Iron Crest/Ashrokh Stud || Bonding || 13/08/'19 || Comments welcome
Boys will be boys
Sometimes we doubt it's wise to let our young horses share pastures together, especially the young stallions. Boy, can they be rough towards each other! So are IRCE Banaquiry and IRCE Kronos when they share their pastures. We were on the brink of seperating the two young stallions, luckily they started to behave when they saw us nearing the pasture gates and took of very quickly to graze on the other side. But, boys will be boys and as soon as we were turning around they happily continued with their "playing".
Barabro, father and his sons
IRCE Barbaro, a stallion dear to our hearts. He's one of the founding stallions of our dressage team. While competing at Grand Prix level for a while now, Barbaro has hit the 200 points mark being our first dressage stallion who achieved this.
Barabro has sired some offspring for us already, including our first home bred dressage horse IRCE Cernunnos. Barbaro is a stallion who we know will give great offspring as Uno has also reached the 200 point mark shortly after he himself did.
Sadly, he'll soon retire from showing and spend his days in the lush pastures and, just like Allemande, become one of our schooling horses for new riders. All of his other offspring which we have are still carrying on his legacy and will still be competing, with IRCE Alverdite who's his youngest filly starting her carreer soon!
IRCE Barbaro and Ashlee during their training in preperation of their last shows
From left to right; IRCE Bacardi and Anona, IRCE Barbaro and Ashlee, IRCE Cernunnos and Leeann.
From the day we introduced them to eachother, IRCE Corabella (sired by @Fernanda-Luchetta's stallion Fredrikelof's Exeter) and IRCE Alverdite (sired by our own stallion IRCE Barbaro) seem to get along very well. It's easy to say these two mares are best friends to each other. Even though they sometimes get in a fight (mares being mares?), we soon see them sharing food between the two of them.
And once again I try my hands at fully editing my pictures!
They are honestly a gorgeous duo. You've done such a great job on Corabella, I'm proud Exy keeps throwing out some pretty pons! And as I've told you quite a few times already, your photos looks just so nice - the lighting, contrasting tones and landscapes make them so unique. Also, let's just not talk about your editing... Great job, dear
Such gorgeous mares! I love the soft warm atmosphere of your pictures they’re always so pretty both unedited and edited
@Fernanda-Luchetta I'm super happy I had the oppertunity to use Exeter as her sire! I couldn't wish for a better looking filly. And thank you so, so much for the massive compliment! I'm slowly but surely trying to find my'own' editing and picture style. Again, thank you so much!
@Luna-Smit thank you Luna! They are absolutely the sweetest two mares together, well usually that is!
Soon it's time to start working with the new generation of youngsters. Between the usual time they still spend in the pastures, Alexandra, Bree, Jess and I work with them to get them to trust us and build a bond before we start breaking in. For Jess this is more nervewerecking than it is for us, since she started working at Iron Crest Jess made big improvements and has proven she is ready for a next challenge. I decided it was time for her to take on working with one of the youngsters, IRCE Tamarinda (Sire IRCE Indoctro). From the day she knew, and Tammy was weened, Jess has already spent a lot of time with her new companion! When she sees her, Tammy quickly moves to her stall door to greet Jess, which usually ends in a very nice bonding session between the two ladies.
Your pose looks adorable, Jill - and so does this photo. I also love the way you edited Tammy's mane there. I'll never get tired of seeing your photos
@Eva-Evans thank you Tammy is an absolute sweet heart
@Fernanda-Luchetta I'm so happy how it turned out the two of them are just an amazing pair, Tammy is the most curious and sweetest horse around. And she really sports her 'just-out-of-bed' look