The Class of 2021 – The Window of opportunity…

We initially rely on our mares to help teach the foals to lead and stand.
We take full advantage of a small window of opportunity when the foals only want to follow their dams, when the apron’s strings are broken they are happy to be lead alone.

The Class of 2021 – The First Blade of Grass…

After days out in the ménage the next step for our 2021 foals is turn out in a small paddock. It is hard for them to understand why their dams just want to eat after a quick check of the boundary, a gradual reintroduction to grass for the mares is especially important.
 
After they settle and their heads go down, we wonder what the first blade of grass tastes like for a foal?
 
We are in May and Spring has not arrived, the days have been OK, but the nights are still too cold and wet to leave the foals out. Since birth, each mare and foal have increased time out over a two week period, building up the length of time to reach a full days grazing before coming in for the night.

 

The Class of 2021 – The First Turn-out

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There is no doubt turnout is best for new-born foals, enabling them to develop physically and mentally. All our mare’s and foals have individual turnout in the safety area of the duracorral before they are turned out in the field together.

Here are the first few days of their lives outside the barn…

 

The Class 2021 – THE FIRST 48 HOURS

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Can you imagine being born within 4 walls and then the door is opened, a new environment awaits you but also the realisation of what your legs are for…

Our post foaling check list is quite extensive, but only then can we relax and enjoy our foals knowing we have done our best to ensure their well-being.

Here are some clips from The Class of 2021, showing their characters within in the first 48hrs of life outside the stable.

Here is a little video:

The Class of 2021 – STAGE 3 – Passing The Placenta

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STAGE 3 of foaling is known as delivery of the placenta. The mare’s uterus continues to contract after foaling which causes the placenta to be expelled BUT so much more happens before the placenta is expelled.

So, the foals are safely out, either our mares get up or our foals crawl to their dam’s head but either way the umbilical cord breaks and the foals begin their first mission, to get to their feet. Their second mission is to find the milk bar, both missions are challenging, we only intervene if required to do so.

Our mares’ bond with their foals by licking, nuzzling, and nickering to them, it is wonderful to watch.

During the processes of the foals’ natural instincts, to stand and feed, the mare’s body is constantly experiencing the pain of contractions, the ultimate result we wait for is a placenta that is completely intact.

Once we are satisfied the foal has properly latched on and nursed, the foal has urinated and passed the meconium and most of all the placenta is intact, only then do we leave them, knowing we have done everything possible to ensure a great start to their new life.

Here’s a little video:

The Class 2021 – STAGE 2 FOALING

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As the contraction persist, we witness the bulge of the white fluid-filled amniotic sac from the vulva followed by every breeder’s delight, two front feet and a nose. We wait and watch and talk to our mares, we know our mares well and they need to know I am there.

As the contraction persist, the feet and nose pop in and out of their vulvas, it is common for a mare to get up and back down as she repositions her foal for ease of delivery. The head and front feet are now out… Then, a few hard pushes that result in the shoulders passing through the birth canal and eventually the foal is out!

Telling them how well they have done and keeping everything calm, they whinny and look at their new-born and stay lying down which is beneficial for the foal to receive as much blood as possible to pass through the umbilical cord.

Right or wrong, we always pull out the back feet out, we know too many stories of foals trying to crawl whilst the feet are inside the mare whilst she is led down, the result can be detrimental to the mare, so we take no risks.

Whilst the foal is out, we gently clear the nasal passage of any fluid, imprint them before the mares get up or the foal crawl to the mares head and allow the bonding process to begin.

Either the mare will stay down, and the foal will start to crawl towards her, or the mare will get up and their first meet is just beautiful. This is their first bond, all our mares are great mothers, they are kind and do their foals well, we leave them bond.

Here’s a little video:

The Class of 2021 – STAGE 1 – Signs of imminent FOALING

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The Redheart Mare’s – Stage ONE of foaling and the imminent signs!

We keep our mares in a strict routine and when the doors are shut and a loud “night night” is yelled down the barn, the horses know it is quiet time and safe to foal.

