Friday, February 25, 2011

A delightful addition to my workload...



Gaia, foal of Torrie and Paulo the Former Stallion from Hell, was born at 3 AM Thursday morning.  Perfect in every way.  Quite skiddish about people at the moment, but we expect her to be a total attention whore before much time has passed.

Welcome to the Gulch, G.

8 comments:

Big Wooly said...

Do you ride, Joel? I can't help but think that it would fit you in some weird post-apocalyptic western cowboy kind of way.

Rachel Ailin said...

So cute!

Anonymous said...

Great photos.
She is precious indeed.

Thanks Joel.


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Joe in Reno said...

Hey! Job security!!

Joel said...

I haven't ridden any horse for many years, and never was what you'd call an accomplished rider.

I've thought about keeping a horse for that purpose, if only because they don't require a driver's license and so far nobody's figured a way to tax them and screw a license plate to their ass. But watching this lot has reminded me how expensive they are to keep. The big advantages of a car are that it only eats when you ride it, it never expresses its own opinion about whether it should be ridden today, and when it gets sick you can sometimes doctor it yourself. Even just in the matter of food, here there's no grazing land at all suitable to horses so you have to buy every scrap of fodder. I can't afford horses myself, and doubt I'd keep them if I could. But I've given up making hard decisions as to what the future holds.

Jim said...

Thank you for the foal picture. I am such a sucker for them. Once I fell in love with the comliest little Appie anyone ever saw.

At the time, I had two Arabians and a wife and couldn't afford another mouth to feed without trading one of them off. The Arabs had seniority. So did my wife.

peregrin said...

Awwww...beautiful girl!

MamaLiberty said...

She's a doll, Joel. And yes, she'll be an attention whore at least. :)

Expensive? Oh yeah... Anyone who says they actually break even on raising horses - let alone make any profit - is a cross eyed liar. At least unless one has vast grasslands available without taxes.

I had American Quarter Horses for a while, but just couldn't manage the cost let alone the constant work.

But I still miss them 35 years later.