April Showers – First Bath 2020

April 2020 is certainly a bit different from April 2019…Despite the sad news that surrounds the world with COVID-19 we are very much in a happy safe place here at Redheart Appaloosas, for which we are thankful for!

Here is a few pictures of our yearlings after their April Shower

Redheart Rookie

Redheart Reflection

Redheart Relentless

Redheart Revelation

 

 

Redheart Foals In Horse & Hound Magazine 2019

Absolutely delighted to see our 2019 Appaloosa foals’ picture was chosen to feature in this week’s Horse & Hound magazine, celebrating the READER ISSUE – “All the drama and emotion of your 2019”.

The 2019 Redheart Appaloosa Foals Are Weaned…

Well, that was the easiest weaning we have ever had…

Maybe because we have four foals, maybe because our new stables have “windows” for them to interact?

Minimal “calling” from the mares and foals, quite honestly, we don’t know why the foals were actually not bothered, so we are just going to go with it!

Redheart Appaloosa Foals – Registered – Apaloosa Horse Club (ApHC)

All done…

We have 1 x 97% FPD, 3 X 100% FPD, 1 x GAP 5 and 1 x GAP 6 registered foals.

Our breeding plan is slowly getting there, 10 years later 🙂

 

 

The 2019 Foals – Content to Tie Up

Every day is a school day here at the stud, not only for the foals but me too.. Reading a horse is a gift and I try to read the outcome of a situation before it happens!

Teaching a foal to tie up takes time, we aim for stress free lessons with a positive result.

Here are our four foals at just over 16 weeks old, all happy and content being tied up!

Have a look just how chilled these foals are, videos on our Face Book Page.

 

 

 

 

 These pictures are before we turned the mares and foals back to their paddock, but what was waiting outside was two air balloons, I don’t think the foals would have tied up after this event, great pictures with the sunset, they soon settled but they were all quite frightened by the noise of the burners!

 


Our 2019 Foals – Four Months Old…

Our 2019 foals by DRF Patahas Redheart have all now reached the milestone of 4 months, their characters are shinning through and they are developing very nicely.

Only by photographs do you appreciate and realise how far we have come in just 16 weeks!

 

We continue quietly and slowly with their education, using ropes around them, teaching them to lead, tie and stand.

We never leave head collars on without supervision, after our evening lessons (approximately 5 minutes each), we’ve left their head collars on and regroup for a lesson in standing still together, they completed the task which was quite entertaining, here’s a photo but videos are available on the Face Book page, quite sweet!

 

The Appaloosa and the CREAM Gene!!!

When it comes to Appaloosas and you have a Stallion that can pass his cream gene on to his off spring, we do not take for granted what we see before us, we have to test.

The cream when inherited does not show on black, it’s quite obvious on a new-born bay’s as it turns the red pigment into a golden colour, evidently known as buckskin.

Our two bay foals Rookie (left) and Reflection (right) are both EE Aa and both have inherited the cream gene, making them buckskins.


Our two black and white foals Revelation (left) and Relentless (right), look black and white! You can not tell if they have inherited the cream gene. They are both homozygous black (EE aa).

 

Only genetically testing has confirmed our filly Revelation has inherited the cream gene, our colt, Relentless has not inherited the cram gene.

Revelation’s black markings will eventually turn a beautiful blue/grey colour whilst Relentless will stay with that sharp black and white appearance.

Sometimes black and white is not always black and white…