Redheart Appaloosas New Pasture

It certainly has been a very wet winter, we’ve never fed hay in MAY before!!!

None the less, the sun eventually came out and the spring grass was evident, the herd certainly will benefit from Dr.Green.

 

Contentment…

 

Pure Appaloosa Breeding – Future Bloodlines

Our Stallion – DFR Patahas Redheart certainly is a huge asset to our breeding plan.
Disregard the performance record, ignore the genetics reports, forget about conformation, and overlook the temperament and you are left with The Pedigree…

These horses in Blu’s pedigree are listed on The Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame (established in 1986 to recognize the unique contributions and positive impact individual horses have made on the ApHC).

Thank you to Talisman Horses for this document – Ancestors

APACHE 1942 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1986 – Apache was known as “Performance Star Extraordinaire,” and his blood runs deep in some of today’s champions. 7 X Nat. Champ. named by The Horse Digest as 1 of the top 100 racehorses of all time, in any breed. Won either a Ch. or Res. Ch. Performance Horse title in each of the five National Shows he competed in. Won 16 of 19 race starts. 1948, 1949, & 1950 National Ch.
PRINCE PLAUDIT 1963 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – Top sire with get winning in both halter and performance events. A two-time national Get-of-Sire Champion. Sired winners of one gold, three silver, and 19 bronze medallions. He sired 637 registered foals and 45 of his get also produced medallion winners. He won a bronze production plaque in 1976.
PATCHY 1939 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1986 – Bred in the ApHC’s first year and became known as the “picture horse” because of his vivid colour and correct conformation. Champion Stallion at the first National show. 1948 National Champion Aged Stallion & National Grand Champion Stallion, 1952 National Champion Performance Horse, 1953 National Champion Get of Sire 1955 & 1959 Res National Champion.
CHIEF OF FOURMILE 1952 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – National Champion Performance Horse in 1955, 1956 & 1958, the only horse to win this title three times. National Race winner, Stakes Winner and World Champion Nez Perce Stake winner. A popular painting of this horse drew attention to the Appaloosa breed. He sired 107 registered foals.
JOKER B 1941 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – The 1962 National Champion Get-of-Sire, and in the top three for Get-of-Sire in 1957, 1963, and 1966. World & National Champion Sire, Champion Running Sire X2, First place in the 220-yard race in 1956. Sire of 3 World Champions, 9 National Champions and 1 Running Champion. He was an influential sire, and during the 1960s this horse was greatly responsible for the promotion of the Appaloosa breed by way of his extensive campaigning and numerous public appearances. He sired 196 registered foals.
RED EAGLE 1946 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – He was a charismatic horse and was the first National Champion Halter Horse. National Champion titles include Get-of-Sire and Aged Stallions, both in 1957. He greatly influenced West Coast activities during the 1940s and 1950s. He sired 74 registered foals.
SUNDANCE 500 1933 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – He antedated the registry and was a popular sire. A participant in the U.S. Government’s remount program, he founded one of the more well-known leopard colour families, many of the leopard lines today may still be traced to him.
RED EAGLE’S PEACOCK 1953 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1996 – A two-time national halter champion, by earning a 1956 National Halter title. The stallion’s conformation was deemed so impressive that his image was frequently used as an ideal example of the Appaloosa horse.
PATCHY JR 1952 – ApHC Hall of Fame 2005 – Successful in the show ring and passed his talent along to his get, he sired 100 registered foals and had more than 30 halter and performance championships to his name when he retired from showing at age 12. The stallion won National titles in yearling stallions, 2-year-old stallions, 3-year-old stallions, trail, get of sire, National grand champion stallion, reserve champion stallion—twice, premier sire of performance horses and titles at the Colorado state fairs including grand champion stallion, English pleasure champion, western pleasure, trail, Camas Prairie stump race, Nez Perce stake race and heritage.
His descendants have competed in events from western pleasure to reining, gymkhana, racing and halter in the United States, Canada and Europe. Remembered as an athletic, versatile, and well-mannered champion and sire.
BAMBI E 1954 – ApHC Hall of Fame 2008 -. This stallion shaped much of South Dakota’s Appaloosa industry as his leopard colouring made him the first of his kind in the state, which drew much attention to the horse. The stallion’s sudden popularity caused a surging interest in Appaloosas. The stallion was named high-point performance and high-point halter stallion in South Dakota; he also won open reining classes in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Rapid City, South Dakota. His show career was short, but he was quite prolific as a sire of performance and halter horses and sired National Champions.

