x Tiger's Silent Saint) 2003 bay dun mare, 14.3
In the spring of 2016 we tried to breed Charli, our smoky black silver mare, to a dun stallion.
After months of monitoring her for a heat cycle- which included repeated ultrasounds by my vet, as with no stallion on the premises,
determining heat is nothing but guesswork at best. She never seemed to be in heat. We finally ended up using drugs to bring her in heat
and bred her (AI).... only to check the semen afterwards and discover it was less than 10% motility. Charli
did not conceive, and got an
infection to boot. I could not afford to try again and did not have much confidence that the situation would improve
even if I did.
I chalked it up to another story in my long saga of breeding "fails" over the past 8 years.
In November, local friend Sue Martin listed a pretty dun mare for sale, HCTF Lost in a Storm, a Stormwashed daughter,
due to the hay shortage here in Georgia. I have always loved this mare and thought if we could get her bred, maybe
I could get my potentially stripey foal. I asked Sue to go ahead and turn her out with Adiel's Snicker Zip, her
bay splash stallion (Sweet's breeding). "Lacey" got in foal on the very first cycle-
and in November! If all goes well we will have a 2017 Brookridge foal in October...
Mother Nature is amazing!
Lacey has basically been lounging in the pasture her whole life. She had no idea about stalls, hoof trimming, deworming,
treats or grooming. Despite being apprehensive
of some of the unfamiliar new things presented to her, she has always been willing to
try. In fact, she is probably one of the most willing horses I've
ever known. She is currently being worked with every day, brought into the barn for a bit of grain, her daily dewormer
and supplements, fly spray, hosing off, grooming and monthly hoof
trims She has made remarkable progress
in the short time she has been here. The more I work with her, the we've bonded. She seems to enjoy attention, especially when I scratch her favorite spots!
I believe Lacey is one of the nicest dun mares
in the breed. She is typy and well put together with a higher neck
set, more laidback shoulder, stronger loin coupling and better hip
than most duns. Her sire is the well known grulla stallion
Stormwashed. Her dam
Tiger's Silent Saint comes from an interestingly marked 100%
Foundation line of horses from the late Carol Copeland's breeding
program - strong old
Devan, Easter Twilight (thought to be the probable source of white
in this family) and Flyhawk breeding. Lacey is a very high
percentage Foundation mare, with only one outcross through the
stallion Springdale King.
I knew when I bought Lacey I would probably have to sell both her and her foal. My
breeding program is likely over, and I have too many horses for our
small property already. She has found a new home, but will be
staying with us until she weans her baby. If you are interested in
Lacey's foal, email me .
Robbi-Sue's Sweet Success
Robbi Sue Misalert
DBF Black Nightcloud
Tiger's Silent Saint
Sleepy's Fuzzy Fanny
Lacey's extended pedigree can be seen
here. There are pictures of many of her ancestors there as well.
Lacey and her 2010 filly, Stonelake Ballerina, who is a full sibling to the foal she is currently carrying. This will give you an idea of what we expect from this cross!
(Video by Sue Martin, taken at her farm in Lexington GA)
More photos of Lacey (click on a thumbnail to enlarge)
Lacey as a foal (this photo is full size). Photo courtesy Barb Laudenslayer.
November 25, 2016- Lacey about ten minutes after being introduced to Adiel's Snicker Zip.
He was reportedly happy for the company! Photo courtesy of Sue Martin.
Lacey, newly arrived at Brookridge, January 28, 2017.
Getting acquainted with the locals! That's WAR Adikyrie, my Forever Morgans rescue mare, who seemed hopeful that Lacey was a stallion ;-)
February 14, 2017- Lacey has been here a little over 2 weeks now. She has made big strides towards
becoming a "civilized" horse. I got her front feet trimmed with very little effort, just patience
and doing a little each day,
and am working on handling her hinds; she has a bit of trouble holding up the left hind
but today I was able to hold both hinds long enough to get them thoroughly picked out.
They are very overgrown but we will get to that in time. She is getting groomed every day and seems to enjoy the attention.
I'm thrilled with her progress. I started her on aloe vera juice in
case she had ulcers and also Remission for magnesium supplementation
and its calming effects. She does seem much more relaxed. I noticed that unlike a lot of duns, she is minus the mane frosting, which I found interesting. It really wasn't anything
I had thought about as both of my previous dun mares had a lot of it.
May 2017- shed out and feeling good! Lacey has had several hoof trims
now, and is very good about it. Since I am the farrier around here, all my horses have to be "old lady proof"!
My model horse friends- does this pose remind you of anything? The Hagen Renaker "Forever Amber", maybe? Right down to the broody belly :-)
I still haven't gotten the picture that I feel shows her head off best, but these
are not bad.