OK, you have all read posts about my Mom (Bitsy Pine Sun) and my aunt (Maker Miss Ellie) so now it is my turn! I am a weanling stud colt born in late April in Iowa at Triangle B Quarter Horses and I am so, so handsome! My human, Julie, loves me alot and has taken such good care of me that I am loving life heading into what I hear is called "winter"! Don't know much about it but I do know I am happy to have my winter woolies growing to help me stay warm. Mom and Aunt Ellie are also growing a good hair coat so if it is good enough for them, it is good enough for me. My registered name is Sunny Ovations but I am called Sunny around the barn. I think it is because of my sunny disposition!
It was warm when I was born and I enjoyed the spring and summer hanging out with my Mom and being supervised and babysat by Aunt Ellie. I was the only baby this year at the farm so I got full attention from Mom & Ellie. They complained alot to me about the lack of grass this summer because apparently it was a dry year. Since I didn't have anything to compare it to, I thought it was just normal! My Mom is a great mother and she taught me alot. She made me behave and encouraged me to always stay calm. Our human Julie seems to think that is a good thing so I'll agree with her. Afterall, she is the one who feeds us!
My summer was spent just being a good boy and enjoying life. Then, one day, it all changed. My Mom went away for something they called weaning time. All I know is I didn't like it! I missed my Mom but after spending the first 12 hours in the stall where I couldn't hurt myself I was turned back out with Aunt Ellie. It was so good to see her again. Not like Mom but the next best thing. I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed up against her.
The second day of weaning time was also stressful because I tried to get Aunt Ellie to let me nurse but she wouldn't have any of that so I was on my own. Julie gave me alot of loving attention and made me feel more comfortable and kept my tummy full which helped me be content. And, guess what? I survived.
Since I started out 2 weeks premature and then caught a virus when Mom and I went to visit my Dad (I guess I will be having a baby brother or sister next spring), I was a little small. A few good ounces of GroColt and a 14% protein grain and all the good Iowa hay I wanted to eat every day and I was catching up fast!
Now, Mom is back home and I hang out with her and Aunt Ellie all day. At night I have my own stall with my own feed and it is a chance to rest from my duties. Since I am a stallion, I pretend that Mom and Aunt Ellie are "my" mare herd and I try hard to get them to do what I want. But, Mom will have nothing to do with that idea, she is still the boss.
I am a very good boy. At least that is what Julie tells me every day. I now stand to have the clippers used on me and I am good when the farrier comes to give me a pedicure. This fall I learned about standing while tied up. That was hard at first but now I am an old pro at it. I also learned to work in the round pen on the lunge line. What fun!! Julie lets me play a little at first and then we get down to business. I have learned to only go one direction until Julie says "reverse" and when I hear the word "WHOA", I stop, turn and look at Julie. She loves it when I do that and always walks over and loves on me for it. I don't get to lope or trot alot in the round pen because it would be hard on my young joints but at least I know how to do it!
Now that winter is coming fast I will likely not be too busy other than eating and growing, growing and eating. I know that Julie has me for sale but she assures me that I will eventually go to a good home and will get my chance to be a wonderful show horse for someone. I have a sister that was a Champion so I have four big shoes to fill. She won something they call Quarter Horse Congress. I don't know what that is, but I sure hope I get to go there someday! Julie tells me that she keeps in touch with all my brothers, sisters and cousins so I know she will always be a part of my life.
I hope you have enjoyed my first post. My next post will likely be about a process called "getting gelded". Again I don't know what that is but Julie keeps talking about it!
Signing off for now! Yours truly, Sunny Ovations