Our mares will add the following ApHC Hall of Fame Appaloosas to their progeny by DFR Patahas Redheart.

PEYRES CATORI CAT 2008:
THE EXECUTIVE 1973 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1993 – Who won every class he entered but one (he was reserve) and became National Champion Two Year-Old Stallion, he has more than 40 medallion winning sons and daughters, diverse in their talents as winners in halter, pleasure, jumping, reining, roping, cattle classes, trail, side saddle, and racing.
GOER 1973 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1994 – The all-time leading sire of Appaloosa foals, with 703 on record to date, GOER made an immeasurable impact on the Appaloosa breed–setting a standard for conformation that will remain for generations. To date, sire of over 48 bronze and two silver medallions, as well as 46 Register of Merits. His get have earned 11,655 points in open, youth, and non-pro competition, with 6,974 of those points earned at halter.

PRINCESSE PASCALE 2009 & REDHEART PASCALIUS 2013:
DOUBLE SIX DOMINO 1943 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – With limited showing, he was a National Champion Get-of-Sire in 1970 and placed in the top five in Get-of-Sire in 1960, 1962, and 1964. He sired many colourful winners in halter, performance, and racing–including 246 registered foals with a collective total of 23 performance points, one Register of Merit and one bronze medallion.
BRIGHT EYES BROTHER 1950 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – Said to have charisma and style, lightly shown but greatly influenced the development of the breed. He sired 128 registered foals, and four bronze medallion winners–one of which accumulated 69 halter points.
MIGHTY BRIGHT 1960 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – He impacted the breed substantially. Though injured as a youngster, he was an outstanding sire with offspring winning consistently. He sired 188 registered foals, including six bronze medallion winners in halter and performance and a total of 54 performance and 16 halter points.

CARICKS REDHEART 2014:
WAPITI 1955 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – He became one of the breed’s most influential foundation sires. He placed in the top three in the Get-of-Sire class, 1968-1970, sired 218 registered foals with a total of 268 performance points (by four horses), 192 halter points (by eight horses), six bronze medallions, five Register of Merit winners, one Superior Halter and two Superior Performance winners.
BRIGHT EYES BROTHER 1950 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1988 – Said to have charisma and style, lightly shown but greatly influenced the development of the breed. He sired 128 registered foals, and four bronze medallion winners–one of which accumulated 69 halter points.
THE EXECUTIVE 1973 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1993 – Who won every class he entered but one (he was reserve) and became National Champion Two Year-Old Stallion, he has more than 40 medallion winning sons and daughters, diverse in their talents as winners in halter, pleasure, jumping, reining, roping, cattle classes, trail, side saddle, and racing.

