Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Here is "The Grinch" at about 32 hours old.
Here's the link to Smart Stinger, The Grinch's Sire.
This is the link to The Grinch's Grandpa, Color Me Smart. He is a VERY FAMOUS Paint stallion.
This is Spider Boy. He was born completely deformed. He could barely walk. With each step, his legs would fold over and almost collapse. I emailed video and pictures to the vet and he told us this was contracted tendons from his position in the womb. I didn't believe him. I thought Spider Boy was deformed in the bones and would need to be put down. Spider was in such misery, we did almost put him out of it. But after a week, we noticed that if Spider Boy was laying down and then got up, he looked a little less crippled. He would walk a few strides and then start to collapse again. Each time we saw him, he would walk a few more "normal" strides then the last time before crippling up. After about three weeks, Spider Boy had stretched out those tendons completely and now, you can't tell him from the others. I'm sure it was a painful process, but he struggled through it and now is a healthy happy calf. He'll never know how close he came......
Monday, April 28, 2008
Why "The Grinch" you ask? Well, Cindy's full name is "Cindy Lu Who" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For two years ClaireAnna has planned to name Cindy's foal, "The Grinch" if it was a boy. Well, she got her boy and can you believe he has a Grinch right on his face?! Look at the blaze. I'll be darned if it's not a Grinch with the hat flopped forward just like this picture from the book!
A special and sincere thank you to Gary and Jolene Epperson, owners of Smart Singer, The Grinch's sire. Thank you so much for working with us and helping to make ClaireAnna's dream come true! She is thrilled!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Video of the Poles class. ClaireAnna didn't place high in the speed events since she was only walking and trotting, but she had a blast, did all her patterns correctly and actually loped Missy home one time. Her first lope EVER! She was SO proud of herself!
Video of trail class. For some reason, (maybe Claire was cuing with the wrong leg?) Missy moved away from the mailbox instead of towards it. Claire got 4th place in this class.
Video of Walk/ Trot. Claire and Missy won first place.
Friday, April 18, 2008
She recorded her voice on a little disc and stuffed it inside the Cheetah along with a little red heart.
She helped pump the stuffing into Cheetahs body......
Here is Cheetah, all stuffed.
She had to try on the outfit she picked out to make sure it would fit.....Then she picked a name and entered it into the computer to create a birth certificate.....And here is ClaireAnna and "Princess" outside Build-A-Bear - new best friends.
Afterwards, we all went to Red Lobster for a delicious lunch. Happy Birthday Claire!
Way to go, Jes! We are so proud of you. We will miss you every single day. But we are happy that your dreams are coming true and that you have gotten such a good start in life. You are doing GREAT! Your dad and I thank the Lord daily for the blessing of you for a daughter. We love you.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Poor fat girl! We haven't seen Cindy run in quite awhile now. She is just bulging with foal. And is getting edema along her belly and chest. It probably doesn't help that she is fat with fat too...but she gets no grain, even while pregnant. She needs only hay to keep her fat and healthy. It is quite sad during graining time when she has to be tied up and the other horses get to eat. Poor Cindy. We'll give you a treat of grain after your baby is born!
Cindy has made a beautiful bag and it is starting to leak, an indication she's getting close! Check back in a couple of days for pictures of the foal and a full report!
We always have the holidays at the Eoff's. (Our house is just too small) There is usually enough food to feed 20 extra people and this year was no exception - ham, roast beef and lots of sides and desserts. Here are the girls getting ready to hunt eggs: Kaylee, Cianna and ClaireAnna with Levi's face stuck in the middle.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Much to our surprise, ClaireAnna decided to sing a song for a 4-H talent competition. She chose the song from the ones her homeschool music class is singing for their spring concert. She practiced and practiced and was determined to get it right. And she was perfect!
Oh, and she also danced with her best little 4-H friend, Dayna.....they were adorable. We are shocked to have a Harmon child that WANTS to perform! But delighted too!