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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
7:40 pm
Lieke Had a Filly!
I just wanted to let everyone know that my mare, Lieke, had a beautiful filly last night. The sire is Fridse 423. The little girl (name still pending) is strong, fiesty, and of course, gorgeous.

Everything went smoothly and quickly, and I think I may have broken a few speed records last night in my dash to drive across the great sate of Maryland. While I missed the delivery, I was there in time to see her stand and nurse for the first time.

Lieke is a wonderful first time mom, she nickered to the filly when her nose started to break the sac, and was very gentle with her. Everyone said she acted like she's done this many times before.

The trainer's wife and I are calling her "Frieske". It's a nice combination of Lieke and Fridse. I don't know if the name will stick, as the foal is not mine. For those of you who aren't in the know, I traded the foal for training for Lieke. Now the tough part begins; not getting too attached to this bundle of joy. I think Lieke and I will both be distraught when it comes time to wean.

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Friday, February 13th, 2009
3:37 pm
Just wanted to share a photo. My adopted brother, so to speak.

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
12:46 pm
Ben and I began the year with stable duty.  How I can hate housework and like the messier version is still a puzzlement.  Perhaps it is because it is not my standards or the sheer messiness means every step reduces entropy.  Maybe it is because I am not the responsible one - whereas at home there is the larger issue of household management, budgetary missteps, and other aspects which I take as guilt- bearing.  (Hmm, I should work on that to change my attitude...)  I like the stable.  I like picking stalls, not minding manure of the large herbivores, whuffing at the horses and having them breathe in my breath.  I have a favorite broom to sweep the aisle - the only one that is comfortable to use with no adverse back muscle spasms.  I am there to be there, not rushing to go elsewhere or do something else, something more. 

Rubbing Queen down is like embracing bits of a large teddy bear - she never moves and that is why little kids like her in the stall.  She stays.  There is none of the restless scary stepping of the Saddlebreds in the barn.  I cannot reach across her chest from outside the front of one leg to the other side - again, not the Barbie doll Saddlebreds.  Reaching to towel between her hind legs, the rumbles of her belly sound as if some dinosaur were trumpeting.  Queen has the nicest lips on her immense Percheron mouth.  I can imagine the flexibility of an elephant's trunk tip as she whisks sugar candy or carrot off my palm.  Today she was making absolutely sure none of the wedding candy glass was left and sucked on my fingertips - so gentle, so dry(!?!) and almost a sigh as she realized that was the end for the day.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
10:57 am
Horsey Stuff
I’m having a bit of fun with Zazzle while I’m on break at work. Yesterday’s goodies include:

Mares & Foals Coffee Cup

Mares & Foals Tote Bag

Mares & Foals Bumper Sticker

Chestnut Mare & Foals Magnet
Saturday, September 6th, 2008
8:26 pm
Flying Friesian!

I don't think I ever posted pictures of TJ jumping here! He is quite the jumper, now, having only been jumping since April of this year, and he enjoys it and has a blast! I don't jump (I actually wanna have him trained for western, now! He's started neck reining! ^_^!), but this is my friend Kate jumping him! She adores his jumping, he gets very rounded and tight...she says he's the most awesome jumper she's ever ridden (and she's a pro, having ridden a lot of huge Sporthorses 4ft and higher! O_o)!!!

For those who don't believe Baroques can jumpCollapse )

Current Mood: creative
Friday, August 29th, 2008
10:55 am
I wrote this to friend here on LJ, but thought it might also have relevance to folks in this community.

I saw this story on Animal Planet about a vaulting horse who had fallen into a frozen river. It was a touch and go rescue, but he finally was pulled out and thawed and is fine. I couldn't help but think about you and your daughter and the tribulations you guys go through.

What goes into the choosing of a horse for vaulting training? I keep seeing all the wonderfully large PMU mares up for adoption nationwide, and they seem like a good pool to go prospecting in. Has anyone considered that?
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
7:21 pm
AWR v. AWS? Friesian Part-Bloods...

Hello everyone! I'm new and I'm hoping someone out there has some experience trying to register Friesian crosses...

I have a half-Friesian filly who was registered and inspected by FBHR (Friesian Bloodhorse Registry.)  Unfortunately, this registry has experienced some serious turmoil, including a recent split into two "similar but hating each other passionately" registries--FBHR and Friesian Cross Registry. There is a ton of bad blood between the two registries right now and I don't have any faith in either at this point. I'm being told that I can get "new and certified papers" if I turn my old ones in (bearing in mind that I'd waited almost six months just to get them in the first place...) and I'm about ready to wash my hands of the whole mess.

So...I'm trying to figure out where people are registering their Friesian cross-breds and if they're happy with the level of service they're getting.

I'm currently looking at both American Warmblood Society (non-profit) and American Warmblood Registry (for-profit).  Has anyone registered with either of these organizations?  If you have...did they do well by you?  I've spoken to representatives for both and been really impressed with the professionalism.  I'm hoping to find a registry that offers more than just fancy papers--I'm looking for one that rewards horses for performance and showing achievments, a registry that has some semblance of legitimacy in the open market.  