RUSTLER BILL 1954 – ApHC Hall of Fame 1996 – 33 grand champion stallion titles and make his permanent mark on Appaloosa history as one of the earliest pace setters for show horse competition. Among his get were halter and performance champions.
These horses are well recognised within the Bloodlines of the Appaloosa World, noted for more than outstanding performance, they appear in ALL our Redheart Foals.
TOBY I 1936 – ApHC National Champion Get of Sire, 1948 ApHC National Champion Performance Horse,
1948 ApHC National Champion Men’s Western Pleasure, 1948 ApHC National Champion Ladies Western Pleasure,
1948 ApHC National Champion Matched Pairs with Son Toby II and Sire of ApHC National Halter and Performance Champions.
TOBY II 1939 – National Champion Most Colourful Mount and Rider, 1948 ApHC National Champion Matched Pairs with Sire Toby I, 1948 ApHC National Champion 330 Yard Race, 1948 ApHC National Champion 1/4 Mile Race
ApHC National Champion Sire.
TOBY III 1944 – Multiple ApHC National Champion & ApHC National Champion Sire
TOBY IV 1953 – Champion 1955 Two yr. old stallions
FREELS CHICO 1947 – 1950 National Grand Champion Stallion; 1951 Res National Grand Champion Stallion & National Champ Get of Sire; 1954 Nat Champ Wallowa Windfall Race & Nat Champ Color; 1959 Nat Champ Eng Pleasure.
CHIEF CHELSEA 1947 – Sire of National Champions.
DUN ROVEN CHELSEAS IMAGE 1968 – National & World Top 10 Producer Sire of 2 X CRHA National Champions – Multiple R.O.M. producer.

Other Appaloosas noted historically, KNOBBY 1918 – AKA The Lamb Horse, FIRE EYES 1840 – Nez Perce owned and
BLUE HAWK 1898 – Ghost Wind Stallion plus lots of Appaloosas owned from the Sam Fisher Herd.

His blood lines are traced back with the Foundation Appaloosa Horse Registry at 92.9687%, he has a great history of Foundation horses behind him, from the first 8 Stud Books of the ApHC.

DREA Bluhawks Pataha FAHR #939 90.625%, DREA Fire Frangelica FAHR#938 95.3125%, DREA Comanchebluhawk FAHR#140 93.75, OaksPatchy Cloud FAHR #50 87.5%, Pratt Sully Fire FAHR #49 96.875%, DREA Blucomanchemaid FAHR #58 93.75%, KK’s Blu Phoenix FAHR #217 90.625%, Pratt Sul IM Tobena ApHC #522075 96.875%, Oakselah ApHC T346587 75%, SS Stillwater ApHC #266140 100%, Kemos Fire Shadow FAHR #18 100%, Pratts C Girls Im ApHC #422619 93.75%, KK’s Blu Phoenix FAHR #217 90.625%, Pratt Sul Im Tobena ApHC #522075 96.875%, Oklahomas Fly Boy ApHC #82099 100%, Kaniksus Karalea ApHC #498785 81.25%, KC Choc Chip “CC” ApHC #450182 93.75%, Pratts Sul Ima ApHC #448934 100%, Daymon ApHC T102655 75%, Lebars Kanina ApHC #452404 75%, XR’s War Bonnet ApHC #15048 100%, Running Water ApHC #162880 100%, Minindoka Snowy Britches ApHC #153025 100%, Kemo’s Kaprice ApHC #157145 100%, Pratts Sully Saska #167783 100%, Pratt Chelse Girl #331837 87.5%, Oklahomas Fly Boy ApHC #82099 100%, Kaniksus Karalea ApHC #498785 81.25%, KC Choc Chip “CC” ApHC #450182 93.75%, Pratts Sul Ima ApHC #448934 100%, Oklahoma F2398 100%, Shawnee City Sue #7171 100%, Kaniksus Spots #280805 87.5%,Kaniksus Krissie T304932 75%, KC Chipo Plaudit #376128 87.5%, Freckles Joker #377738 100%, Dun Roven Chelsea’s Image #191 100%, Pratts Sully Paty ApHC #298956 100%, Tumalo ApHC #46684 100%, Mona’s Daydream ApHC ID1675 50%, Wolf’s Tiny Bar ApHC #96409 50%, Wolf’s Bobby Socks ApHC T23648 100%, Surprise Patch F1677, Modock Ellie #5371, Warren’s Tribal Dance #48985, Radar’s Tonya #112601, Snake Rivers ApHC T220160 100%, Smokey Rock #42243, Thunder’s Kemosabe #52819, Centaur Ota Onspa #42688, Sully’s Chavelle #83964,Saska Chiquita #13049, Dun Roven Chelsea’s Image #191 100%, Pratts Sully To Geta #261150, Oklahoma F2398 100%, Shawnee City Sue #7171 100%, Kaniksus Spots #280805 87.5%, Kaniksus Krissie T304932 75%, KC Chipo Plaudit #376128 87.5%, Freckles Joker #377738 100%, Dun Roven Chelsea’s Image #191 100%, and Pratts Sully Paty ApHC #298956 100% in the first 6 generations.