Before foaling begins the mares must go through STAGE ONE of labour, a point prior to foaling when the mares look like they are showing signs of colic, box walking, kicking their bellies, rubbing their rear ends, lying down and getting up repeatedly, holding their tails up, looking at the flanks, nipping or kicking at the abdomen, sweating, frequently urinate and pass droppings, walking around, picking at bits of hay, pawing the ground, some show signs of yawning, chewing and generally looking restless with an obvious change in behaviour and generally looking uncomfortable.

We watch them closely as we wait for them to settle and not get worse…this is due to a hormone released which creates uterine contractions and the foal rotates from its back, onto its belly with its forelegs and head extended towards the mare’s vagina, it moves into position for ready for delivery.

It can last for hours with “breaks” in between or it can be consistent before foaling commences, either way, all mares are different, their pain thresh hold levels are different and all will show some of the signs mentioned. We watch them with a careful eye especially the maiden, she really has no idea what’s going on!

Here is a little video:

The Class of 2021 – FOUR WEEKS PRIOR TO FOALING

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Let us go back to November 2019 when we stabled our 5 mares through the winter months under at least 11 hours of artificial light, come early February 2020, our mares were cycling and obviously in season. We collected semen from our stallion and artificially inseminated the mares.

At their 14–16-day scan, the Vet was able to confirm the mares were pregnant and by the size of the embryo’s we could work out what date the mares ovulated. From this date, we worked out the estimated date of their foaling due dates.

From the time of conception, the mares lived a normal life out in the field within the herd. During the third trimester of pregnancy, foals do the majority of their growing, so we start the mares on a little stud mix and gradually build up the quantity.

With one month to go, the mares are introduced into a new routine, being stabled each night, each mare has her own stable, this enables her body to build up immunity to her new surroundings which are passed onto the foal. The mares are dewormed, have a Flu and tetanus vaccine and the last trim from the farrier prior to foaling, all are routine for us and all for the benefit of the mares and foals as we start our new evening TV show… Foal Watch.

We are now prepared, if there is anything missing from our foaling kit, it is sleep! No matter if this is your first foaling or your 100th, you do not want to miss it…the thought of creating a life and not being prepared to take accountability for any complications that might occur is something we take very seriously.

Counting down the days, we observe their udders and vulvas at 6am and 6pm, these are key to all the signs of imminent foaling. As the week approaches to each due date, we take note of the loss of appetite for hay, they have adlib hay and as soon as this becomes bedding, we know things are starting to progress. As we increase their hard feed, we introduce a sloppy grass mash with salt, this ensures they drink plenty of water to prevent their droppings change to a firmer texture.

As we watch their evening stable TV routine show, we note their behaviour, we like to say it is a “textbook” foaling but never have we witnesses two foaling’s the same, not even from the same mare. Every mare has a different pain threshold, but the fact remains they all must go through the same process with or without those obvious signs they are supposed to show us…

Here is a little video of our 5 mares:

The ApHC UK – CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL

 Well, we thought it was never going to end…

The support from our ApHC UK Members was incredible, the added Sponsorship enabled us to add more qualifiers for the Champion of Champions. We added a WILD section for those who qualified in utility classes with Appaloosas and then we were able to split the WILD section to enable our Members to participate with their non Appaloosas. As the COVID restrictions lifted slightly, we were able to offer a video section and then a Youth section, so from a small idea came a huge online show that financially benefited our charity through very challenging times.

With three very patient and talented Judges “WE DID IT”, on behalf of the ApHC UK Directors and it’s Members, thank you to Louise Hunt (Spring Show), Sally Chamberlain (Summer Show) and Beverley Beresford-Batten (Autumn Show). All three Judges (based on a score system) judged the Champion of Champions from all who qualified from the Spring, Summer and Autumn Show Series.

 

What on earth would we do without modern technology to have completed such a huge task…

Here are the final videos of all Champions and Reserve Champions that qualified for the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS SHOW SERIES 2020

The ApHC UK 2020 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL MEMBERS NON-APPALOOSAS

The ApHC UK 2020 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS WILD APPALOOSAS

The ApHC UK 2020 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL MAIN REGISTER

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our Sponsors:

THANK YOU to Three Counties Equine Hospital for Sponsoring our ApHC UK Youth Challenge.

