Callie is a blessing in so many ways. I had tried unsuccessfully to breed again since
our last foal here in 2008, with a variety of mares, some my own and
some leased in other states,
all at quite a bit of expense.
My last attempt
had ended in heartache when Rosie lost her Roadie foal at 9 months gestation in February 2013.
Wallet and emotions both a bit the worse for wear,
I nevertheless decided, with the encouragement of my vet, to try
in 2014. At age 10 and still a maiden, it was going to get progressively harder to get her in foal if we
waited much longer. I started tracking Coral's cycles (not easy without a stallion on the premises, as she is
not an "obvious heat" mare) and in early April, an ultrasound proved I
had been correct about her schedule. The following heat cycle we bred
Coral (AI) and she got right in foal. I tried not to get too excited, and did
not even announce the pregnancy until Coral was safely in her 11th month of gestation.
I'd wanted to use the popular MareStare service, a streaming, live online camera feed, for years, so since we already had a foalcam, we signed Coral up. I was not prepared for the following
that "The Coral Show" would develop. I never knew so many people were fascinated by foaling mares! It proved to be a useful
investment as Coral went
9 days over her April 5 due date and I would not have gotten any
sleep to speak of if I did not have her "watchers" to keep an eye on the cam. Thanks go especially to Helga Loncosky for her regular spelling of me so I could nap.
Over the evening and night of April 13, Coral had two extremely restless periods where she paced
the stall and was quite agitated for an hour or so, then settled. Dawn came, but no foal. I knew it could not be long as Coral had finally waxed, so
rather than put her in the drylot (where she had been living for 3 months to avoid any fescue) I went ahead and turned her out into a small grassy paddock.
She only grazed a short while before again becoming agitated. Once she laid down, around 3 PM, I knew it was time.
Jim (who had stayed home from work that day) quickly rigged up a pasture cam so Coral's MareStare fans could see what was going on. Although they missed the
due to the technical delay
did get to see Callie's first moments. I will never forget the sight of that huge head coming out of Coral. I knew then
the foal would be big and was certain it must be a colt. Imagine my
surprise and delight to lift the tail and see we had a filly instead!
Jim referred to our new addition "the creature" on Facebook and so she became known as "Creature" for a week or so until I hit upon Callie, a
derivative of her registered name and a nod to her double
Californo breeding (Californio was known as "Cali" to his friends). Callie was
also the barn name of a kind and wonderful mare owned by my friend Char
Cook of Edgefield Morgans, so it seemed to be a good choice for this
Callie is big, friendly, and active. She is amazingly surefooted; even in the extremely wet footing we had
due to massive amounts of rain during her first week of life,
I never saw her slip or take a wrong step.
Callie is extremely athletic with three excellent gaits. She is bold and curious,
loves people and is very smart. We see her as an eventual top-notch competition horse in CDE,
jumping, dressage or eventing and later as a broodmare. Congratulations to Callie's new owner, Sara Amerman. We are really looking forward to following Callie's career with you!
Video at 48 hours old
Video at almost 7 weeks
Almost 3 months old, July 2015-
Callie volunteering for a shower on a hot day. She does not mind me spraying her anywhere- well, on her rear it's a little bit chilly,
she says! I call her my Callie-Flower (she's cauliflower colored) so I call this is "watering the Flower" :-)
Callie's complete pedigree can be found here.
It includes pictures of many of her ancestors as well.
More photos of Callie (click on a thumbnail to enlarge)
4/14/15, about 3 PM- BIG newborn! When I saw the nose coming I could not believe the size of it. I
had called the vet as soon as
Coral laid down
(he ended up not having to come).
Usually I don't, but after the two false alarms the previous night and
going so far overdue, I was figuring maybe better safe than sorry. The foal's
legs and nose were presented rather more sideways than in the normal diving position at first, which was concerning.
After Coral got sternal a couple times before lying back on her side
again, the foal seemed to rotate into the proper position.
Is that mine? (Notice the peanut gallery in the background.)