Our breeding horses pedigrees can be seen here:

DFR PATAHAS REDHEART

HEVANS EV CATORRIUS

PEYRES CATORI CAT

PRINCESSE PASCALE

REDHEART PASCALIUS

CARICKS REDHEART

TALISMANS REDHEART

Appaloosa Stallion Semen Collection – DFR Patahas Redheart

We can confidently put the Artificial Insemination (AI) kit away as our last mare scanned in foal. We pray all mares to carry full term and wish them a safe delivery resulting in five healthy mares and foals for 2021.

Here is a little clip of our 2020 Stallion Semen Collection – Made easy by DFR Patahas Redheart

All five mares are confirmed pregnant, looks like January, February, and March 2021 will be busy and exciting. Due to current government guidelines, it is not essential for us to have the mares sexed scanned although we seem to have orders for fillies!!

Princesse Pascale is our first mare due, from the size of her embryo we can work out she ovulated on the 12th February, this means her estimated foaling date for 2021 is between January 8th and January 23rd (330 – to 345 days).

Peyres Catori Cat, from the size of her embryo we can work out she ovulated on the 15th of February, this means her estimated foaling date for 2021 is between January 11th and January 26th (330 – to 345 days).

Caricks Redheart, from the size of the embryo we can work out she ovulated on the 16th of February, this means her estimated foaling date for 2021 is between January 12th and January 27th (330 – to 345 days).

Talismans Redheart, from the size of her embryo we can work out she ovulated on the 17th March, this means her estimated foaling date for 2021 is between February 10th and February 25th (330 – to 345 days).

And, our last mare Redheart Pascalius,  from the size of her embryo we can work out she ovulated on the 10th April, this means her estimated foaling date for 2021 is between 7th and 22 March (330 – to 345 days).

There are many ways Studs collect from their stallions, there is no rule. Most studs comply with what suits the stallion, what facilities are available, and depending on help available. The main criteria for collection are health, safety, and all measures in place to limit disease control.

We have found training our stallion very easy, he’s a sensible horse and we “read” him well. Once he has reached the point of “no return”, there is only one objective for him – mount the dummy mare and ejaculate. For this reason, we have been able to safely collect from him and successfully AI our mares.

 

Making 2021 Redheart Appaloosa Foals by Artifical Insemination (AI)

Frisky February

Artificial Insemination (AI) – A process that involves depositing good quality semen into the mare’s uterus at the right time, taking all necessary precaution to reduce infection.

 

There are many reasons why I decided to plan my barn the way I did, there are many reasons why I decided to complete an Artificial Insemination course and there are many reasons why I choose to try for early foals but all my reasons are due to my own personal thoughts on breeding and what suits me.

I’m employed full-time, up at 6am and home at 6pm, the work load I complete on my own and would never complain, breeding is a passion, every day is a school day and everything must work for me as an individual. Therefore, the stallion and mares must be cooperative in all manners, you can’t have a mare trying to get out of the stocks when you have fresh semen ready to be inserted.

To start at the beginning we needed to control our mares estrous cycle which is affected by light, turning the barn lights on at 6am and off at 10pm has given the mares 16 hours of “artificial light” and sure enough come February the 5th we saw our first mare “show” to our stallion.

This year we have 4 seasoned mares and 1 maiden, the seasoned mares are faultless with AI but we certainly prepared our maiden well in advance, washing her vagina, bandaging her tail and teaching her to stand quietly in the stocks well before AI could take place.