Additionally, those of you who have shown under either venue....were you penalized for the "Friesian body type"?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Friday, July 25th, 2008
3:40 pm
Hello!  Thought I'd share some photos of my boy! I usually take terrible pictures, but I'm happy with these, so I wanted to show them off (so they are Xposted)! *^__^*

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
11:30 am
Friday Question
What is your dream saddle? Do you currently own, or is it on your wish list?

(And from backyardhorse:) What is your favorite horseback riding memory of all time?
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
1:44 am
costume classes
hi everyone!
wow it's been a while... (used a diff alias before)
at any rate, i'm trying to find some local costume classes for me and my boy. i live in southern california. does anyone know any? or know of some kind of website that would list some?


Current Mood: exhausted
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
8:27 am
War Horse Costumes?
When I was in London I drooled over the horse armor at the Tower of London display. Example here: http://www.aceros-de-hispania.com/image/medieval-armors/horse-armor.jpg

Does anyone on here have replica tack or medieval period costumes for their war horses?

I am so tempted to buy my 1/2 Percheron reins like these: http://www.usfriesianreferral.com/imagesforwebpage/costume-pixcus.gif
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
10:48 pm
New here :)
Hi! I've only just found this community, thanks to alabastard adding me to his flist, and I'm rather glad I have. I've been after a heavy horse community for ages!

Having had a quick scan through the member list I'm assuming the majority of you either know me from equestrian or are actually on my flist ... but for those who don't. :P

- 6 years ago I did work experiance with the local show yard Brookfield Shires (at one time, the largest yard in the country)
- I was asked back the following January and worked for them for 4 years, until I was made redundant
- They have since changed their name to Waldburg Shires, are based at Sacrewell Farm Centre, and although I now work elsewhere, I have still been back several times to help at shows/on the yard/etc.

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I'm looking forward to seeing photos and hearing stories about your own beautiful beasties!

P.S. And for those of you on DA, you can check out my 'photography' here ... it's more or less always of Shires. :P
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
5:17 pm
Central Texas On Farm Partial Lease (X Posted)
What does it mean to lease a horse?

By leasing a horse, you get a lot of the privileges of owning a horse like being able to ride on your own schedule and having personal time with the horse. Some leases will also expect you to assume many of the responsibilities of horse ownership - from feeding duties to scheduling the farrier and vet visits. Regardless of the terms of your lease it is a great way to try out being a horse owner at a fraction of the cost and risk.

At Bella Peregrina Ranch, we offer partial leases on our horses. We will retain all responsibility for feeding, farrier and vet visits. Leasers will get use of our tack, tools and facilities according to a mutually agreeable schedule. Lease fees will reflect how many days a week you want to spend with the horse, but generally are $75 a month for 2 days a week. (HORSES WILL NOT LEAVE THE FACILITIES UNLESS TRANSPORTED BY BELLA PEREGRINA RANCH.)

Riding instruction is not included in a lease, but we recommend leasers consider taking lessons on their leased horse to be sure that they are getting the most out of their relationship with that horse. Interested leasers who have not taken lessons from us before will be required to take several lessons so that we can get a good
understanding of their skills and desires.

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Contact info:
Phone: five one two - two six nine - six three zero nine
Email: skyeds(at)tex1(dot)net

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
3:45 pm
Christmas 2007 Pictures

Faith, 17 mo Gypsy Shire Drum filly
Tally, coming 2 yo Arabian filly
Sjouke, 31 mo Friesian stallion
Arthur, blue & gold macaw
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
9:36 pm
Lieke's Keuring Photos - Help Me Choose
They've finally been loaded to the website! Check them out here!

Help me pick out the one I can afford to get in 8x10. Which are your favorites?

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
12:01 am
Keuring Videos
Here are the videos from Lieke's big day

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Monday, October 1st, 2007
10:08 pm
Lieke had an off day...
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Current Mood: I've been up since 4 a.m.
Friday, September 28th, 2007
10:57 pm
Monday Monday Monday!
Monday is Lieke's grand debut Keuring. I'm getting pretty nervous, apparently the judging was quite harsh in Michigan (out of 37 mares, 2 (I think?) made Ster and 22 got no premie) and it's the same judge that's coming to Morven Park. Today I was down at WUAS helping getting in the way as the horses were prepped. I'm going tomorrow too, hopefully I'll be more of a help than I was today. I assisted the massuese/chiro with Lieke and one other horse, stood around with a horse no one seemed to want to hose off (he acts like a twit in the crossties), then helped bathe Lieke with black henna stuff.

Anyway, here are some videos of her last weekend and some pictures. They keep telling me she's one of the best movers on the farm (YAY!) and the trainer is excited and thinks she's a lock for Ster.

You know you wanna click here...Collapse )

Monday, August 13th, 2007
12:45 am
I decided to make an attempt at creativity and put together a video of my horses. I hope you enjoy.

Sappiness This WayCollapse )

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, July 30th, 2007
10:36 pm
Must Think Happy Thoughts...
I'm sad. We put down the family dog tonight. In an effort to cheer myself up, I figured I'd subject y'all to an update on Lieke.

She's been at Wish Upon a Ster for about a month now. Every weekend I make the trek across the great state of Maryland (and burn up 1/2 a tank of gas in the process) to spend a few hours with my girl. I will narrate in pictures; I'm not in the mood to write a whole hell of a lot.

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Current Mood: Heartbroken
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