Monday, April 16, 2012

Little Stink's Big Escape

That is what I call Howdy, the "surprise" foal born on the ranch last July.

It's hard to believe he's weaned and will be turning one this summer! On Sunday, he escaped from the arena. We weaned him about a month or so ago. Now that the grass is growing, he's been leaning through and under the arena fence to get to it on the other side and somehow he got out.

Luckily he stayed out of the road and just ran towards the pasture with the herd (over 30 horses) in it....then he ended up at our house near Riley and Loretta's pasture. We were able to corner him and get him haltered.



Howdy getting walked by home by Ranch Boy and some friends....in the grass lane that runs between the county road and the herd's pasture. Look at all the oohs and ahhs and attention he's getting from the herd! See now why I call him Little Stinks? It's like they KNOW he's a little colt!

We moved him to the corral as the fencing is better there. I think he's lonely and I wish he had a youngster to spar with, he needs to be put in his place. I'm afraid he won't be very big. I'll be surprised if he makes it to 14 hands. But on the ranch, that is a great size for the kiddos that come and ride.

 

He is starting to shed out his winter baby coat and is getting darker around his eyes. I think he will be a lovely bay.  Notice that interesting whorl/cowlick smack dab in the center of his forehead!

 
Oh, he'll nip me for posting this one but this is his "cow" look shot.



To keep Howdy entertained in his corral I tossed in a large blue ball. Here is a video of him playing with it, he has quite the moves! He even scores a goal at the end (under the fence!)  Oh, and don't you think the Parelli's would be quite impressed with how I taught him to back up with the ball?

video


I just love watching him try to figure out where the ball went! I didn't get video of it this time around, but he will literally lay on top of the ball on his knees sometimes. It is quite odd. He also tries to bite it but can't get aahold of it. I think Howdy will be a lot of fun to start working with this summer.

After he's gelded.


Ranch Girl

9 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

He is a cutie! and wow he has some moves too! Check out my blog girl, you are a winner!

Desert Rose said...

Oh how cute!!! it's great for him to learn how to play with the ball...you could probably teach him some tricks with it too! Baby Alexander Brandy (at our stables) was just gelded at 4 months and will be weaned sometime this month! he was starting to bite and show more aggressive behavior than they wanted...so snip it was :(((
I was there just after the dirty deed and saw they vet tech ask where the garbage was ...and yes. throw them away!!!! Yikes..kinda freaked me out! I love Howdy's COWlick...it really gives him a uniuqe look!

Paint Girl said...

Howdy is cute...and a little stinker for escaping! I loved the video of him playing with the ball. That is so great for him!!

Chelsi said...

Oh so it IS a yearling thing (trying to escape!) Hola went under the fence twice (to another pasture not the busy road thank goodness)and so we rigged it so she couldnt go under... so the other day she decided to go OVER... she jumped it!!! I couldnt believe it! Stinkers! :)

Howdy does have some moves! You know, he looks like he might make a little cow pony maybe. They dont have to be big for that. Any ideas on who his daddy is?

I have been meaning to e-mail you about Loretta... I am just so sorry to hear what you have had to go through. It is a heart breaker that is for sure:( Maybe little Howdy will help to heal your heart a little... he looks pretty dang cute:)

C.

Crystal said...

Howdy sure is a cutie! Looks like he is having fun with his ball too

Stolpås Gård said...

He is so cute!
What a lovely blog you have! I will stop by again, surely!

/ Sandra from Sweden

Fantastyk Voyager said...

He looks like quite the character. I love the ball video- "where'd the ball go?"

baystatebrumby said...

You are REALLY living the ranch life. THIRTY HORSES? That sounds very exciting and awesome. I also love that there is a little guy with a darling little e circular cowlick who is also known (by some anyway hee hee) as Little Stink. Now that is hilarious! I can't stop giggling over that one. But boy is he cute. Like a kitten in horse form.

Farmchick said...

What a sweetie!! Hope you can stop on over and visit me...oh and you can also join my Friday picture linky party...you have great pictures to share!! :)