We invested last year in a set of stocks, a dummy mare and an AI “kit”, we successfully inseminated 4 mares, the mares were not a problem but teaching our stallion was certainly a challenge. The aim is for the stallion is to “flower” or “called belling” (which basically means he reaches the point of no return before ejaculation), I won’t go into detail, but our stallion went from being unbelievably shy to being obsessed and overly keen with the dummy! All his actions have been noted for future reference as his mating behaviour certainly changes with individual mares (such as he flowers and ejaculates within seconds with one of our mares but takes 4 or 5 minutes to even get aroused by another one of our mares). His sexual response (libido) certainly has increased this year with a very mature and sensible attitude.

AI takes less than 5 minutes to complete, from collection to insemination but preparation takes nearly an hour…
Many factors affect collecting from a stallion with an AV, temperature, the tightness or pressure that surrounds the AV, some like it loose whilst others like it tight, we have not experienced a “non-collection” from our stallion so I guess either we are doing what he likes or he really isn’t fussy? The last reason is the amount of lubrication (Ky jelly) used, remember, you are trying to mimic a vagina, if the AV is too slippery or too dry many stallions won’t ejaculate, I think we have this lube sorted 😉

As soon as our stallion sees the AV, the screaming starts, to an inexperienced person the noise is quite frightening but to a breeder its music! We are ready, hard hat on, steel toe capped boots, mare ready and stallion ready. The stallion’s stable is opposite the dummy and we put the mare in the stable parallel to him, her stable is opposite the stocks. We watch and wait for the stallion to become aroused and just as we see the flowering, we open the stable door, timed to perfection within a few strides he’s on the dummy making love to the AV like it’s his right and duty!

Our stallion likes to have what I call “his cigar moment”, after ejaculation, he always turns his head to the right, as if he’s looking at the mare – “was that good for you?”. He climbs off the dummy in a daze and he’s returned to the stable! The mare is then walked into the stocks and inseminated…

We have collected many times during February, we are convinced we have at least three mares pregnant but two just didn’t feel right, we’ll soon find out at their 16-day scan. At this first scan we gain vital information, first a positive pregnancy, secondly the detection of twins and thirdly by the size of the oocyte (egg) we can work out when ovulation took place and therefore predict the foaling date.

As a qualified AI technician, I can only use fresh and chilled semen, I can not use frozen. I am only allowed to use my certificate within the UK as per the Veterinary Surgeons Act 2010 No 2059. I must adhere to all limitations of disease control, for this reason I do not stand my stallion at public stud and do not have boarding mares here at Redheart Appaloosas, it’s just too impractical.

It will be wonderful to have all mares confirmed in foal earlier in the season to enable our stallion to compete back under saddle for the 2020 show season without him loosing weight fretting over in season mares…

Redheart Appaloosa Mare Pedigrees – Talismans Redheart

Looking back at two years with Talismans Redheart.

Ghost was imported from France and is our smallest mare, currently standing at 15hh, she has an adorable kind and quiet personality. We like her very much, the last imported horse added to our gene pool…

Unfortunately, whilst playing with the young stock, she sustained an injury to her hind leg. We are thankful she’s sound, has nice breeding and put together quite well, therefore she should complement her future foals. Unfortunately, she’ll never see the show ring due to a cosmetic scar, accidents do happen!

Listed on the ApHC Hall Of Fame, Ghost has SUNDANCE and BAMBI E on both sides of her pedigree, her sire adds APPACHE, JOKER B and PRINCE PLAUDIT whilst her dam boasts RED EAGLE, PATCHY, RED EAGLES PEACOCK and PATCHY JR.

Ghosts blood line is predominantly Appaloosa blood but go back 15 generations on the dam side and you’ll see WAZIR 1863, a grey Arabian stallion who was an undefeated racehorse and one of the most successful and famous stallions in Egypt.

Ghost’s Stiches OUT!

Well since Ghost’s accident her wound has healed really well, no discharge, limited swelling, no infection and today she gets her stitches out!

