Post by callum Brandy on May 2, 2020 9:45:53 GMT -6
2 new faces & broodmare updates!
Meet OCS Oak O'Lena!
Our beautiful smokey blue roan mare. Isn't she just beautiful?!
After decided to add another mare to our broodmare group i started to lightly browse the sale sites. None were really catching my eyes enough to give the owner a call. However as soon as i saw a photo of Lena i don't know what it was, but i had to give her owner a call. We spoke on the phone for awhile, discussing about her, and then our conversation got a little off topic as we were talking about studs xD anyways long story short i ended up buying her!
She arrived today from my transport guy. She backed out of the truck, was calling out a bit as he could hear distant neighs of my other horses.
Meet Buck! A very handsome 2yo gelding who arrived 2 weeks ago. Buck is freshly broke, but very promising undersaddle. After a quick testride before i purchased him i knew right away he was a good horse. He was so responsive and just went where ever i pointed him. He was chewing on the bit a little, i'm not sure if it's just a little quirk or if he needs his teeth done so will be getting them checked soon. His owner & i went on a small ride up their road so i can see him outside of the arena. Trucks & cars flew past, and well Buck...didn't even flinch.
I could not pass this boy, i knew he would make an amazing allrounder to have.
I haven't updated on the broodmares as much, nothing very interesting going on so the only pictures i can get are them just grazing in the paddock. Also they all look extremely neglected & unloved at the moment because of how dirty they all are xD I think a mumma pamper day will be coming up
When we got the first ultrasound done on the mares to see the embryo. Nite & Zip were confirmed pregnant. However sadly Holly, no embryo was to be seen and her uterus looked empty. We took her home and i told the news to her owner. We both were quite upset, as her owner had planned this one to be her last foal and not her last. And the fact that this is the 2nd time she hasn't taken to a stallion it probably means she isn't fertile, or is but there only a small opening to catch it. Anyways, i told her owner i'd take her to the next ultrasound i booked for the heartbeat check. As sometimes the ultrasound might not pickup the embryo.
Heartbeat ultrasound. Nite & Zip both had very healthy foals. Holly came up and BOOM! Right on the screen, there it was. SHE IS PREGNANT!!!! I was so happy i immediately texted her owner. She like Nite & Zip had a healthy little heartbeat in her.
Anyways here is a photo of them, fat, muddy & being moody.
Whos foal are you more exited for??
Oakbanks Nite Of Illusion (seal bay) Oakbanks Zips Heaven Sent (Chestnut rabicano splash) Holly (grey, base coat back)
All breed to Toblerone Luva (bay min overo)
Or my mare Oakbanks Asscott Empress Georgia (bay) who is bred to a blue roan tobiano.
Post by callum Brandy on May 3, 2020 8:30:53 GMT -6
Marla Maibach thankyou! I'm curious too :3 i'm hoping for some colourful ones!
New saddle who dis?
My new saddle finally came! It is so beautiful and so comfy! I tried it on Ryan first as i needed to ride him, fit him perfect and i must say it looks fantastic on him... What do youse think?
My ride with Ryan went good. I'm still slowly getting used to him. He is very different to my boys that i ride. He is very quick on his feet and sensitive. Any slight leg on him he goes, or yields. Not complaining though! Would rather a horse like that than one that doesn't even listen to your legs xD We just focused mainly on trotting, working up his fitness. We did some canter circles towards the end to stretch his legs out a bit but then called it a day after an hour.
Toby the stallion i have staying here was due to go back to his owners last week. However his owner is considering selling him sadly, as they currently own 3 studs and are struggling to keep them all active showing & breeding studs. So they plan to sell 1 and sadly Toby is at the bottom of that list. Because i'm practically partners with the stud, he asked me if i would be interested in bringing Toby back into full show season work so his ready to be sold and that potential buyers can see what he can do. I of course said yes, having Toby on our property is no problem as he is such a gentle boy.
So today i rode him for i think the 5th ever time. Iv'e ridden him before at my friends place, but he was in full work then. But this is the first time me riding him on my own property, out of work and his owner not here. So i was a little nervous After a little lunge Toby was really quiet & responsive so i got on. Like the last times i have ridden him, he was no different thankfully. He was a smidge nervy when i first got on, but that was because i was nervous. But after i knew he was fine my nerves settled down, and so did his. We just did a basic workout, i was going to set up some trot poles but i didn't want to work him that much seems as though he hadn't been ridden in over a month. I had a lot of fun ridding him, and i really love having him here at Oakbanks....don't tell my wife...but i might ask how much they are selling him for :3
picture of him having a good itch on the arena fence post.
*Toby is the sire of 3 of the foals due this year*
We finally brought the mares up to the foaling barn to have a little "pamper day". All ladies loved having a brush & bath from the kids & i. Except for Zip...but shes just a typical red mare Who knew such a beautiful horse was hidden under all of that mud & dirt on Holly! We let her into one of the small foal paddocks to get a picture and she was prancing around snorting. We sadly could't get her tail as white as we got her mane....i think that will require some more xD
2 months to go until foal watch! *will do big time jumps so it won't irl months *
Post by callum Brandy on May 9, 2020 21:25:50 GMT -6
Foal watch has begun!!
