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Title: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 24, 2017, 05:11:47 PM
I bought a new little mare this weekend, and she was delivered today,  she's a half-sister to the mare I lost last year.
 Meet Sophia, 12 year old, grey, 34-35" AMHR mare.
She was exposed to a stallion for 2 months, so I may be creating a mare watch thread for her too, but that can wait til she settles in at least.
I have one picture, will try to get more soon.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on September 24, 2017, 07:47:06 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She looks so much like her half-sister!  I know you're excited, and you should be!! 

Did they give you any information on who she was exposed to, so we can see what you (and us) might be expecting next year?

Again, congratulations!!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 24, 2017, 08:04:24 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She looks so much like her half-sister!  I know you're excited, and you should be!! 

Did they give you any information on who she was exposed to, so we can see what you (and us) might be expecting next year?

Again, congratulations!!

Thank you.   I've just let her settle in this afternoon, I'll see about doing something with her starting tomorrow.   She'll be in quarantine pen for a few weeks, then move in next to the mare pen to get to know the girls, then I'll try integrating her into the herd.
She's going to send me the stallion report information once she sends it in.   She couldn't remember his name, as she owns him jointly with her friend and he resides at the friend's house.   I believe she said he's a silver dapple pinto, but don't quote me on that.

Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 24, 2017, 08:06:40 PM
This mare's dam is a Roan Ranger daughter.  Her all the way bottom side grand dam is a Blue Boy daughter.   Her sire is Lucky C Farms Robby, a nice little palomino.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 24, 2017, 10:49:28 PM
Tonight I thought I'd try a treat with her, she doesn't like them.  She wouldn't take them from my hand, so I dropped one on the ground for her, she tried and made an icky face over it.   All my horses love these treats, they are apple cinnamon flavored in a flat apple shaped treat.   Breakfast may be interesting, since I have an extruded feed that looks like big rice krispies and smells like bubble gum (at least it does to me).    Not sure if I'll buy more treats to see if I can find one she likes, as it's easier to keep them all on the same treat.   I do have some Probios treats, so I can try those, and they'd be good for her.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on September 25, 2017, 07:03:16 PM
Congratulations Chanda , She is lovely , she has a beautiful face :)

You may have to find another kind of treat that she will like. I remember my TB arriving and he didn't like apples.

Hope she is settling in well and that she took to the stallion :)
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 25, 2017, 07:18:11 PM
She's been fed alfalfa pellets in the past.   I have alfalfa pellets and a Bermuda/alfalfa blend pellet, so have something to try that I have on hand.
She was not impressed with the extruded feed this morning, so I'll mix some alfalfa pellets in sooner rather than later and see if that gets her going on it.   I think, besides hay and pasture, she's only had alfalfa pellets and a bit of sweet feed (looked like COB).
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 26, 2017, 12:16:25 AM
She was exposed 5/10 to 7/1 2017, so there is potential for a March baby, depending on how long she carries, which could be a tad bit early for spring's arrival around here.   Should be ok, as I can use the calving barn if needed, it's warmer than the horse barn.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on September 26, 2017, 01:20:10 AM
Well thats exciting Chanda :)  I have my fingers crossed that she took during that time.

(Ryan rereads the dates after staring weirdly at them for a moment, then realizes its clearly the month/date.)  Here we do the opposite :)

With who she has been exposed too and me not being very good with colour predictions etc , any chance of that buckskin , your dreaming of ?

Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Anna on September 26, 2017, 04:29:55 AM
What a lovely little mare Chanda.  :)  Hope she soon gets properly 'settled in' and that she proves to be in foal. Exciting times ahead!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 26, 2017, 08:17:28 AM
Well thats exciting Chanda :)  I have my fingers crossed that she took during that time.

(Ryan rereads the dates after staring weirdly at them for a moment, then realizes its clearly the month/date.)  Here we do the opposite :)

With who she has been exposed too and me not being very good with colour predictions etc , any chance of that buckskin , your dreaming of ?

She'd have to be palomino and carry agouti under her grey, which is possible with her pedigree.  (Bottom side are all red based and sire is red based, so palomino under the grey is the only way it would work).
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on September 26, 2017, 06:48:37 PM
 ;pray
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Holly on September 26, 2017, 08:09:36 PM
Congrats! Beautiful mare! Hopefully she's in foal for you.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 26, 2017, 09:42:20 PM
Congrats! Beautiful mare! Hopefully she's in foal for you.
Thank you.


She still doesn't like the extruded feed, I think I'll give up on it for now, and try her on the senior I have, it's a little sweet, so might be more to her liking.   
This morning I gave her some alfalfa pellets and some of the extruded, kind of put them in two piles in her pan; she grabbed the extruded first, so didn't even look back at the alfalfa pellets. 
Perhaps when she moves in with the other mares, she'll get a taste for the extruded.  In the morning, they all go in seperate stalls and get the majority of their daily ration of the extruded; then,  in the evening they share out of troughs in the paddock.  Perhaps when she sees the others eating it, she'll want her share.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 27, 2017, 12:09:16 PM
The senior feed meets with her approval, I gave her a small helping this morning, I'll work her up to a normal ration starting tomorrow.
My BILs cows got in our yard last night, and annihilated her bale of hay, there is just enough left to get her switched over to my hay.  [I had the seller bring a bale of their hay, so I could switch her over slowly; so much for that plan.]
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on September 27, 2017, 06:50:29 PM
Glad she has warmed to the senior feed. Sorry the cows got in and demolished the hay.

