There are many assumptions about breeding for colour especially with the increasing availability of equine genetics to the public. More and more “breeders” are certainly breeding for colour, evident by beautifully coloured marked foals with no obvious thought for conformation, pedigree, temperament, registrations or performance and the list can go on…
No horse has perfect conformation, beauty is and always will be in the eye of the beholder, one reason why we prove the Redhearts in the ring, every Judge has their “ideal” type and colour should never come before confirmation. The rules are simply based on 60% conformation and 40% colour in “Most Colourful Class’s”.
Early this year we contributed a few images of our Appaloosas to aid the explanation of their genotype for the first French written book of equine genetics and it’s scientific approach to the colours of horses. It’s Author Laure Marandet has created an excellent book which explains the process of colourisation and hair dilution in horses. We are certainly privileged to have contributed to this publication.
LES ROBES DES CHEVAUX: Approche génétique et scientifique des couleurs des chevaux.
We’ve noticed the “independence” of Ru over the last month or so and due to adlib hay and sharing her dams feed the demand for milk has reduced, just a few factors that help during weaning.
Because Ru is sold, we would like her to leave the stud when we know she is ready and not before, she has accepted weaning with no fuss at all. Redheart Regal joined the broodmares and only called in reply to Ru’s calls, she was absolutely delighted to be reunited with the herd. Ru, however, was taken into a stable between her sire DFR Patahas Redheart and uncle Redheart Catorrius, she too only called for less than an hour!
So, Redheart Regal is happy, she only upset the herd momentarily!
And our sweet Ru is very content…
At 6 months old, we’re delighted to add her ApHC registration certificate, another 100% FPD foal at the Redheart Appaloosa Stud.
Here is a 4-minute video of Redheart RU Chubarry at 6 months old.
We subscribe to the Appaloosa Journal, this is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse. Each year we compete at the Appaloosa Horse Club UK National Show, each year we take part in the UK classes and USA Classes. Whilst our UK points go towards ApHC UK Performance Awards our USA points accumulate towards Register Of Merits Awards (R.O.M).
Being placed in ApHC classes gains points, these points are International taken from all the participants at affiliated ApHC Shows around the World! Argentina, Czech Republic, Caledonia, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Austria, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Brazil, Switzerland, Israel, Chile, China, Italy, Dubai, Mexico, Panama and of course the United Kingdom, not forgetting the Regional Clubs of the USA.
Despite the purebred Appaloosa being a “rare” breed here in the UK, the Registered American Appaloosas are doing pretty well, this year we see two UK Stallions in the 2018 World Standings results in the October edition of the Appaloosa Journal.
Our first horse Hevans EV Catorrius achieved his International recognition in 2014, finishing 2nd in the International Top 5 Two-Year-Old Stallions.
Our second horse at one-year-old was Redheart Cateaster, finished 3rd in the International Top 5 for Yearling Fillies.
To date, in 2018 we see DFR Patahas Redheart, our three-year-old stallion on the World Standings table.
Amazing where 1 point can put you in the WORLD!
Christmas day 2004 we entertained the “family” for lunch, about 20 of us and the food prep took a very long time, we had purchased the Cat Stevens CD and the songs played continuously.
One favorite song was (and still is) Father and Son, well some of the lyrics are just so fitting here when I see Reus talking with his son Reality…
“Just relax, take it easy”
“There’s so much you have to know”
“I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy”
“But take your time, think a lot”
“Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy”
As a yearling Reality is looking rather tall against his father Reus who is 6!
Look at the height of that spotty bum!
We join the many people who appreciate the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, moonlit halos and anything else Mother Nature throws at us…
During the beginning of October we’ve witnessed several evenings with a red sky but to capture an image with such beauty requires Appaloosas here at the Stud!
You can’t make animals in a herd, naturally, stand and pose for you, so you waited and wait and wait! Until, eventually, during the “movement” of grazing, you catch that split second of “the shot”. Here it is, with our two main mares…
Peyres Catori Cat & Princesse Pascale
Red sky at night, Appaloosas delight!
Due to the Autumn “cold” making its way not only through my workplace but my household it finally got me… Although we prepared Regent for his début outing I resigned to the fact I just couldn’t do it!
Here are a few shots of Regent all dressed up before being unplaited and turned back out with the herd, I think he would have done well at The Royal London Show but we will never know!
Reus and Blu have finished the 2018 showing season, Blu competing In Hand in the morning, winning a few classes including the Final In Hand Appaloosa of the Year.
Reus competed in the Ridden section during the afternoon, placed in a few classes and won the Final Ridden Appaloosa of the Year.
The Ridden Amateur Owned, Trained and Shown class was the highlight of our day, Reus came 5/10 from strong competition.
Credit to the Foreign Breeds Society, thank you for a running such a wonderful event, it was lovely to see all the Rare and Foreign Breeds in one arena x
We sell our horses with a basic contract that merely says we have the first refusal should the resale of the horse be required for any reason at any time.
The Redheart Appaloosas are a rare breed in the UK and we feel it necessary to always know where our horses are, we appreciate people’s circumstances change and sometimes it’s not always possible to keep a horse for many reasons.
When we delivered Regent to his new home he settled very well and Jane his new owner kept us up to date daily with his progress, we appreciated these updates and delighted to know even the tiniest details. From walking to Jane when called to eventually cantering to the sight of his new “mum”!
Then we got the news that due to a personal circumstance which remains confidential, we felt it was in Regent’s best interest to come home. Regent hadn’t done anything wrong and it was agreed he would be collected at the first possible opportunity.
Arriving at his new home it was clear Regent was very settled at very much at home, he didn’t want to leave his new friends but walked straight up into the lorry. Arriving back home, the neighing didn’t stop until Regent was reunited with his family in person, so lovely to see.
I can’t explain why this horse is so special but if I’m right you will soon see why…
- Paula Cooper
- Why Redheart?