My First Foal

When Fancy tossed me in May 2017, I sent her to yet another trainer, to possibly figure out why she threw me. Since she was already at the place that had a stallion I liked, I figured why not breed her? So I did in June 2017. Through out her pregnancy I never worried about what to do once the foal was born because the trainer/breeder reassured me that Fancy could have her foal there and then she would show me what to do and get the foal started.

That idea all came crashing down in March of 2018, when this breeder informed that she didn’t have room for Fancy and her foal and that she was no longer taking horses for training. I’ve always said to people, never lie about something that people can find out the truth about on the internet.

This of course sent me into total panic. I now how to find a new place where Fancy could have her foal with someone checking on her and be there in case something went wrong. Thankful that a friend with horse sense had just bought a stable just outside of Ponoka and said Fancy could come to her place and have her foal.

I moved her on April 6, 2018 and it was funny because she couldn’t get on the trailer fast enough. As if to say get me out of here. It was cold and miserable and icy roads that day. A drive that should have taken me 30 minutes, took me an hour.  But we made it.

As soon as she came off the trailer it was like she settled instantly into her new digs. Big beautiful shelter and pen all to herself and a round bale of hay. She couldn’t be happier, and I was thankful as well. My friend would send me regular updates on how she was and such.

On May 13, 2018 at 4:30am, Fancy gave birth to her first foal. A beautiful buckskin colt. I had already picked out names for a boy and a girl. For a boy I picked that his barn name would be Sunday and registered name is Lazing Away Sunday. For a girl it would have been Sunshine for a barn name and FancyADrink for a registered name.  Sunday is double registered in the American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association.

A breed registry, also known as a herdbook, studbook or register, in animal husbandry and the hobby of animal fancy, is an official list of animals within a specific breed whose parents are known. Animals are usually registered by their breeders when they are still young. The terms studbook and register are also used to refer to lists of male animals “standing at stud”, that is, those animals actively breeding, as opposed to every known specimen of that breed. Such registries usually issue certificates for each recorded animal, called a pedigree, pedigreed animal documentation, or most commonly, an animal’s “papers”. Registration papers may consist of a simple certificate or a listing of ancestors in the animal’s background, sometimes with a chart showing the lineage.

As exciting as this all was, I was terrified at the same time. I didn’t have a clue how to raise a foal let alone train one. How in the world was I going to do this with no help? Well for the first month and a half of Sunday’s life, I was travelling over an hour to see him, so working with him was almost next to impossible. So I decided, I have to bring them both closer to home. But to where? Most of the barns and trainers I dealt with around Edmonton and Leduc were horrible to deal with, so I thought this is going to be 10 times harder with a foal.

So, when I was about ready to completely lose my mind, Ashley Rose of Rafter RR Performance Horses saved the day, maybe even my year! We moved into SMS Ranch July 2018 that Ashley manages and I can honestly say my horses have never been happier. Fancy and I have moved a lot over the 4 years that I’ve owned her, and SMS Ranch with Ashley’s care is the best place we have ever boarded at. I am so thankful for Ashley and SMS Ranch.

As soon as we moved, halter breaking and working with Sunday started immediately. Within in two weeks he was halter broke and would walk on a lead no problem. I couldn’t be more excited! Fancy totally changed as well. She went back to her happier self. More chilled and laid back then she had ever been. She even lets a male farrier trim and shoe her hooves while standing in cross ties. Why is this a big deal you ask? Because normally she would lose her mind if a man came near her and almost flip over while being tied in cross ties.

Sunday also started getting his hooves trimmed at 8 weeks old and stood like an absolute gem. The farrier was impressed at how well he behaved for his first time being trimmed and brags regularly to other people how he’s such a good colt.

At the end of November, Sunday and I went into a Rother Horsemanship Clinic. We learned so much in that clinic and Sunday got to learn a lot of new things. Going over a bridge and through a gate, standing on his own, lunging in a circle and being in a big group of horses. He was such a trooper. So now he basically gets to spend the winter growing. I thought if I did this clinic, I would need to constantly work with him after. Steve reassured me I do not. He literally could be left alone for the winter and when I’m ready to bring him back in the spring and get him ready for show season, he would be good to go!

I’m planning our first show for April 2019 and I’m so excited because I just know we are going to be an awesome team! He will be hard to sell one day because he is such an awesome colt and has an amazing start on him. But whomever buys him will be so lucky to own him.

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Here are some pics of Sunday when he was first born to now and video links of the first time he tried to stand and running around the arena.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5olZTu-0h1g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A-66wPdgOk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-hYyuU4Txk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYiIgkZA9Fs

There’s more videos, but these are a good start.