When life gave me and Fiona lemons we made a Luna and she is just perfect. I can't not believe how fantastic she is and that I have bred such an exquisite foal. She just keeps getting better and better, she was a very cute foal with a personality that made everyone want to spend time with her and made everyone roll around laughing with her antics.
She learns quickly and has a real diva streak which I love. She is very much like Fiona in the way she is relaxed and laid back about most things with a loving and confident approach to people. She is the crazy bold, I don't think I have seen her back off from anything. Always inquisitive and happy to investigate the new, even if the herd don't want to.
At a year old she is even more beautiful, she grows in proportion and is yet to have an ugly duckling faze. She is very friendly with other horses too and is currently out with another yearling and of course old lady Toastie who keeps them all in check!
I could spend hours watching them play and graze. Seeing her develop is such a treat, I can not wait for the first sit, our first comp and our first red frilly!
I have such belief in this little filly, she has the floaty rhythmical movement of her mother but the uphill way of her sire. A formidable combination that I think will take us up the levels with ease.
Grand Prix here we come 😍
Next is our newest addition. Mallory, Dream On Mallory.
When we bred Luna it was never my plan to breed again or have any other foals, however it is actually although a little stressful at times a lot of fun to have a foal! And we all know I wanted a black colt, I got a bay filly so you would think I was disappointed however I could not have been more thrilled. She is stunning, so well marked and a very bright bay, so in no way boring. But after the sad loss or Mr Orange I needed something to look forward to, but I wasn't ready for a new dancing partner. So when I saw the advert for Oakley I threw caution to the wind and bought her unseen over the phone! Not something I would advise.
The following weekend myself and Ryan drove to Norfolk to collect her. We had a good look at the stallion who did not disappoint in the flesh and I was even more excited for the foaling!
It was a full day in the lorry and quite a journey for all of us, especially heavily pregnant Oakley but she travelled like a pro and hopped off the lorry like it was a 10 minute journey.
Oakley is a really striking skewbald mare by Cavalier Two For Joy who was already in foal to the rather scrummy and super versatile stallion, Dream On. Id always liked Dream On and he has produced some very talented offspring so the purchase seemed somehow to work in my mind.
So then it was the waiting game for our little foal to arrive!
She kept us in suspense and looked as though she would burst, she was a really big girl so TopSpec stud lite feed balancer was a godsend. It meant I knew she was getting all the nutrients and goodness she needed and enough to grow a strong healthy foal but not put any more weight on. She was quite the piggy.
On the Thursday the 22nd of July 2017 at 4.45am Mallory Balarina was born!
Mallory's little face was like a sea horses, so ornate with no white at all except for a little grey beard which I'm sure will shed with her foal coat.
She has a tidy white fetlock on her hind but apart from that she is going to be black, perfect.
She is a much quieter foal than "loopy" Luna but there is something about her. She has presence without the overwhelming air that Luna has.
Although when she is wet she is a death trap! She will launch herself across the field and leap on you or throw her body at you to scratch and rub her allover. She may only be little but my god she is strong.
Mallory is bigger than Luna was at her age despite both her parents being smaller. When she was born her joints were huge and looked very out of place on such a small frame.
As the days went by she stretched out and became taller and stronger and her joints begun to look far more normal. I think she will be quite a substantial mare when she is finished growing.
I feel very very lucky to have two special girls growing up and fingers crossed will have very exciting futures with both of them.