this goes so fast each year in May, color changing within days…
Let me introduce you to two new foals on the finca.
First arrived Gallietta on the fifth of May, out of Baz Sif, the mare who already gave us the fourth foal. This time, the father is Karim by Psequel, the pretty arab stallion, who is father of Camilla as well.
Gallietta was the first born during the day, so for me it was the first time seeing the birth of a foal. All went well and little Gallietta was strong and quick on her feet, drinking her fist milk.
One hour later though she started to bleed heavily out of her navel, got heavy seizures and high fever. Thanks got the veterinary was quick with help. Two days and nights of intensive care and baby bottle feeding and she came back, showing her strong arabian temperament since then.
Next came the long-awaited, first pure race stallion of the finca, big and strong and definitely the perfect figurehead for our stud. And of course we named him Giardino. His mother is Deliciosa, father again Jardinero, and as we think, this is the perfect mixture!
We had our first experience with this ‘Concurso Morfológico’ in Palma, where the PRE horses are graded about their morphology and their movements. We took Valenciana and Sophia, both two years, there, after Juan had trained them for months and made them pretty. Since it was their first trip ever, especially Sophia was quite nervous and when it was her turn, alone in the arena, she didn’t behave well, was crying for her friend Valenciana and did’t show her elegant movements like normal. That she didn’t fit into the look of the classic PRE horse, we knew already, therefore she is too fine. But we thought the judges will at least respect her movements. But she failed of nervousness and was eights out of eight. Well, at the end it’s all about taste anyway and we thought she war the prettiest one of all.
Valenciana though turned fourth and the funny thing was that we saw the owners from the two winning horses having lunch together with the judges, ha! OK, number three was really pretty, but one and two….. pffff. No comment. It was an experience which showed us that for us, since we want to breed what we like and not what funny judges like, those concursos, at least if we talk about those in Palma, are not of so much importance to us.
Our two heroes:
A new pretty foal was born on Easter Monday night. Escada gave birth to Nera, totally black/greyish, and some say she will stay black, instead of turning white in a couple of years. Thats’s why we gave her the name Nera- black in italian. Most andalusian horses are born brown and turn withe within their years. In spanish they call that colour ‘tordo’. Well, if Nera will turn white, she will have a funny name, we like that…