After a brief rest, Coral got back on her feet. Here she is talking to Callie and encouraging her to get up.
Callie's first attempt to get up, which was unsuccessful.
It's a little buckskin spider! Legs everywhere!
With a assist from me she
is on her feet and headed directly for the milk bar.
First try, and bingo. Coral stood very still while the filly latched on. Some mares are not as
accommodating, so I was grateful for
her motherly ways. Her dam Topaz was a great Mom, so I had hoped it was hereditary. Happy to see
that was the case!
4/16/15, Two days old- Rain has limited Callie and Coral's turnout, creating a wildebeest foal. It is amusing to watch her, though.
Callie caught sight of the herd.
Pretty head. Callie's expression reminds me very much of her dam at the same age:
friendly and curious.
Coral loves her little "Creature".
Callie has a lot of body colored hair in her tail, a common finding with duns. Darned if she doesn't have a tiny dorsal stripe too, right down into the tail, like a dun!
It would be neat if she kept it once she sheds! I always say Coral is my faux gray, her daughter could be my faux dun :-)
Proud mama and beautiful daughter.
Three generations: Coral and Callie with Kennebec Topaz, Coral's dam and the filly's grand dam, on the right over the gate. Topaz is 23 this year.
An interesting study in likenesses.
4/19/15- A week of practically non stop rain has made everything a mess. Coral was coming into her foal heat and got very wound up about something going
on at the neighbors, and before long both she and Callie
were mudballs. She finally settled with some hay and my neighbor Elizabeth
Allen could have some one on one time with a now decidedly bedraggled Callie, who walked right up to her.
Callie has yet to meet a stranger; she loves people.
4/21/15- One week old.
A couple of official one week old pics.
Watching Jim on the tractor.
4/24/15-10 days old- our dogs barking at the fenceline provided an opportunity for action shots.
10 days old. Filling out nicely! Coral's ventral edema is all gone.
4/28/15- Two weeks old- Callie got a visit from Lucy Ray. It'd be hard to say who had more fun, Lucy or Callie. I am more
and more in love with this filly every day. She is bold and fearless, but kind and LOVES people.
She is learning to be very mannerly and to control her boundless energy around people, and she learns very quickly because she is super smart.
Two weeks old- showing off her amazing speed and agility at the canter.
4/30/15, 16 days old- Callie went out in one of the big fields for the first time yesterday.
This prompted some serious lap running as well as a stop and stare reaction
to the alien creatures (goats) next door. Despite not being familiar with
this field, Callie never put a foot wrong.
May 10, 2015, three weeks old- Cassidy Sutherland and her Mom Rhonda Evans visited yesterday to see Callie.
Callie thought Rhonda's camera was very interesting- and maybe, edible.
Callie to Cassidy : "ooo, that's the spot... now a little to the left..."
Cassidy (or Rhonda?) took these with my camera.
I don't have many pics of me with the horses and I didn't have any of me with Callie before,
so THANKS ladies!
May 12, 2015- Callie began her introduction to the herd today. She had
previously talked to everyone through the fence. Sometimes introducing a mare and foal in with everyone can be stressful,
especially if the dam is protective. I was pretty sure Coral would have no problem with her mom being in with them, and that was the
case. Topaz headed first to finish Coral's alfalfa (SUCH a Morgan!), and Callie laid down for a nap. Topaz then stood guard over her and
Callie just seemed happy to have another friend. They were quickly all out grazing together and if Callie got a little too pesty Topaz warned
her off with a look or backing up a few steps. Tomorrow will be Kyrie's
intro to the new little family.
May 14, 2015- There were no problems introducing Kyrie and Rosie to the herd and here they all are together. Such a happy sight and a big relief to have this
over with. Weaning time will be here before you know it, and Callie will need her friends to help her through that.
May 22, 2015, 5 weeks old- Callie is not really very photogenic right now. She is shedding but has gone overboard rubbing
that itchy fur off on her face and ears and they are nearly hairless. That is the dark you see between eyes and muzzle;
she is not going to actually be a dark buckskin. Above her eyes is
properly shed and you can see she is pretty much the same shade of buttermilk as her grand dam Topaz.
