Takia and Extreme Dream would like to present Takia’s Dream born on Thursday. Mommy and baby are doing great and Dream is already holding court for adoring fans (market friends, family, neighbors and riding students are good to chew on).
Estrella suprised us this morning with a lovely little colt! Mother and baby are doing just great and he is already a quick baby. He barely stumbled at all on his way to breakfast! Here he is at just 1 hour old. His father, Extreme Dream has been calling loudly to all of the other mares. I assume he is proud of this cutie.
It is common practice to name a foal with both parent’s names in the new name of the baby. Estrella always has her foals named with something celestial in the title and we always use “extreme” for our stallion. We are open for suggestions to fill in the blank for this little guy. Please leave your ideas in the comment section.
Bubbles would like to remind everyone that they should keep checking the site for new babies–kids and foals are a popping this month!
At Chile Acres we have a daily reminder of the importance of Earth Day. After all, that is what Earth Day is partly about–remembering and contemplating and renewing our committment to Mother Earth. We have “Tara”. Tara was born a year ago on Earth Day. She is a Medicine Hat Pinto which is quite special. This means she is wearing a bonnet or hat that is a darker spot on her head that includes her ears. This was of importance to some of the Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains. In addition she is “wearing” symbolic markings of the 4 elements. Her eyes are blue like water, she has black pigment or scorched markings for fire, her hair is white like clouds and that reminds us of air, and small islands of palamino markings are here and there like earth on the ocean.
Her mother is from the Sulpher Springs protected herd of mustangs found on the Colorado Plateau. Her father was a mustang too. She is highly intelligent and remains aloof but friendly even after being imprinted at birth. Horses each have personalities and she is exceptional!
So, as another Earth Day goes by we celebrate by spending time with our little Tara and remembering how connected and dependent we are to our Earth Mother. We reflect on our farm projects and how to do them smarter using less resources that are non-renewable and never using anything that contains harmful chemicals. We use herbal remedies as much as possible for ourselves and for any gardening and animal situations that arise.
Happy Birthday Tara! This carrot is for you:)
Wes Brown has been training horses for as long as he can remember. He works tirelessy to bring out the best in each horse using kindness, humor and lots of patient training. The horses respond well to him and come running when he whistles and brandishes horse cookies. This is Red on her graduation day out at Mission Ranch in Bensen, Arizona, where Wes runs a large cattle ranch. Red is small and had a hard time chasing cattle but gave Wes her all! Now she is home and teaching little kids to ride and enjoying all of the carrots and attention. Dulce will come home next week.
If you are interested in contacting Wes to help you with a horse just e-mail us or leave a comment and we will gladly give you his number.
Jutta is becoming an accomplished Cowgirl and learning to use her reins and leg pressure to guide DeeDee around some road cones this week. Jutta came out all duded up–including boots that are made to boogie to Country Western Music. We don’t know if the people back home in Frankfurt, Germany will recognize her when she goes home! This is one wild Grandma! From the smile on her face, which really warms our hearts, we know she is having a great time. Her daughter Caroline, and son-in-law John, are making sure she is fully indoctrinated in the culture of the south west!
The wind was gusting up to 35mph and we all were getting sand blasted by the end of the lesson but Jutta was even game to help feed the livestock after the ride. We ended the evening with a toast of Ice Wine made in Missouri–yup—Missouri, who would have guessed, that was out of this world delicious! Can life on the farm get any better than that!
Lessons in Western or English are given at Chile Acres at a cost of $25/hr for ages 4 years to 70 and up!!!