Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The last thing the world needs is another horse...

...But he's just so CUTE!

3-day-old colt

Don't get me wrong.  I wish my in-laws didn't have this little foal.  I wish they'd done the responsible thing and had the pregnancy aborted when they rescued his mom from their neighbor.  I wish I didn't have to worry about his future.  But for now, I'm kind of in love with him.

He was born Friday morning, and I took this picture yesterday afternoon, so he was just 3 days old at the time. When you go into the barn, he hops around like a little rabbit, trying to stay next to or behind his mom, because he's still scared of people.  But I was patient, and after a while I got him to sniff my fingers, and then let me pet him.  He was more comfortable if I started with his rump, and by the time I worked my way up to the back of his neck he realized that he actually liked scritches.  So cute!

He is the full brother to the colt I halter broke last summer, which you can read about here, here, and here.  Speaking of which, Rondo has grown since last summer, and as his winter coat sheds out it's clear that his summer coat is even more roan than it was last year.  He is going to be a beautiful horse.  I've started working with him again, as he'd gotten a little skittish over the winter, and my mother-in-law wants to find a home for him this year.  Maybe I'll get to spend some time with his little brother, too!

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