The Reserve Supreme picture, the Reserve Supreme Video, and the overall YOUTH CHALLENGE SUPREME!

THANK YOU to Dengie for sponsoring all the ApHC UK Members WILD Non Appaloosa Picture and video Championship and Supreme Champion at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU to Elite Equine for their generosity in sponsoring ALL ApHC Veterans Championships and Reserve Championships in our picture and video sections in ALL four sections at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU Auriol Thorne and Stuart Gordon @ Hands Onto Health & All About Balance for sponsoring the ApHC UK Members WILD Non Appaloosa Picture and video Reserve Supreme Championship at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU Simon Coates @ Simon Coates Photography for sponsoring the ApHC UK SHOW SERIES WILD NON-APPALOOSA SUPREME CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2020

THANK YOU to Eleni Randle at Eldnar Consultancy for sponsoring many of ApHC UK Members Non-Registered Appaloosas Picture and video Championship at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU to Tim Whittington Dwcf Atf @ Priory Forge for sponsoring many of ApHC UK Members Characteristic Appaloosa Reserve Picture and video Championship at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU to Wendy Fitzgerald with Chubarry Charlie at Chubarry Appaloosa Stud for sponsoring the ApHC UK Reserve Supreme WILD Appaloosa Championship Picture and Video at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

THANK YOU to Lynn Jarvis @ APHS & Foreign Breed for sponsoring ApHC UK Supreme WILD Appaloosa at our Champion of Champions Show 2020.

ApHC UK 2020 Show Series 

MAIN REGISTERED APPALOOSAS 

Champion of Champions Show Sponsors

ApHC UK Most Colourful Champion Picture -Bob Gale with Rodega Zadoc
ApHC UK Reserve Champion Picture – Bob Gale with Rodega Zadoc

ApHC UK – A & B Registry Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Rowan Hamilton @ Ha L’expérience Appaloosa – The Appaloosa Experience
ApHC UK – A & B Registry Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK – A & B Registry Championship Video SPONSORED BY Rowan Hamilton @ Ha L’expérience Appaloosa – The Appaloosa Experience
ApHC UK – A & B Registry Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC USA – A – American Registry Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Mel Banfield with Private B Riker & Wa Ha Dar at Mel’s Appaloosa
ApHC USA – A – American Registry Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC USA – A – American Registry Championship Video SPONSORED BY Mel Banfield with Private B Riker & Wa Ha Dar at Mel’s Appaloosa
ApHC USA – A – American Registry Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK – P – Part-bred Registry Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Joanne Thomas & Joan Silittoe at Capitall Stud
ApHC UK – P – Part-bred Registry Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK – P – Part-bred Registry Championship Video SPONSORED BY Joanne Thomas & Joan Silittoe at Capitall Stud
ApHC UK – P – Part-bred Registry Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK – C – Characteristic Registry Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Kim Sands & Karen Williams at Tuscany Sands Stud
ApHC UK – C – Characteristic Registry Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK – C – Characteristic Registry Championship Video SPONSORED BY Kim Sands & Karen Williams at Tuscany Sands Stud
ApHC UK – C – Characteristic Registry Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK Youngstock Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Katey Anne Catcheside at Invictus Stud
ApHC UK Youngstock Reserve Championship Picture  SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK Youngstock Championship Video SPONSORED BY Katey Anne Catcheside at Invictus Stud
ApHC UK Youngstock Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK & ApHC USA Male Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Caroline Clarry with WD Arctic Rain at Peregrina Stud
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Male Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK & ApHC USA Male Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Caroline Clarry with WD Arctic Rain at Peregrina Stud
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Reserve Male Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Female Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Viki Oliver with Cachiriph Zuhri at Cozmical Appaloosas
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Female Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Female Championship Video SPONSORED BY Viki Oliver with Cachiriph Zuhri at Cozmical Appaloosas
ApHC UK & ApHC USA Female Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK Veterans (Male & Female) Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Elite Equine
ApHC UK Veterans (Male & Female) Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Elite Equine
ApHC UK Veterans (Male & Female) Championship Video SPONSORED BY Elite Equine
ApHC UK Veterans (Male & Female) Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Elite Equine