She hasn’t coped very well with box rest and although we’ve kept our pony in with her for company, all she’s wanted to do it be out with her friends! I don’t like keeping horses in, even through the winter months ALL the horses go out but on this occasion we’ve had to be cruel to be kind!

Fernando Bulnes takes Ghost’s stitches out…

Tidy job but we expect scar tissue, we are very grateful to Fernando for looking after our filly with continuous updates and checks we are even more thankful Ghost is a filly and a very well-bred filly at that because her show ring career is sure to be over before it’s began!

You Can’t Wrap Them In Cotton Wool…

Horses are horses and we can’t wrap them in cotton wool although we do try so hard to prevent injury’s! Accidents happen no matter what!

Ghost our new filly has settled well, she’s been accepted within the herd and now plays with Regent and Reality but and it’s a big BUT on this occasion their playing has caused great upset at Redheart Appaloosas!

One of the boys has caught Ghost’s leg hind leg, a wound that I have seen many times before and I know it’s not a good!
Despite little sleep as we have tended to Princesse Pascale and her new arrival, we loaded Ghost at first sight of this wound and headed off to Three Counties Equine Hospital.

At this point we didn’t know if the injury had affected the tendon sheath, she wasn’t lame so this was a blessing, all we could do was clean it, bandage it and let the professional deal with it.

Thankfully Ghost is a very sensible filly, she loaded and was a dream for the Vet and staff which makes the process so much easier to deal with.

It wasn’t long before the good news came, the injury hadn’t interfered with the tendons. She was stitched up and brought back home on strict box rest.


A very tidy stitch up by Fernando Bulnes MRCVS, 

We have a long journey ahead of us but we will do our best…

The Newest Addition – Talismans Redheart

After Talismans Redheart aka Ghost safely arrived in the UK, after two weeks in isolation, after meeting and greeting the herd and being excepted to some degree, our new filly is content within the herd even though she is consistent in her efforts for a higher place in the pecking order!

Such a sweet curious and affectionate filly, she will be three years old this July.

ApHC – 100% FPD & GAP 5, ApHC UK – A Register, FAHR at 95.0195%, BApS – Pending.

Black (Ee/aa) roan mare, homozygous for Leopard Complex gene (LP/LP) and negative for the PATTERN1 (patn1/patn1) gene.  5-panel and grey gene negative.

Here is a little video of her today Talismans Redheart 17.03.19

Appaloosas, genotype can sometimes exceed the expectations of phenotype…

It’s commonly thought Appaloosa’s who are homozygous for the Leopard Print gene are visually seen as fewspot’s with 100% white patterning to snowcap’s, with about 30% white patterning. There are many variations in-between but Appaloosas with less than 20% white patterning levels may be very difficult to verify visually, their genotype can sometimes exceed the expectations of their phenotype.

We certainly would have overlooked our new filly as a homozygous Leopard Complex gene (LP/LP), we are thankful for testing.

Ghost…

A huge asset to our breeding programme.

 

Redhearts Exporting and Importing Appaloosas…

Bonjour Blanc & Good Morning Ghost

One of the aims here at the stud is to improve our blood lines, breeding forward. Sometimes an opportunity cannot be missed!

Meet Ghost, a perfect little filly born from two amazingly bred Appaloosas, the sire RHA Sully Fire Image bred at Red Hills Appaloosa, Oregon, USA (FPD: 100% FAHR: 96% GAP: G-5) and the dam,
CTA Cikla Tahca bred at Caretaker Appaloosa, Indiana, USA (FPD: 100% FAHR: 96.78%). Both parents imported to Talisman Horse in France for their Foundation Breeding Program in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Ghost should make 15hh+ and is a well-proportioned filly with good conformation with a very quiet and sweet personality. Her phenotype is chocolate-brown now with her winter coat but her genotype is black (Ee aa), she is negative for the Pattern gene and is homozygous for the Leopard gene (LP/LP), 5 panel negative and grey gene. She is eligible for registration with the Foundation Appaloosa Horse Registry at 95%+, she’s registered with the Appaloosa Horse Club on their Foundation Pedigree Designation program at 100% FPD and their Generation Advancement Program at G5. We will overstamp her passport with the Appaloosa Horse Club UK and the British Appaloosa Society.

