Saturday, October 18, 2008

Boones Buckeroo Fancy Pants

I have been asked by some: "Who was the other school bus?" If you have been reading this blog you may recall that Phantom was the mini that worked last winter as a "school bus" for some little Amish kids taking them back and forth to school two days a week. He would travel 2 miles each way, a 20 minute trip, twice a week. The other two days were Fancy Pants' responsibility. I have watched Fancy Pant pull a cart and he is a high stepping, traveling machine!! It is amazing to watch these kids with their minis. The kids ( a boy and two girls not one of them weighing more than 60 pounds or taller than four feet) swarm around the horse, hooking him me, walking him around, and the boy even loaded him into the trailer.

Surely someone would like to have him for showing in driving classes and of course using him as a stallion. Right now he is in with three mares, Toad Hill's Kiss Me Kate, Klavohan's Oreo Delight and Toad Hill's Buttermilk for 2009 foals at my place. Fancy was bred to one mare in Tuscola, IL and produced a blue roan colt out of a AMHR mare.

Fancy Pants is a blue roan and based upon what I have read on other sites, some may also say he is a blue roan bay. (I always thought bay was brown with black highlights, but what do I know?) I took these photos Memorial Day out in the field. The neck was clipped several weeks ago just so I could confirm his true color behind the winter coat. As you can see, he is shedding out and is a blue roan with black legs, mane and tail. Right now he is a little out of shape...or should I say a little over weight as the hips and neck would attest to. But he is now on a proper diet but still getting some exercise so in a month or so I have should have him looking very good.

Fancy Pants is offered for sale at $3,500 or BO. He is both AMHA and AMHR registered. I am working on getting him DNA qualified so that the foals he sired for me are dual registered too.

New photo added...taken June 20th...Fancy is slowly getting trimmer, have not used a neck sweat on him but now at show weight.

In the summer of 2008 a blue roan colt

Just for information, I am the registered co-owner of Fancy. I am not acting as an agent to sell this horse.


Dam: A A Fancy Girl 27.5"
I have added a link to his sire for reference.
Fancy was only bred once in 2007. See his 2008 colt.

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Rosie

The kids were out today, a really sunny day. Rosie is in front. Slate is behind, and behind Slate is Stetson (my monster mini-- he's about 40 inches tall).
To the right of Rosie is Link.

Rosie is a lot smaller than Lincoln. With all her winter coat you can barely tell she has a palomino color under all that cremello coat.
Rosie looks solid cremello in most of the photos I have now that she has her winter coat. I tried clipping her head to show off the medicine hat.

The foal photos do not really show off Rosie's color so I have included one of her when she was younger.

Rosie has a medicine hat (but her ears are cremello), color around the sides of her muzzle, and from her neck down to between the front legs. Unfortunately with her fur now, you really can't tell the color from the cremello base. Her mom is behind her (Toad Hill's High Octane) who is a solid.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Take A Look - ConsiderBlog for Website

I know that some of you find the idea of maintaining a website a daunting one. I used to create web pages the old fashion way, HTML in notepad. Even taught how to do it.
But now there is an easier way. You can put it on for free. (I have no connection with them, do not get anything other than I have my blog there).
With a little bit of money you get it customized with a hand drawn header, use you own web site name (not like and loose all the bloggity elements you want.
Check out some of the blogs that NW designs has created...prices are low and really worth the money. There is no hassle, all the prices are right on the blog.
If you can post ads on lilbeginnings you can create your own web site, it is super easy.
For example, the web address has a customized little horse head, NW did that, the menu options below the header, NW did that too.
I decided what to put in the menu beneath my header, and decided that I also wanted the labels on the left side.

Obstacle, Driving

I have never seen the Obstacle, Driving class before watching it on the Internet. It must take a great deal of dedication, practice, and patience to train a driving horse to successfully compete in this event.
I have uploaded an example of the obstacle, driving. I tried adding some music to this one. Hope it works okay. the obstacle where the cart wheel has to stay in the hula hoop while the cart does a 360, and also the back up throw the parallel bars. Those are just two of the challenges in this course.

If you have the time and want to see another great demostration of what miniatures can do, go to Kateland Farm and watch the Kateland Farm Drill Team!!! 
(scroll down the page on the link below)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Obstacle, Halter

Don't know about you, but I did not get to Nationals (2008) but still found that it was on the web. I managed to watch the Halter Obstacles and Driving Obstacles and was quite impressed. For those of you who are not familar with this class, I did capture some video. Hopefully it will work for you and you can see what is involved.

Obstacle rules are in the AMHR rule book, page 266 and can be found at:

Direct Excerpt from the Rule Book below:
Part 20 – Obstacle Halter/Driving
A. The obstacle course must be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Horses must be at least one year old for halter obstacle and three years old for obstacle driving. An exhibitor may not show before a Judge in classes where he/she (the exhibitor) has designed the course in that class. A horse can only be shown by one exhibitor per class. All obstacles must be numbered on the course in order of sequence.
B. Classes will be judged 100% on the manner of horse’s performance through the course.

C. There is a sixty second time limit to complete each obstacle. After time is used, the exhibitor will be directed to the next obstacle. Refusals of three (3) obstacles shall be cause for disqualification.
D. Cantering is penalized in obstacle driving.
E. Obstacle requirements:

1. Must be a minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 obstacles.
2. Tires and stair steps are prohibited.
3. Jumps are prohibited.
F. In shows where more than one obstacle class is offered, at least three of the obstacles must be different or the manner of performance through obstacles must be varied for the class.
G. Edible treats to encourage an animal to perform one of the obstacles are not allowed.
H. All obstacles should be safe for exhibitors as well as for horses.
I. Off course will result in elimination from the class and no points, ribbons or awards will be presented.
Off course is defined as:
1. Taking an obstacle in the wrong direction.
2. Negotiating an obstacle from the wrong side.
3. Skipping an obstacle unless directed by Judge.
4. Negotiating obstacles in the wrong sequence.
5. No physically moving, or coercing the horse by touching. It is to be the Judge’s discretion to disqualify. Attendants 16 years of age and older, may be allowed in the ring during Youth Halter Obstacle for safety purposes only. Attendant must not interfere with or influence individual’s or equine’s performance.
6. Miniature leaving the obstacle course.
J. Driving obstacle horses shall be shown in a suitable two-wheeled cart with basket.

Reference Only (Sire Fancy Pants)

For reference purposes I have included this blog entry.
Fancy Pants' sire is
Boones Little Buckeroo Megabucks owned by Westwind Miniatures. I used a photo right off Westwind's website, and I hope that Karen will not mind. She always has the most beautiful horses, does great at the shows, and has always been most helpful at the shows. Take time to go to her website and check out her horses too.

Photo below:

~1996 31.25" blue roan ~
sire: Boones Little Buckeroo, dam: Dell Teras Penny