You never know , she may start warming slowly to your feed over time. Shes probably in that stage of "seeing potential new friends" and the "where am I " :)

Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 27, 2017, 07:05:10 PM
Glad she has warmed to the senior feed. Sorry the cows got in and demolished the hay.

You never know , she may start warming slowly to your feed over time. Shes probably in that stage of "seeing potential new friends" and the "where am I " :)

She's still in quarantine at the moment, so the senior feed will work.   When she moves over to the mare pen, she'll probably be more inclined to eat the extruded rather than miss out, as the girls share a meal once daily, so if you snooze, you lose.
[They also get one meal daily in their stalls, so each can get any specific supplements they might be on.]
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 27, 2017, 11:51:29 PM
I was filling out her transfer and thinking of her possible pregnancy, looks like she might be a 10 monther...   Her first was 6-03-11 the next was 5-10-12, only about 11 months apart, so either she took foal heat and goes 11 months, or took next one and goes 10 months.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 29, 2017, 01:06:57 PM
Dewormed everyone for Tapes today.
 I expected Sophia to be difficult to catch, per previous owner's experience and being difficult to catch when I went to see her, but she wasn't bad, she made a half-hearted attempt to run circles around me, but I spoke softly and said whoa and she listened.   She was also good for her deworming. 
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on September 29, 2017, 07:39:18 PM
That's great news!!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 29, 2017, 08:37:43 PM
Probably helped she's currently by herself, so no other horses to feed off of and get worried or excited because they are.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Anna on September 30, 2017, 05:24:24 PM
Sounds as though she's settling in Chanda and certainly becoming more confident with you than with her previous owner.  :)
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on September 30, 2017, 11:09:43 PM
Sounds as though she's settling in Chanda and certainly becoming more confident with you than with her previous owner.  :)
Thank you.  Time will tell, we'll see how she acts when with the other girls.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on October 02, 2017, 06:19:53 PM
Hows the new arrival settling in ?
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 03, 2017, 12:35:04 AM
Hows the new arrival settling in ?
So far, so good.
 I think the bum calf is drinking her water, as her 6 gallon tub is empty every morning, my others don't drink that much, so I think the calf is sticking his head through the fence and drinking her water.  If I move the tub it's not convenient to fill, so I'll just fill every morning for now.   
I might go ahead and move her this up coming Sunday, so she is next to the mares and can get to know them.  It'll only be two weeks quarantine, but she came from a clean place, so I think we'll be ok with just two weeks.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on October 03, 2017, 06:28:38 PM
Happy to hear she is settling in well. Im another that makes sure I quarantine when i get a new arrival.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on October 04, 2017, 06:09:43 AM
Very important to do, for sure!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 06, 2017, 02:01:10 PM
Just a couple more days til Sophia moves around to a pen next to the girls and can get to know them through safe panels before introductions in the same pen.    My current mare herd all nicely share hay from one round bale feeder, so it'll be convenient if she'll share nice with everyone else, but I'll probably need to toss out a couple extra piles for awhile just to be certain.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 07, 2017, 09:46:23 PM
Moved Sophia over next to the mare pen, today.   Mostly they stood around staring at each other, the only one moving was Bliss (the yearling).   All seemed pretty calm.   mostly calm at supper too, only Bliss having a fit, she was racing all over the place, she must be worried that she is no longer the princess of the place.   ;D
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on October 08, 2017, 10:24:53 AM
HA!!!!  That sounds like a perfect explanation!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 08, 2017, 10:39:37 AM
HA!!!!  That sounds like a perfect explanation!
It was Shayne's comment when I was telling him how it went.   ;)
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on October 08, 2017, 04:52:31 PM
Sounds like she's going to fit in just perfectly !!  :)
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 08, 2017, 05:43:03 PM
Sounds like she's going to fit in just perfectly !!  :)
I hope so.  Seems good so far, but no fence between can change attitudes.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 09, 2017, 03:23:13 PM
Bliss is giving a bit too much attitude, so there is a chance that Sophia will just stay in the small pen til spring, and not risk injury, should she be pregnant, don't want to risk the foal.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on October 09, 2017, 03:57:29 PM
Good choice!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 09, 2017, 05:51:15 PM
Perhaps with time Bliss will chill out, but right now, she's not showing signs of calming down.  If Sophia seems to need a buddy, then I may consider moving Dolly in with her.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 12, 2017, 04:11:41 PM
Finally got a couple pictures today.
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Ryan on October 12, 2017, 06:03:19 PM
Roughly how far along would she be ? She looks very sweet :)
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Holly on October 12, 2017, 07:04:39 PM
Beautiful girl!!
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: dcwolcott on October 12, 2017, 07:17:51 PM
She is so pretty!!  Looks like her half-sister for sure!!  Can't wait to see what she's hiding in there for you!!   ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Meet Sophia...
Post by: Chanda on October 12, 2017, 08:08:06 PM
Roughly how far along would she be ? She looks very sweet :)

3-5 months along depending on if she took right away or later in the exposure dates.  I'm really hoping she took later, as it would be a bit cold when she foals, if she took the earlier time.   She only has 2 registered foals, but her breeder was known to sell colts with application (all fillies registered, but some colts went on application, so she could have had more than two foals).