We hope to get her in the ring as a three-year-old and then she will join our breeding program.

Exporting Blanc

The journey was easily planned as Patricia and Come Hugot, the owners of Talisman Horses were purchasing our three-year-old mare Redheart Regal (Blanc), therefore it made sense to deliver Blanc and collect Ghost.

We applied for the export papers for Blanc from EquineExportsCarlisle@apha.gsi.gov.uk, the form is easy to complete and requires basic information of holding address, destination, date of departure/arrival, route and horse details (our journey was less than 8 hours, therefore a journey log did not need to be submitted). The Animal & Plant Health Agency (Apha) then sent the relevant health papers to your chosen vet and an exporting declaration form to be completed. An appointment must be made with the Vet to examine the horse within 24 hours of departure, Blanc’s health certificate was completed the day before we departed and is valid for 15 days. They also send you an A4 sign to be placed in the windscreen with identifies the lorry is carrying live animals, this ensures priority during transportation at the port, first on the ferry and first off.

Leaving the stud at early Thursday morning, we arrived at Dover port, you can buy an open return ticket up to two weeks in advance however they run a “turn-up-and-go system for freight. The port is 24 hours and there is a crossing every hour so you are never under pressure.

 

 

    The only other documents required were our passports and Blanc’s passport, we carry a first aid kit on board but we did need to buy an EU kit, quite basic but mandatory in France.

We like to travel single horses lose in our lorry, especially on long journeys. They have access to hay and water and find themselves a comfortable standing place, funny enough they never travel facing forwards or hearing bone, they always face the rear at an angle. Unless your DFR Patahas Redheart who laid down on his journey from Switzerland!

Being the first to drive on the ferry allowed us time to tender to Blanc and make her comfortable before we left her during the crossing (you can not stay with the horse) which gave us time to dine…

The crossing was very smooth and quick, within less than 90 minutes the announcement was made for all passengers to report to their vehicles. Being one of the first to exit the ferry we were had already planned the sat-nav for Talisman Horses, about 200 miles from Calis. The start of our French journey was somewhat delayed due to the French recent activities, many roads were blocked due to the protesters. Having negotiated a new route, it was very straightforward and we arrived before dusk.

We unloaded Blanc, I walked her around her new pasture, showing her the boundary, the water trough, and the hay feeder before letting her loose. The paddocks next to her were full of beautiful Appaloosas who all wanted to say hello but Blanc was more interested in having a good look around. She settled very quickly as darkness came and the lights were left on for her comfort.

Importing Ghost

We spent time with our hosts which was very enjoyable and once all the paperwork was exchanged we loaded Ghost, a filly who has never loaded or travelled on a lorry she surely displayed a huge amount of bravery and trust.

Arriving at Calais port, we had missed the 10 pm ferry, parked in our lane ready to be called we gained an hour of “shut-eye” as Ghost tucked into her dinner. My self and partner shared the driving which made the journey easy. At check-in and Border Control all our paperwork was inspected, Ghost’s passport against her health export papers and a slight interrogation of our purpose but we were all in the clear and experienced quite a rough journey back across the English Channel, not good for me!!

We arrived safely back home early hours the next day, Ghost was a little shocked coming down the ramp, it took a while but with no pressure, she worked it out within an hour!!!!

All settled, she tucked into her hay and was laid flat-out within hours, tired little filly!

We are absolutely delighted to have found Blanc a 5* home and so too does Ghost.

Ghost 07/12/18 Imported to the UK from Talisman Horses France

 

Blanc 07.12.18 Exported from Redheart Appaloosas UK to France

Here is a short video link to our export and import within 24 hours.