Callie is an athlete. Notice her deep engagement behind in this picture. The distance between her hind hooves is greater than the distance between the fronts (look analytically at photos of other horses in this phase of the trot and you will see a lot with that ratio reversed, a sign they are traveling on the forehand).
This "uphill" carriage shows a lot of promise for her future career in dressage, eventing or CDE.
The little family: grand dam Kennebec Topaz, dam Coral Forest and 5 week old Fantastical.
Callie and Coral coming up to check me out. I had a blanket on to get their ears up so this is their "what is this thing in our pasture?"
Callie checks in with Mom.
This picture makes Callie look smaller than she is but she is standing downhill from Coral here. She is HUGE. I have had 3-4 month old foals that were her size,
and she is just over 5 weeks old.
May 25, 2015- Callie and the herd went into a new-to-Callie pasture and she had a great time ripping around.
June 1, 2015, 6.5 weeks old- I can hardly wait until she finishes shedding.
She looks so moth-eaten. But look at how big she is already!
Callie and her new toy.
June 21, 2015- Callie gets a visitor! Here she is with Juantonio Garcia. Coral of course had to include herself in the attention-getting ;-)
July 7, 2015- three months and weeks old-
It's been awhile since I took pictures of Callie. She just looked so motheaten as she shed that I figured I could wait. She is not quite shed out here,
but close. I used a can with rocks in it to try and get her to move for action shots.
It was kind of a dud as these were the only two that I got. She only moves away a little bit when confronted by a new "scary" thing but then circles right back to investigate.
I had another "secret weapon" for getting ears up. Here Callie is watching it. See the next pictures for what it was.
Apparently Callie has seen Jim on his bike one too many times. It quickly became an object to chase. Or maybe, to eat. The first picture made
Southeastern Cycling website with Callie billed as "Jim's new cyclocross training
August 5, 2015- 3.5 mos old-
It has been awhile between Callie photos. July was just so incredibly hot; this has been the hottest summer I can recall in 30-some years of living in Georgia. I did not have any energy for anything but my basic daily chores before returning to the house for a shower and some AC!
Things have cooled back into the 80's the past few days, with rain. Callie was standing in front of the open barn door which for the full body shot (next) did not make for a very pretty background, but for this head shot well- just remove the top of the gate and WOW.
Yukky background but oh so pretty pony. Her legs are longer than her dam's at 3.5 months.
Snack to go! LOL! Such a Morgan!
I think Callie looks very mature here and this pic gives a good idea of what she'll look like as an adult.
August 25, 2015- Callie is sold, so weaning day has come a little sooner than
planned so she can travel to her new home
in a few weeks. Here she is making a frustrated lap of the field. Also known as being in milk withdrawal, LOL!
Kyrie is always there for Callie to lean on. On weaning day she was especially needed.
Another weaning day picture. Callie is now 4 1/2 months old. I will be sad to see her leave, but know she deserves to have more attention than I can giver her here.
"Stop to smell the flowers..." or maybe, taste them. SUCH a Morgan!
September 17, 2015, Callie's last day at Brookridge- Callie and Hayley Amerman formed an instant bond the very moment they met.
It was sad for me to see Callie leave, but I am confident she is in good hands.
It took Callie about an hour to load, which I thought was not bad for a foal who'd never been exposed to a trailer before. She WANTED to go in, but could not figure out how to get her hind legs up in the step up.
She finally figured it out and stood there quietly. Still, I am a worrier, and even though Sara had brought a companion horse for Callie, I worried about how she'd do once on the road, with all the
traffic noise and sights. Well, here is my answer. She rode home quiely and settled in. She has since been on another trailer ride to a local arena for a show practice.
Callie meets one of Sara's longhorn steers!
September 26, 2015- Callie meeting Laura, Sara's Mom. The umbrella did not bother her at all. Apparently there is very little that scares Callie Flower!