As requested, baby horse pictures. - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 14th, 2013
10:29 am - As requested, baby horse pictures.
I just got off the phone to a lady from the York Sub Aqua Club, who'd called me specifically to ask me more questions about Dad and his days of early SCUBA. I've sent her a bunch more photos and in turn, yesterday my copy of the BSAC 60th anniversary commemorative magazine arrived, resplendent with Dad and Prince Charles on the cover.
My Dad was better looking.
Also this morning, my copy of Until We Sleep arrived, freshly signed by the dude who voices Varric. Someone from DeviantArt was going to the Auckland Armageddon, and he offered to do it for me. That was awesome. ;-)
Now, to the cute pics!
Meet Stirling's Periwinkle Hightower Hero. In these pics he is 9 hours old, more or less. He doesn't look much like a high tower, or a hero. But his eyes are periwinkle blue..
He is also about 1.3m at the wither, which is large even for a Clydesdale foal. I find myself being all agog at the wonder of reproduction looking at these pics. This is something that never happens to me looking at human babies, not even my own. Although I sometimes feel astounded that something that grew that big came out of me. But I digress.
This mare was a rescue, and Sally has nurtured her for a couple of years now. She is ridden (although not right now obviously) and couldn't be loved more. I don't know the details of the stallion but this is one of those pedigree, quality jobs - hence the longwinded name.
Stud names are weird. It seems to me that if it starts with 'Stirling's' then the naming convention for Clydesdales is similar to that of quarter horses, which seems to have a possessive at the beginning. Other breeds, such as Arabs and Welsh, tend to put the name of the stud first, so if the stud was called PrettyHorseFarm, then the foal would be named PrettyHorseFarm Pretty Horse, or whatever.
And I'm guessing that the Periwinkle Hightower bit describes something about the foal's immediate family or bloodline. I see on google there's a Hightower Creek Clydesdale stud in the US, so maybe this foal has US bloodlines.
I've always been a fan of single-word names for horses myself, and as far as it goes I reckon Hero is a pretty good name for a horse. Hopefully he'll live up to it. Right now he's just a bundle of sleepy cute. I've been invited to go visit him when him and Mum come home from their holiday up the coast.
FOAL SNUGGLES YAY!
Speaking of studs and breeding, last night Dr Wheel and I watched The Genius Sperm Bank, a BBC documentary about Robert Graham. Robert, in a form of arse-backwards eugenics, thought that making it possible to select sperm from men with high IQs and great conformation would help 'save the human race'. The film was unintentionally hilarious and contained many many phrases that really ought to be sampled and played at raves. I thoroughly recommend it