Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last of the Summer Wine

Early rising this morning, went out to feed mares and surprise...Stormy Weather was definitely in foal, but no longer. Believe this is a filly and was out with 6 mares and foals, just visiting with the herd. Brought the mare and foal in...snapped some photos, fed and watered mom and left them in for the day so little one could rest and bond with mom. Thinking of calling her: Toad Hill's Last of Summer Wine... last tv program I saw last night and she is the last foal for this summer.

Toad Hill's Last of the Summer Wine is the filly born to Stormy 7/31/2014.  AMHR registered. Mare is Toad Hill's Stormy Weather (AMHR-37") and sire is Lucky Four RebelChase RebelHeir (AMHA/AMHR).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building a Chariot Part II–Red Chariot

The photos that follow are of the second chariot built by Robert Enoch. The photos start with building the “cab” and then the undercarriage. Thanks to Robert for providing the photos and permission to post these.
GrayPrimerChariotREARTubNotice the holes in the front of this cab. These will connect the undercarriage to the front of the cab. GrayPrimerChariotTubFront view of same cab. Holes are visible in this photo as well.
LeftFrtTubSame cab painted. RedTubFrt

And close up of wheel.  I think I counted 16 spokes…

Looks simple, doesn’t it?  Before trying to build your own, I suggest you build a prototype first and then test it. You need to make sure the system is the correct dimensions, proper clearance below the cab, the wheels are the right diameter and the whole unit is well balanced.

 The rest of the story from Robert:

I used a smooth sided 55 gallon metal drum for the body. I'm not in the position to start building and selling a lot of these right now but may consider it for the future. 

I tried to find a good quality chariot for a mini online to purchase but didn't find any that I was happy with so I just decided that I want one and with my past profession skills to build my own, so here it is. 

As for the cost the most expensive thing on this build for us was the wheels. and I say us because I had support from my Girlfriend Missy to help me fund this project as well and she helped lend a hand upon final assembly. The rest would have been a bit costly to do all at once but we bought as I went through on the build and just got what I needed at the time. I haven't added up the cost of the build and yet I don't want to put a price on what it took it to be here today either at this time...Thanks for your inquiry! 

And I don't mind if you want to repost pictures of it and comment on it. I'm just not at the position at this point to start producing these as of yet..may consider it for the future though..

Building a Chariot Part 1–Blue Chariot

I saw these photos on Facebook, they were posted by Robert Enoch of Ohio. I appreciate that he has given me permission to post these images.
Let me introduce Robert Enoch. Jack of all trades from what I can see on FB. Genius with Chariots!!
Two views of the prototype chariot undercarriage.

Close up of undercarriage. Notice how long the bars holding the axles are. This is because the wheels that will be attached are (guessing) at least 28 inches in diameter.
BlueChariotSideViewThis is the side view of the chariot after assembled. This photo was added here, so the size of the wheel can be compared to the previous photo of the  undercarriage.

Notice that for added strength, there is what I think is rebar going from the supports for the axles to the front of the chariot.
Not only did Robert make the chariot, he also made the double tree and neck yoke. (My best guess is he bought the wheels.)

Double tree and neck yoke.
Assembled double tree and neck yoke.
Additional information from Robert.:
It took me a week in my spare time to hand make the tongue neck yoke and eveners. I cut out the general lengths and shapes with power saws hand saws then I shaved the wood into the final shapes I desired and sanded and applied the desired finish to the wood. Then I built the mast part of the frame for the tongue to attach firmly to the body and drilled it out for future shafts to be exchanged and bolted up.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Breeze's Filly Foaled 6/26/2014

Sure to remain small
Sire: Lucky Four RebelChase RebelHeir
Dam: Toad Hill's Summer Breeze

Sire: Lucky Four Rebelchase Rebelheir
Dam: Toad Hill's Summer Breeze

Toad HIll's Rainbow Starburst - Filly Foaled: 5/21/2014

AMHA/AMHR eligible. Believe to be LWO + but not tested. Looks buckskin, but will have to test for black, cream, LWO and maybe agouti?

Toad Hill's Rainbow Stafburst

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Toad Hill's Moon Lite - Colt Foaled: 5/25/2014

Sire: Foxfire's Picture Perfect
Dam: Toad Hill's She's Magic

Monday, May 26, 2014

Little Dove's First Foal - 5/23/2014

Pleased to announce the birth of a black pinto colt sired by Foxfire's Picture Perfect. His markings are very similar to Little Dove's, with no indication of LWO or sabino. I also wonder if this little guy has a CR gene in him since his upper thigh looks gray not jet black.

He was born just before 1 AM on May 25, Saturday on the lawn next to the gates where two mares with foals were pastured. That's where my grandson saw her when he came home. Little Dove then took the foal down to the barn and I found her in the same alley that Willow had her 2014 foal.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Toad Hill's Zipper - Foaled 5/25/2014

May 25, 2014

So this is Toad Hill's Little Zipper. She is just under 2 weeks old now (May 25, 2014) and you can already see she has attitude and spunk.

Below is the family portrait viewing from left to right:
Mom...Toad Hill's Wind in the Willows
Dad....Lucky Four RebelChase Rebelheir.

Also Willow has already been bred back to Rebel for a 2015 foal.

Foaled May 13, 2014.

Foal was born sometime at night in the alley between two buildings. The alley is 30 feet by 10 feet so plenty of room, but at one end is a horse panel with about 1 foot clearance below it. From the evidence of the after birth being in the alley and the foal in the adjacent stall this is what probably happened.
Mare foaled, foal was dried off and nursed, then lay down to sleep. When the foal got up, it rolled under the fence, up on the wrong side. Tried to get back to mom, jumped 1 1/2 feel jump into the adjacent stall and that is where I found her this morning.

One hour after finding the foal, and the after birth I decide everything looked good and let the kid out. They ran down to join ShowCase and her colt.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Foxfire ShowCase - Colt Foaled 4/29/2014

April 29, 2014
April 29, 6 am out feeding minis. Walked around the side of the house and see Tucker pulling something on the ground. At first I though it might be a large wild rabbit, but a little closer and I thought, no -- it looks like afterbirth. Rushed to be the back of the house and looked in the pen. There was Foxfire's Showcase with her new little colt.
Not yet named, but dry and walking around. That's the little kid peeking out behind Showcase.

I managed to coax them into the shed so they would not get wet. This evening I will put both of them in the barn to make sure the little kid stays dry and warm.