Friday, September 4, 2009

The Weanling Fillies

I haven't done a post about my two weanlings in a while. I haven't taken pictures of them in a few months. I just go out to the barn, feed them, clean up after them, brush them, walk them around, and then turn them out, and some how I forget to take pictures. But yesterday I made sure I took my camera with me. They have gotten so big. Josephine is the strangest color ever. Genetics wise she is a buckskin, but looking at her I would never say that. Josephine has gotten tall and has filled out a lot. She is still more prissy and more cautious than the other filly. I guess you could say she acts more "Thoroughbred like". She isn't spooky but she needs some time to warm up to you first. Josephine also has a chip on her shoulder about Mr. Cowboy. Mr. Cowboy changes her hoof bandage and they have had some words about it. Josephine tired to talk back, but Mr. Cowboy won. Now she stands like a lady. I hope this isn't a sign of how she learns things. She'll let you do it the first time, then freaks out about it the second time. The third time she will fight back, and the fourth time she lets you win. She is nothing like Tater/Luna/Moon. This filly is the first one to meet ya at the gate. She wants you to love on her, scratch her rear and feed her. We can lead her anywhere, trim her hooves like it's nothing, and even let the kids brush her. Also, poor Tater/Luna/Moon doesn't really have a name yet. When I talk to Mr. Cowboy about her, I just say, "Your filly" or "Blaze's filly". What I do know is that this girl has a booty!! It's HUGE!! Josephine is a bit jealous. Every girl wants to have a nice booty. Josephine has a nice booty, it's just not as HUGE as Tater/Luna/Moon's. But Josephine has one thing up on Tater/Luna/Moon. She has some pretty sweet legs!! Oh I can't wait to ride her. To really see what she can do. She naturally has a level head and is flat kneed. Yearling Lunge Line Classes here we come!! She even sets up on her own. See how she just holds her head? I am really hoping she is going to be a star. If I can get her hoof back to normal. We are duck taping it and waiting for the toe to grow out. Which seems like it's taking forever. Beefy horse and Beefy Dog are both eyeballing the food. Belle was hoping Tater/Luna/Moon would share her food. Both fillies are really good with the dogs. They are really good with all the normal and not so normal barn noises. They are used to screaming children and all sorts of ruckus. I need to get them ready to get hauled to places so by next February they will be used to going to shows. Mr. Cowboy is really excited about showing Tater/Luna/Moon. He says, "I am going to kick your butt". Which I do not think is funny. I am hoping to show to get PAC points on Josephine. We have three shows by us that do PAC points. But her being a solid paint, I wonder if that would still work? I am really excited to work with both of these girls. And if anyone has any tips for yearling halter and yearling lunge line classes, please share!! I am trying to be prepared for the months ahead. And this silly boy is going into Barrel Racing training. He is Josephine's half brother, Ozzie. I am doing the training my self. I am going to start some lessons during the week with a trainer to make sure I am doing it right. Being that I know NOTHING about barrel racing. Ozzie just likes to go. We rode him at a rodeo last month. I need to post about that. He did a 24 second run. That was his first time in that arena, he trotted to each barrel, stopped at each barrel, and cantered home. I ran a 24 with my mare cantering the entire thing and thought I was going fast. Ozzie can sure track some ground!!!

14 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! The fillies sure have grown up. They have filled out beautifully. And it'll be interesting to see what color Josephine turns out to be finally. They are both beautiful!

I'd love to see a video of you barrel racing. How cool!
Sounds like you've gotten over your fears riding Ozzie, too. After his training, will you be running barrels on him at the rodeos?

~Lisa

Mrs Mom said...

Lookin good out there!! Looking Good!! Nice booty indeed ;)

Give them all a rub from us!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Josephine almost looks like a marble of different chocolates and fudge. Mmmmmm.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Obviously you know I am fond of a bodacious booty, but I think Josephine's booty is just the right shape for what you are wanting to do with her.

I wonder if she is going to turn out to be one of those super dark buckskins? They almost look like a chocolate brown horse, but have golden dapples. Oohhh-those are COOL!!! I like them almost as much as I like a chocolate palomino.

Ozzie...a barrel horse? AWESOME!! That might just suit him to a Tee. Looking forward to hearing how that all transpired.;)

The Caple Crew said...

Tater is a pretty sweet a*# name!

Paint Girl said...

The babies are looking really good!!
I think you can show a solid Paint bred in PAC. The point system is different than when you show in the APHA breed shows. So I don't think it matters, you just have to show the officials at the show the registration papers of your Paint.
PAC is just a way for everyone who owns a Paint, since not all owners are able to participate in the breed shows, to be recognized for showing a Paint. I thought about doing that with Fritzy a couple years ago.
Can't wait to see how Ozzie does barrel racing!! Fun!!!

KD said...

I'm with Lisa - it'll be interesting to see what color Josephine turns out. She has such a lovely face and graceful looking legs. The yellow baby is cute too, but I think the two tone girl is my favorite.

The Wife said...

Ahh, the girls are so cute. Maybe you should name Tater, J-Lo, with that butt! ;o)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Your girls are lovely! It should be interesting watching Josephine's technicolor coat changes. And Tater/Luna/moon is sure built like a brick Sh#thouse!

Why are you taping Josephine's hoof? Did I miss something?

Amanda said...

Girl you got yourself some nice fillies there, both of them are exquisite.

The Wades said...

All that showing business is lost on me. All I know is you have two super cute little girls there. I think cute is a theme in your life. :)

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

They grow so fast! They are looking good! Nice booties! I love their coloring.

Stephanie said...

You have two very nice fillies - I can't wait to read about your adventures with them next year.

My yearling lounge line advice is - practice, practice, practice, practice. And you'll need to season the holy h!ll out of them. People on our show circuit get there babies going great at home - limiting there practice time to save their bones, but then they go to a show and the babies loose their minds. They act up - they don't listen - they spook, and in general don't place well because of behavioral issue. So take them to as many shows as you can. Do the bath thing the walk around the grounds thing - get them in warm-up pen lunging - let me spend a couple of night in a stall on the show grounds = that way by the time you hit your first show - all of that stuff will be old news.

Also while you are practicing find that energy level where they are moving good and yet still well behaved - memorize and exactly how much exercise it takes to get there and then use that at a show.

Also it seems like they can't eat enough - I have noticed the winning lunge liners getting more and more halterish chunky so keep up on their weight.

Stephanie said...

let them - not "let me" - let them spend a couple of nights in a stall at the show grounds getting used to the routine.