bought me a couple of  new cacti for my cactus garden, eating out, buying some much needed groceries, and a stop at the state 4H horse show to watch some of the participants practicing – it was a great evening of exactly the kind of things we love to do!  One thing for sure that I have always been glad I did, was marry that man! 

Charles & I on our 25th anniversary!

Charles & I on our 25th anniversary!

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I don’t know if you have ever gotten to experience a newborn foal –7-21-2009 548 2 but wow! they are just like newborn babies – constantly amazing you with their sweet ways. And one of the things I love seeing the foals do…..is sleep. That’s right – sleep. They start by lying down (usually after visiting the milk bar a few times), and then that head gets heavy, and starts nodding down to the ground….and then they just melt over into a flat puddle on the ground. I say flat, because, within their first weeks, they are so “narrow” if you will, that when lying on their sides in the grass, it is difficult to see them unless you are7-21-2009 584 2 pretty close. I can’t tell you how many times I have been out checking on our herd, and I can’t see where the newborns are – you know they are somewhere in the vicinity of those watchful dams, but until you get closer, you don’t know exactly where. As you get nearer, sometimes you will see a little tail flick up above the grass…..”oh, there you are!” …..but isn’t it interesting that God designed them to be “flat” when sleeping…..not only can we not see them – but they are invisible to predators too…..no chance of 7-21-2009 590 2anything stalking them out when they are so vulnerable – especially not before mom can have a say in the matter. So, I admit it, I am intrigued by sleeping foals! Watching their little nostrils flare in and out, seeing a lip get hung open on a grass clump as they laid over, and those little ears that flick naturally if any fly attempts to land there……I think it is all pretty cool stuff!

 

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Stag Creek Magnolia

Stag Creek Magnolia

She’s here!!!! Queen delivered a healthy beautiful baby girl this morning ~ Stag Creek Magnolia! She is like a new ray of light for the farm – a lovely golden palomino and covered in curls! Well built and frisky, this young lady will be fun to photograph as she grows. She has hazel eyes, a perfect star, and her mane and tail are the same coloring as her coat – just a neat little girl all the way around!  She will no doubt be a sweet one too – Queen is famous for throwing exceptional temperaments, and all of Mister’s foals have had great minds and quiet dispositions.

Magnolia tries out her legs on her first day!

Magnolia tries out her legs on her first day!

Creamy curls!

Creamy curls!

Congratulations to her parents *Warrior Sue Queen and *Tall Trees Misdemeanor!

Welcome to the world beautiful foalie!

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Looking through the aspen
Looking through the aspen

We took our two youngest kids up to Colorado this last weekend – to the Weminuche wilderness above Pagosa Springs, and had a wonderful midsummer vacation! Breathtaking scenery, mountain air, and lots of room to explore and roam. We took Charles’ Jeep, and drove it up the trails as far as it was legal – then we hiked as far as our legs would carry us – or until we reached the edge – our daughter fished the lake, we roamed the river bottom, hiked mountain trails galore, and admired the meadows of wildflowers – we had a wonderful time!

Charles & Alek on a mountain cliff

Charles & Alek on a mountain cliff

 My parents went along as well – they have hunted this wilderness for a number of years, and almost consider it a second home. My Mom treated us each morning to her homemade pancakes and apple-wood smoked bacon, and my Dad hiked up one of his old hunting trails with us, to the top of the mountain – way to go Dad!   And although it was a great time of refreshment, I couldn’t wait to set feet again on the soil of our farm, and dive back into work with our Curlies. My father-in-law (he is an awesome guy) cut and rolled up all our hay while we were gone – it was our second cutting – and driving home and seeing the golden bails dotting the field was every bit as exciting as our Colorado mountain outlooks. Enna had not caught any fish from the lake in CO, but managed to snag 4 catfish from our creek when we got back – yumm!!! I just love this area of Texas, and our farm – we think it is a little bit of heaven right here on earth!

 
Enna & I in Sand Creek

Enna & I in Sand Creek

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Aren Daego

They had to be – and it just happened. We find it happens still here at our farm. This last week we fenced off a new paddock out front – which created a nice run for horses in training. The paddock was first shredded – which cut back the weeds that were threatening to seed and the grass that was toughening from the heat. The shredding also spread the manure droppings from our Fjord and Chincoteague Pony colt that had been boarding there – and that in turn will fertilize the land. Then a huge oak that had died a few months back was downed, to prevent it’s eventual crashing down on a fence, and a huge stack of firewood was put away for winter. (I must add here that Charles is a beast with that chainsaw of his!) If that is not multi-tasking, I don’t know what is! The new paddock looks great too!                                                                                           Yesterday was vaccination day! I vaccinated and wormed 24 Curlies, 5 Chincoteague Ponies, and one Norwegian Fjord almost single handedly! Charles did help me out with our two older range mares – they still possess such a sense of wildness, and I certainly wouldn’t rob them of that right at this age in their lives!
All the foals are growing and doing well…..and I discovered some exciting news – one of those older Warrior mares is in foal! I had doubted that she had been bred, but yesterday I discovered I was wrong! Not only did she have an unusually “oval” shape to her abdomen(which can be pretty common for an older unbred broodmare on pasture anyway), but she is also showing udder development! How exciting this is – as I was hoping for one more foal from this excellent mare before being retired from our broodmare band. I have been working her yearling filly – Navajo Rose – in halter for the last few days, and what a fun filly she is – light and willing, and smart as can be! I will keep my fingers crossed that this next foal will be just as special!
And the last event of the day – Aren Daego was weaned, and his dam, Grace was turned back out to the field to finish growing that *Angel’s Spirit foal she is carrying! I can hardly wait for that one!!! More about this exciting young stallion later!!!                                                                                                                                                 

Growing up!
Growing up!

And another fun note about yesterday – Caden! Wow, that colt just amazes me! He is absolutely so doggone laid back – so much fun to be around. He is not halter broke – I have never worked him in halter at all – but I have put a halter on him about 3 times, and led him from one pen, across the road, and into another pen, and each time, he behaved as though he WERE halter-broken! Just amazing!! And yesterday with all the horses being brought up for the vaccinations/worming, I needed the extra pens, so I tied Caden to one of the tree ties, and he stood there for at least 5 hours, and never even worried for a minute! Now that is a good solid mind!!! Curlies are awesome!!!

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What a week!

Life is good at Stag Creek!

Life is good at Stag Creek!

So much to catch up on! Apache has left for his new home in Nebraska, and while his new owner was here, she fell in love with our sweet mare Chekota and her beautiful filly Milinka, so they went too!  All the foals are growing like weeds!  We have a new face on our farm!  Keep watching for updates!  And our new stallion *Angel’s Spirit is doing very well in harness. We hitched him to the drag this week, and it was the first time he had pulled in draft harness – which is a much different feel than pulling with a breast collar. He did so well! That stallion makes my heart beam!

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