ApHC UK Youth 12 Years and under Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Michele Primmer with Chubarry Chaleco
ApHC UK Youth 12 Years and under Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK Youth 12 Years and under Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Stephanie Welburn with Topspotted Tatookie at Dreamcoat Sports Horses – Elevage Dreamcoat
ApHC UK Youth 12 Years and under Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK Youth 13 – 18-Year-old Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Lian Wood with Redheart Reflection & Relentless
ApHC UK Youth 13 – 18-Year-old Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY  Stephanie Welburn with Topspotted Tatookie at Dreamcoat Sports Horses – Elevage Dreamcoat
ApHC UK Youth 13 – 18-Year-old Championship Video SPONSORED BY  Stephanie Welburn with Topspotted Tatookie at Dreamcoat Sports Horses – Elevage Dreamcoat
ApHC UK Youth 13 – 18-Year-old Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK OPEN A-USA Youth Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Di & Dan Wilson with Joe Glow at Tober Appaloosas
ApHC UK OPEN A-USA Youth Reserve Championship Picture SPONSORED BY Redheart Appaloosa
ApHC UK OPEN A-USA Youth Championship Video SPONSORED BY Di & Dan Wilson at TOGETHER – Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning
ApHC UK OPEN A-USA Youth Reserve Championship Video SPONSORED BY Redheart Appaloosa

ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME ADULT Picture ADULTS SPONSORED BY Karen Paton with RDF Ti Kha Atta Rain at WD Stud
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME Video ADULTS SPONSORED BY Karen Paton with RDF Ti Kha Atta Rain at WD Stud
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME Youth Picture Chris Richardson with Ammanvalley Dark Star at Ammanvalley Stud
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME Youth Video SPONSORED BY Chris Richardson with Ammanvalley Dark Star at Ammanvalley Stud
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME YOUNGSTOCK Picture SPONSORED BY – Denise Playfair Portraits
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME YOUNGSTOCK Video SPONSORED BY Denise Playfair Portraits
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME FEMALE Picture SPONSORED BY Lisa Randle Freelance BHS Accredited Coach
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME FEMALE Video SPONSORED BY Lisa Randle Freelance BHS Accredited Coach
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME MALE Picture SPONSORED BY Elisa Spivey @ Sales Filter Ltd
ApHC UK RESERVE SUPREME MALE Video SPONSORED BY Elisa Spivey @ Sales Filter Ltd

SUPREME PICTURE (ADULT & YOUTHS) SPONSORED BY  Engine Carbon Clean

ApHC UK SUPREME VIDEO (ADULT & YOUTHS) SPONSORED BY Northdown Letting

ApHC UK SHOW SERIES SUPREME 2020 (PICTURE OR VIDEO – ADULT & YOUTHS) – SPONSORED BY EQUIVENTUS

Please see our Face Book Page for the WINNERS but a huge congratulations to CAROL HARDY with TIPTOE DAZZELENA  for winning  ApHC UK SHOW SERIES 2020 SUPREME.

ApHC UK  SHOW SERIES 2020 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS WINNER.

 

 

 

Appaloosa Horse Club UK – 2020 Show Series

As one of the ApHC UK Directors, I personally have been extremely busy during the “lock down” coordinating the ApHC UK virtual shows, Redheart Appaloosas is one of the main sponsors and on this basis we believe it only fair not to compete in the competition ourselves.

Never thought so much work was involved but what an absolute honour, a pleasure and how exciting it has been, the promotion of ApHC UK and the Appaloosa in the UK has certainly taken presidency on social media. I’m only too happy to help promote the Appaloosa Breed and help offer our members something to aim for during these unprecedented times!

We have used every “spare” minute to organise these online show but we are near the end.. The Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows have been completed successfully and now I prepare the Champions and Reserve Champions for our three Judges, Louise Hunt, Sally Chamberlain and Bev Beresford Batten  to decide who our Champion of Champions will be…

Redheart Appaloosa updates will resume shortly, we have so much news to tell you…

Check out ApHC UK Face Book page HERE

See The Appaloosa Horse Club UK Website details HERE

View the YouTube Entry Videos HERE