Sunday, January 17, 2016

Two mini babies born within a week of one another. The first on was Winston, dam is Foxfire's Showcase. The second a filly, dam was Toad Hill's Wind, in the Willows, was foaled May 6. The sire of both is Lucky Four Rebelchase Rebelheir.
The little filly has a small white patch just above her left blue eye. More photos later.

April 30, 2015 Winston
Brace yourself...I have chosen a name to include in this little colts full name. Considering he was born just a few days before the Kentucky Derby and that the Duchess of Cambridge just had her baby (won't use Alice in his name) one component of the name will be Winston!! If you cannot figure out why the hint is that it may honor both events.

Winston Photos 2016

Colts photos 2015 below:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Toad Hill's Capt Jack Pharoah

Foaled June 2, 2015
Early post on Facebook

Sire: Lucky Four RebelChase RebelHeir (AMHA/AMHR)
Dam: Mini Bucks Chasing Rainbows (AMHA/AMHR)
Okay so I have been a little lazy. Pharoah is AMHR and pending on AMHA. 
I have not yet pulled hair for DNA so it will happen when the farrier comes next visit...end of Jan/Feb.  Considering registering in pinto as well if I decide to keep him and show him myself.

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She's Magic- Delivered New Foal

Toad Hill's She's Magic with 2015 filly,
 Toad Hill's Halley's Surprise
Foaled September 16, 2015

Above and to taken 11/2015

September 16, 2015

While Toad Hill'is She's Magic was away for training down in Sullivan, Illinois ... early in the morning (6 am) I heard the phone ring. Now a call that early is usually considered bad news, I answered the phone and it was Amanda. Amanda is training Magic for driving, so I said hello and next thing out of my month was: "What's wrong?"
Amanda said no problem, just she was out with the minis in the pasture and there was Magic with a foal by her side. Now THAT WAS Totally UNEXPECTED!!!

Photos taken at 5 days old.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Toad Hill's CJ

New baby number 2 was born today! -  CJ May 6, 2015
Dam: Toad Hill's Wind in the Willows
Sire: Lucky Four Rebelchase Rebelheir

Has blue eyes!!

Will probably mature at 37 (most likely) -> 38

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Walk in the Park . Dec. 13, 2014

Debbie Tennant owns Tall Oaks Farms and has a number of miniature horses and a team of Halfingers. During the Christmas season she participates in Christmas Parades and also gives evening rides in the area. For the past three weekends she has given wagons rides at Blue Island, Wilmington, IL. Of the horses in these photos four of the six are from Toad Hill Minis. Debbie also has three others that rotate depending on the number of wagons and carriages she takes to these events.

Toad Hill's Baldrige Award (left) and Lincoln Award (right)

 Walking Baldrige to load.
 Toad Hill's Paint Me Picasso (black/white) and Toad Hill's Lincoln Award (sorrel pinto)

At the Wilmington, IL  Blue Island Park.

 All loaded and ready to go.

The lineup before harnessing the miniature horses.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last of the Summer Wine

More photos

Update Photos: August 26, 2014
Below Summer Wine is hot and sweaty, but it is 95 degrees outside and she is still having fun running around
 Here Summer Wine and Ne'vi near the tree and Tucker just hanging out.


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).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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.

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.  The rest would have been a bit costly to do all at once but I 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..