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Number three

Posted on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Completely in over my head now, we've had the first of three completely unplanned foals arrive. He's exceptionally cute, and i've called him Caiseal (pronounced cashel). Keziah is the perfect maiden mare and is looking after him brilliantly.

Cash will be for sale at weaning as a gelding. He'll be registered pastbred.

New friends

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 3:55 AM

Floyd is growing up

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:50 AM

Young Floyd had some big shoes to fill. We lost our beautiful stallion MacAdie to a horrible paddock accident in March this year. It's still exceptionally painful to think about. Looking at how Floyd is growing out, we think he will be able to step into Stallion duties when he's older. He carries great bloodlines. His sire, Rosemarkie Archer, is by Fourmerk Royla Scott (Imp) and dam, Staffa, is from Currie Park Stud in Western Australia and carries pretty much all of the original Australian lines. He's a really nice guy as well. With luck he'll be as exceptionally quiet and kind as his sire.

Another one hits the ground

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:40 AM

The second foal for 2019 was born on Friday 16 August. Another filly for Adie. First foal for Rosedene. This one will be named Dungarron McNeill. Paddock name Maggie. Named for a long term friend of the family.

Welcome little Ruby

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:10 AM

One of Adie's last foals has arrived a little early. but safe and full of sass. We've called her Dungarron Roisin, but her paddock name is Ruby. She's bold and friendly and growing like a weed. She's out of out lovely paint mare, River.

Dry autumn, Pretty ponies

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:05 PM

It's been a hot summer, and now a dry - very dry - autumn. There's a lot of feed being put into some ponies, but the big mob of mares on the creek seem to be fat on thin air. They come and watch every morning / afternoon at feed times. They are generally disappointed. 

Floyd has arrived

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:35 PM

On Monday 12th February we were blessed with a lovely colt by Sue Jarman's Rosemarkie Archer out of our lovely Currie Park Staffa.

I've started an album of photos on the Photo Gallery page,

Floyd will be a keeper, and we'll run him on to see if he'll be stallion material as he is completely unrelated to any of the mares we have here. Fingers crossed.

Tain's been weaned

Posted on October 21, 2017 at 2:35 AM

Tain was properly weaned last weekend. He's had Ghillie as a companion for the last month - someone to play with, and someone else to help teach manners and boundaries. I couldn't be more pleased with this cross and how he's grown out.

These photos were taken last weekend.

Colour testing

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 3:10 AM

I've had nearly all of the ponies colour tested now, their results are on each pony's profiles. This helps clarify what the ponies colours actually are, and helps predict the colour possibilties for future foals. 

Here's some information from the Practical Horse Genetics colour test returns, that may help make the letters make a bit more sense.

E/e = extension - in it's simplest form, this is the basic red or black base colour every horse has.

"Most horses are chestnut, black or bay/brown. Many other unusual coat colours come about when these basic colours are modified. Just two genes control these basic coat colours.

The extension gene (MC1R) controls the production of red pigment (i.e. to produce the chestnut coat colour) vs black pigment (i.e. to produce black or bay/brown coat colours). If your horse or pony is bay/brown or black, you will need to use genetic testing to determine whether they have one vs two copies of the version of this gene that produces black pigment."

A/a = agouti - a basic explanation is this is what restricts black to the points (makes a black horse bay.

"Agouti (ASIP) is the bay factor gene, which can restrict black pigment to the points. If your horse is chestnut or a colour based on chestnut such as palomino, you will need to use genetic testing to find out which versions of this gene your horse has inherited. If your horse is bay or a colour based on bay such as buckskin or bay silver, you will need to use genetic testign to find out how many copies of this gene your horse has inherited."

D/d (d1/d2) = dun (and non-dun / countershading) is a modifier that dilutes the coat colour, and causes dun factor - dorsal stripes, masks / cob-webbing, leg and shoulder barring etc.

"The dun coat colour in horses dilutes both red and black pigment by limiting the distribution of pigment granules to a small part of the hair shaft. This dilution is accompanied by darker undiluted markings that can include a dorsal stripe (most commonly), leg barring, dark ear tips, and shoulder bars. The face and points of dun horses are also usually darker than their bodies.

In contrast, the coat colour and markings associated with d1 reflect what is commonly referred to as counter-shading.These horses are expected to have a dorsal stripe and possibly other markings usually associated with dun. Horses that are positive for d1 but not dun are NOT dun."

Gr/gr = grey

"Horses and ponies that carry the gene variant that causes greying with age are special. They go through a beautiful range of shades on their way to becoming completely white or flea-bitten grey, but they also have a high risk of developing melanoma.

Genetic testing can confirm whether your horse has the gene variant that causes greying with age and increases susceptibility to melanoma."

Highland Ponies can also carry the silver gene, but as we don't have any silvers in Australia, i haven't bothered testing for it. Purebred Highlands don't carry any other modifying genes (cream / pearl / champagne) or any of the white pattern genes.  

Our 2017 partbred colt foal was tested for white pattern genes, as his dam is a Paint Horse, who clearly exhibits white patterning. Tain was found to carry one copy each of both overo and sabino - which is why he looks white. He's basically on big white spot, with his bay base-colour restricted to his ears and a few small patches on his body. 

New photos Tain and the others ...

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 2:40 AM

New photos in the gallery section ... some of Tain in his album, and a new album with some of the other ponies taken recently.