Monday, May 28, 2007

Shedding Out

Quiet Storm is having a good time playing in the pasture! She's nearly shed out, a bit of dark hair is still left on her neck and she's still a wee fuzzy. But over all, she's looking pretty sleek, showing off her cavalry horse heritage in good looks.
She'll never be very tall, I don't think; lucky to make 14 hands at this rate.
One can never tell for certain, of course. She's just two, and the bulk of the growing tends to be done between two and three. Still, she's never gone through that gangly stage, instead always looking like a scaled down horse. Plus, she's got a very short back. At this stage of the game, I'd expect more length if she were going to shoot up. She stands just over 13 hands right now.
Er...below? No, Darling isn't thinking of leading a parade. This is the 'behind the scenes' shot. Quiet Storm would just stand around all day and barely move if she didn't have a little inspiration! Darling makes a great assistant, marching and racing back and forth behind me with that long piece of fabric. Not that Quiet Storm was frightened, she just took it as her cue to race around and play in front of the camera!


Molly said...

She's such a beauty. And so is Darling. I don't think my 2 year old filly will get much more than 15 hands, if even that. I'm happy to hear they should grow the most between 2 and 3 years. I keep pouring the nurtients into her for solid bone growth. What are you feeding Quiet Storm these days? I could use some advice.

Molly said...

Thanks for the info on your feeding. When I bought Bella last year and looked at her hay I wasn't sure she could get the nutrients she needed to reach her potential. The hay down here is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful. So, I started with the extra daily bucket. That gave us a good bond and some added vitamins to her diet. Her coat is wonderful and quite different than any of the other barn horses, and I give credit to the suppliments and the flax seed I add daily. I'm going to the US tomorrow for the weekend and planning on getting to my feed store so I can talk with the manager about looking for a new feed. I'll let you know what I switch to.

Esther Garvi said...

Wow, she's a beautiful horse! Are you keeping her?