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New foals!

Pure Bashkir Curly Horses

*Snowfox and her new colt!

We are so happy to announce the arrival of two beautifully wonderful foals to two of our very own young mares – *Snowfox and *Constance, and sired by our lovely stallion *Mister. Not only have these two foals thrilled us with their outstanding conformation and color, but they have warmed our hearts with their sweet and friendly personalities. They have been a joy to watch as they grew and played in the front paddock since their births, and have often made it hard to accomplish farm chores as they entertained us with funny bucks and racing!

*Stag Creek Mecate Bashkir Curly Horse Colt

*Stag Creek Mecate

March 29 / 11:58pm brought the birth of *Stag Creek Mecate – *Snowfox’s handsome bay tobiano colt! *Mecate is long legged and as sweet as pie, and perhaps a bit mischevious. :O) He is covered in lovely loose curls, and carries beautiful paint markings! We are so thrilled with this wonderful addition to the pure Bashkir Curly world! He is bold and fearless and loves attention…..exactly what we expected from this match!!!

*Stag Creek Mecate Bashkir Curly Horse Colt

Newborn *Mecate

*Stag Creek Chama Bashkir Curly Horse Filly

*Stag Creek Chama

And April 2 / 10:08pm was the happy moment when *Stag Creek Chama came into our lives! This darling filly from *Constance is exactly what I was hoping for! A buckskin tobiano (possibly sooty too…..time will tell), and almost an exact duplicate to her mother in form, this sweet girl has been taking our breath away from her first little nicker! *Chama rivals her older brother for the “friendliest foal on the face of the earth” award, and is absolutely breathtaking in movement – grace and fluidity come naturally to this little doll!

Pure Bashkir Curly Mare and Foal

*Constance loves her foalie!

I am posting newborn photos here, as I did not want to rob you of getting to see them. And I will post newer photos and updates in a bit too……I just thought you might want to see them from their very first day – I know I certainly get a thrill from those newborn moments, and I hope you enjoy them.

Pure Bashkir Curly Horse Mare and Foal

*Snowfox and *Mecate stretch their legs!

And need I say how proud I am of these two young mares? *Constance and *Snowfox were born on this farm 4 long years ago, and I quickly tucked them aside as keepers! I simply could not wait for the day that they began making their own contributions to the Curly genetic pool.

Bashkir Curly Horse Mare and foal

*Constance and *Chama

 It seemed like a short eternity before this day finally arrived, but all my expectations were exceeded with the birth of these foals. I just knew these mares would do a great job as breeding mares, and it looks like they did! :O) And the way these two girls approached motherhood was certainly a fun tale to watch unfold as well. *Snowfox was laid back and relaxed from the beginning, and not the least bit worrysome; caring for her colt in an “I have done this all my life” fashion (even though *Mecate is her first). And *Constance – though calm and relaxed with humans being around her foal – was not the least bit interested in sharing her *Chama with any equine friends! She fell totally and completely in love with her foalie, and created a “bubble” around her little darling that no horse could enter unless they had her approval first! She was an awesome sight to behold, as her native instincts took over, and a protective spirit took posession of a normally aloof personality……so much so, that she even refused to allow *Spirit a chance to breed her on her foal heat, because even at 9 days after foaling, she still was not willing to share her filly’s space with another horse. Isn’t that cool! I like a mare that can put a stallion in his place…..and I like a stallion that can be put in his place! These are the best personalities to have for the safety of the foal…….I simply would not have a stallion on this farm that would run a mare down. That is an extremely dangerous situation for everyone involved, and not something I would ever want to deal with. Thankfully, our two stallions are very dear boys – I will be elaborating more on that……so check for that post soon!

Curly Horse Colt

*Mecate says"Howdy!"

Welcome to the world beautiful babies!

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An update.

I am sorry that I have been silent for so long……this post which I have needed to write for some time has just been too hard to consider; heartbreak came in a very real way to our farm in March when we lost Morning Dove’s foal. The sadness which filled me in the following weeks kept me in tears, and each time I tried to write this post, I ended up in a puddle. Not only was my heart breaking at the loss of this dear foal, but for my sweet mare too – for she was suffering as well. For almost two weeks she called out in a soft low nicker – the kind a mare uses for her newborn foal – she was looking for her baby, and it tore my heart out. I did my best to comfort her, but I knew it would take time for both our hearts to heal. She missed her foal, and I did too. Every moment I spent with Morning Dove my stomach was accompanied by a sick feeling, something was missing at her side – someone…..and we both knew it. I miss this sweet filly, and I will always miss her. I miss her now, stepping boldly away from her mom’s side to come see me; running and bucking to try out those long new legs; whickering out in reply when her mom called; and lying out flat in the grass with her tail flicking up and down……..and I will continue to miss her – I will miss getting to watch her grow; her beatiful curls and lovely eyes; I will miss the funny things she would have done, like helping me with my chores and taking my tools; I will miss her sweet ringlets sticking up from her mane, and the comical proud look she would have worn on her face when she had learned to manipulate a low hanging tree branch to scratch those cute ringlets out…….and so much more…….she would have been a complete delight, but it wasn’t meant to be. I know that we do not always get to understand why such things in life happen – I know there are so many folks that carry much heavier sorrow than this each day because of losses, and my heart goes out to them. And yet, I see their courage, and I want to be courageous; I see their compassion, and I want to care more; I see their hope shining through, and I want my hope to shine too…….for there is much more waiting for us later on – this world and all it’s delights and joys is so wonderful, and when we miss out on these it is very painful – but the hope of Heaven is a far greater joy – so much so that it is almost hard to comprehend. It waits for us, and it will be awesome……no pain, no tears…..and being with our Lord – our joy will be made eternally complete!

Only a few fellow Curly breeders and friends which I was in conversation with at the time, knew of our loss – and I was so grateful to have the encouraging words and kind inspirations from each of them. I hope the rest of my web friends can forgive me for keeping to myself for these weeks – it was just too much to face at the time; even though I knew that you too would be doing whatever you could to help. 

And, on a much more cheerful note…….we had two healthy, happy Curly foals and a tiny Falabella foal born on our farm in the weeks that followed, and one Curly foal arrived safely in France to a mare we exported last fall – so those were definately great reasons to rejoice! I was almost a nervous wreck awaiting their arrivals, but everything went perfect! I will be posting their web pages and photos soon, so check back in…..I think you will like what you see! Amongst the joys and sadness of these last weeks, life has gone on. Children and animals alike continue to do things to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face, and the pain of loss is not so sharp now.

Some of my critters and kids having fun.

 

Thanks for always being there, to lend a listening ear or to offer encouragement…….you guys are the greatest!

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