Yes you read that right! Foal watch had begun. After observing Holly she was showing signs of early labour 3 days ago so we transferred her into the stall however it was a false alarm. She now gets a small 1 hour turnout maybe more depending how she is each day. I'm sleeping over in the stable everynight. She seems very very close so get exited guys!!
Also more quite exiting & unexpected news... Our local auctions because of Covid-19 are closed but instead are running online auctions. I was browsing and came across this heavily pregnant mare who is supposedly due around 1-2 weeks. I straight away thought "why sell that mare??!" but then i read the description further and her owners are getting evicted from their property where they keep her so need to sell her. She was papered, carried good reining lines and she was bred to a black reining stallion who iv'e actually seen irl. I put a bid on her and actually won her with that 1 bid which was surprising. Anyways she arrived yesterday and at the moment is just in a foaling paddock so i can keep a close watch on her. The vet is coming out tomorrow so check everything on her and to maybe give me a clear date on when she might be actually due.
Post by callum Brandy on May 12, 2020 0:02:58 GMT -6
2 Colts have been born!
I woke up at 7am and made a coffee in the barn after checking on Holly. She seemed a little distressed. When i came back i checked her over and decided she seems to be in early labour. This went on for about an hour, she kept changing from looking like she was gonna foal, to looking perfectly normal. But after that she eventually went down and had a quick & easy birth. It was just me, everyone else was still asleep however because Holly has had several foals i wasn't too worried about having more people around incase.
She has given us a beautiful little black & white overo colt. He was pretty small for a colt so when i first saw him i thought it was a filly. Despite how small he was that didn't stop him from standing up super fast xD He also easily nursed....thank god Holly is a natural!!
I rang my wife Bridget on the phone and told her to bring the kids out to meet him. As they were coming out Bridget noticed something was not too right with Nite, one of our mares who is pregnant and due however wasn't showing any signs of labour. She called me and i came running out and Nite was in labour.... I immediately grabbed her halter and led her into her stall.
Nite gave birth at a very very cute little bay colt. Who has gotten her little spots and even a slight badger face from his sire! He is the most perfect colt and has everything.
They are now both a day old and got vet checked. Both were very healthy and so were Holly & Nite. We got the all clear to give them a turnout to let them learn how their legs work properly and so their mumma's can have a graze.
More than happy with these two colts, fingers crossed we keep this "colourful" chain that my mares have going on and we get 3 more coloured foals however my bay mare Georgia won't have a coloured foal as she and the sire is solid. However i can hope for a roan..... She is due this week, but hasn't got any wax and her bag is still not really full. They think she won't go for another weak or two
As for Zip & our newest mare Tesla...both are still on watch. However my vet checked them both today and we checked their PH levels and she said really really really rare if one of them was to foal tonight. So i got the all clear if i wanted to.... to sleep in my own bed for tonight
Post by callum Brandy on May 17, 2020 2:22:30 GMT -6
Andrew Ford Thankyou! I cannot wait to see your babies :3
foal #3 born
Oakbanks Zips Heaven Sent aka Zip gave birth to a very beautiful filly last night!
My 1am alarm went off (i'm back sleeping in the barn) and i got up to check her and she was fine, just standing. As i was laying down back in my bed, trying to go back to sleep i couldn't help but to listen to Zip in her stall next to me. She was fidgety and kept moving around which was preventing me from falling asleep. I got back up, put slippers on and actually went into her stall. Her hind was very loose and i had a feeling she was going to foal. I quickly turned the barn lights on, made myself a quick coffee and i was still half asleep, and waited.... at 2am thinks started to calm down. She seemed fine! So maybe it was just a false alarm. I texted my wife saying it was a false alarm, went back into the office to turn the lights off. When i came back to her stall i had another quick look at her and...OMG....she was down on the floor and was having a baby! Geezzz Zip, good at pranking me. I ran, turned the lights back on and went into her stall. I felt up the foal just to make sure it was in the correct position. I never like to interfere unless i have to. However no matter what i will always go and feel to make sure the little one is in the correct position so i can call the vet asap before it's too late. Thankfully this fur child was in a good place and she came out super fast. Gave Zip acouple minutes with her baby. She isn't a maiden but her colt that she had 2 years ago she was a little unsure with him. Thankfully she knew right away what to do with this child.
I went in & checked the gender. A filly!!! She is stunning... A very pretty little bay, with one belly spot on her side that you can see. I was expecting something more flashy from Zip but she is purely perfect 😃 She also looks to have gotten the rabicano gene as she has little white hairs in her tail & some white "sprinkles" on her flank as my kids like to call them.
She already has a name, we had it picked out even before she was born if it was a filly 😃 it's "Avalon"