.....I basically have :) The girls and I are taking a much needed pause before we start our new adventure. Rest assured, lots of fun things are still happening - like vet checks, trailer loading etiquette, and walking politely over tarps covered with acorns....I will definitely be back in Feb. 2019! Until then, Happy Holidays!!
In preparation for the move I brought both girls back to the folks ranch: it is easier to coordinate the move from there. They have access to two pastures, both about 2 acres each, as well as a paddock. Pasture A shares a fence with the neighbors herd of geldings + 1 burro, while Pasture B has a pipe paddock. Because Tesla gets protective about her food, I have Porsche out in Pasture A, and Tesla in Pasture/paddock B (but they can still cuddle over the fence after dinner ;)
The other evening I brought Tess out of her paddock and was trimming her feet. She was being super quiet and sweet (cause I've been going 100 miles per hour and haven't been able to give her 1-on-1 time every night lol). But as I led her around the property, I could see she was super fresh and needed a work out. So I grabbed my trusty cavesson, longe line and whip and headed out to into pasture B to work her. There were a lot of distractions: a raft of turkeys walking by, someone tractoring in the field behind, it was close to dinner-time, and Porsche was free in the next door pasture, but I felt Tess could handle it....
I is listening now.... womp womp
and she did, that is until the Porsche took off running in the adjacent pasture, screaming like a banshee, tail straight in the air, and proceeded to get the geldings worked up in their pasture - even the little burro was bucking!
pretty much this but with screaming, naughty instigator!
Actually the burro has such a huge head, all he has to do is lower it and his hind legs are in the air!
Needless to say Tesla went full on tantrum. Bucking, leaping, stallion snort, you name it, she tried it - but I kept her working and shut down any escalations with a hard verbal 'NO!" and a yank on the cavesson (which she really respects). Although it looked bad (My Mum was watching - and I think I nearly scared her to death - why do horses always know when the folks are watching?!) I didn't feel out-of-control or in danger at any point, and I had the tools I needed in hand. After about 5 minutes or so of antics, Tess settled down to some beautiful work and was happy to get her "good girl" and come to the center for some ear rubs, and acquiesce to being a polite law-abiding citizen once again.
So, our homework is definitely to do more work with distractions occurring (not that I want Porsche to run screaming all the time). I don't pick fights, but I sure as heck better be able to finish them ;)
Etalondx is an equine genetics company that is essentally 23andme for horses (minus any ancestry determinations)
Part of my 5 year plan is to produce my next prospect from Tesla - and as step 1, I wanted to rule out any genetic red flags, and let's be honest, answer the question everyone wants to know: is she bay or black?
Colour is sunburnt here LOL
Here is a breakdown of the probabilities, based on the phenotypes of a chestnut dam and bay sire (and not knowing their exact genotypes) using the UC Davis color calculator:
So the odds were definitely stacked for bay.
UC Davis also does color testing, but Etalon gives you the most bang for your buck, in terms of number of traits tested. I had a hunch of what to expect, but when the results came back that Tesla carried two gaited genes, was a lordosis carrier (swayback) and was a long distance endurance type.....ummmmm, that seemed kinda suspect.....so when I contacted the company, they agreed to do a re-extraction and a re-run of the diagnostics, (and told me that Tesla's results most likely had been swapped in human error with a Mangalarga Marchador that coincidentally had a very similar ID number as Tesla).
So, without further ado, what do the genes say?
1) BLACK! aaEe to be exact. I'm thrilled!
2) Lethal white over carrier (I suspected from her crazy eye as it is common in paints) So, best to avoid a sire who is also a carrier (25% chance of a non-viable foal born with both copies).
3) One allele for susceptibility to West Nile - no worries - I keep those vaccinations up to date :)
4) Some alleles present from a preliminary study on fertility with no effects.
5) Two vigilance loci (is that PC for "spooky"? LOL) also a preliminary study. She is a "middle distance runner"...time to add a song to her playlist LOL
Sea Wolf -- Middle Distance Runner - YouTube
...I've definitely seen her outrun Porsche (who comes from a sprinter-type family of racehorses), and girl is FAST...
I definitely learned a TON about Tesla, and would totally recommend for learning a bit more about your horse!