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WIW LEGACY OF CHOICE
WIW Legacy Of Choice made her initial appearance at 2:30 AM Saturday, August 26, 2006. For the second year in a row her mother, CaLo's Perfection, decided to deliver ten days early. Although Perfect Horse was able to let us know from her physical changes a year ago that a new baby was imminent within 24 hours, this year was a total crapshoot. After having checked Perfect Horse out on the evening of August 25, we concluded that delivery was at least several days away.
When we were awakened at 2:30 AM by a strange little baby whinny over the intercom, we thought we might just be dreaming. At 2:45 AM there was no mistaking the second whinny. The video camera in Perfect's stall confirmed the existence of a second body. As we hurried to put on clothes and get up to the barn as soon as possible, we forgot our camera to get initial baby pictures.
As we opened up the stall door, there was indeed a second body, and a spotted one at that. Baby already had its head raised as it issued a few more little whinnies to announce its arrival. Small by comparison to WIW Midnight Rythm, Perfect's 2005 foal, this one did not seem as ribby or as long-legged as it lay atop its sack still soaking wet. We rubbed it dry and, as always, took the wet towel with its birth smells around to the rest of the horses in the barn. As always, they were curious and friendly about the new arrival.
Without any intervention at all, the newcomer suddenly got up unassisted, cow-fashion, rear-legs first and walked with rather good coordination to her mother's hindquarters. We are used to seeing quite a few failures while a new foal learns to use its legs, but this little creature, all 38 inches, seems to be one of the most well-coordinated we have produced here at Windt im Wald Farm. Tom put his hand on the little one's head just once to insure contact with Perfect's udders. At that point we were not even sure if Perfect had viable milk because just six hours before, there had appeared to be no milk yet available. We watched as this sturdy little newcomer found the breakfast bar unassisted time after time.
By 3:15 we had ascertained that we had a spotted filly. More importantly, we were confident that this little lady was tough enough and smart enough to do what needed to be done-- a real survivor. We were back in bed within minutes, but we did not fall back asleep very instantly. We both scratched our heads about being fooled by Perfect, but we were grateful that we were around to pick up on any potential problems. Thank goodness that this new baby escaped any difficulties of birth! God is GOOD!
UPDATE: July 23, 2007. Nearly a year has passed. LC looks a little more Araby than she did a few months back. She is built quite sturdily and reminds us so much of WIW WINDYS CHOICE, both in temperament and in conformation. She has his rear end, rather than Perfect's. Her face is much more refined than we had hoped for, and again, she favors Choice rather than Perfect Horse in that regard.
Since Perfect Horse accepts all her babies back, even when they are over a year, we had to re-wean this girl. She finally knows she is growing up and is no longer her mama's baby.
LC is preparing to do a few halter classes between August and October. She has learned the set-up cue and is attentive here at home. The acid test will be when she encounters noise, confusion, and unfamiliar territory at the show grounds.
So far so good. Nice work, LC!!
AUGUST 18, 2007-UPDATE ON WIW LEGACY
At Windt im Wald Farm we are preservationist Arabian horse breeders. specializing in Crabbet/CMK bloodlines. We also provide Arabian horse training and riding lessons.
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