Friday, May 30, 2008

Hello all

Well, breeding season may be just beginning for Cathy in Washington, but for me, in Florida, it is now over. Magnatli has gone home to Michigan, and I miss him terribly. He is a wonderful horse - a joy to be around and work with and a marvel to watch and admire. I can't wait to hear from Anne-Marie how his trick training goes - he is a star in the making, I'm sure. Luckily for me I will have 3 little golden Magnatlis arriving next spring - 1 in February and 2 in March. It will be interesting to see what colors I get - the mares are 1 bay, 1 buckskin, and 1 palomino. I suppose I could possibly get a perlino or a cremello, which I would love to have, but I wonder how it would handle the Florida weather?

Fat Albert (the pig) also misses Magnatli badly and suffered a near disaster because of it. He was rooting up and down the fence line where Magnatli used to be - well, Albert has tusks (I guess that's what you call them) - and I kept hearing this strange, muffled sort of screaming - looked all over the place, and finally saw Albert thrashing around by the fence. Poor boy had gotten his tusk caught in the fence wire (non-climb wire) and he couldn't get loose. Had to get the big wire cutters to get him out. He was none the worse for wear, but I have noticed that he doesn't root close to the fence line any more!

Hope everyone is enjoying lovely springtime weather and having fun with their horses.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Golden Boy comes home.

Magnatli has returned home from his winter vacation in Florida with Shirley at Triple S Farm where he enjoyed Florida sunshine and lots of girlfriends. He arrived in style late Thursday night and the van driver had nothing but good things to say about him. She said he traveled great with no complaints and ate and drank everytime she offered. Of course after spending a week traveling thru Russia to get to Amsterdam a little 30 hour ride from Florida is no big deal to him, he just goes with the flow. I have made arrangments for him to go into trick training later in June, and he will also learn to drive this summer.

Salam will start to go out today in a small paddock on sedation just in case he is a little too fresh from his 6 months on stall rest. Poor fellow, he has been so good thru it all. His dragging of the back feet has gotten better though a long road to recovery is ahead still.

Foals are growing and healthy. Aishet has really blossomed since having her filly, she has the most beautiful metalic bronze coat with dapples. It is very hard to capture on camera but I will keep trying.

Metman is comming home this week to breed Aishet and maybe Daga and then he is off to Chicago for another jumper show June 6 - 23rd.

Freedom Run Farm

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Getting Ready for our next ride

It's another wet, rainy day out, so I'm in front of the computer again. I'm counting down to my next 50 mile ride, next weekend (May 30th) at Klickitat, somewhere in Washington. I've been told it's gorgeous trails and I'm really looking forward to it. We've been out conditioning, doing lots of hill work and trying different things with the saddle. I guess I'll find out if I'm doing my homework correctly at the ride. Galen is looking good, putting on muscle and maybe a little bit of extra weight, which is a good thing as he is most definitely a very slender guy naturally and by the end of a ride he looks, well, a bit alarming. I know that most of it is water, but still...

Breeding season is coming very soon- I usually start much later than a lot of folks, as we don't have futurities to worry about and the weather is SO much better for the foals in June or July. Khan (my stallion) thinks we could start a lot earlier. One sort of negative result is that my mares are due in June or July, which really could put a cramp in my ride schedule. Oh well! By the time they're on the ground, the mud should be pretty much dried up and the grass is well grown.


A beautiful day in the Sandhills

Monday we took some horse schooling crosscountry. It was my boy's, Ginseng, second time out and he did not look at anything. He jumped everything he was pointed at with out question and had no trouble at the bank either. I was so proud of him. I should note that I was not the one riding him. I've got a high school girl doing the jumping on him. Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Sandhills of North Carolina. We are blessed with the Moss Foundation about 20 minutes from the barn. It is 400+ acres of pine forest that have been established and maintained for equestrian use only, no motorized vehicles, no dogs, no bikes. The loudest sound is a woodpecker. Some friends of mine and I trailered down and rode during the late morning. The horses really enjoyed getting out of the ring and doing/seeing something different. What a beautiful day! - Posted by Mindy

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Darkh Amber update

Hello everybody,

Just passing on to you all the recent comments of the new owner of Darkh Amber:"Amber is great, she is now being singled on the polo field for twenty minutes of cantering a day. She really likes it, and doesn't act like a green horse. My groom characterizes her as "noble".

I like it!"Maybe Amber will convince more people in the polo world to take a closer look at Akhal-Tekes. They are certainly a multi-talented breed!


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hi everyone,

I thought I would give everyone a quick update on what Metman is up to. He is traveling to Lexington Kentucky next Tuesday May 13th for the Kentucky Spring Classic Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. He will be jumping on Wednesday 5/14, Thursday 5/15, and Friday 5/16. I am not sure of the class numbers yet. If anyone wants to come watch send me an email and I'll get the specific info to you email: In June he is off to Chicago and July is By the Bay show in Travers City Michigan. Then he is off until November when he goes to Atlanta Georgia.

All is well at home with the Teke tribe. The foals are growing and so much fun to play with. Samaddin (Magantli x Sakinate) is turning gold like his dad. Salam is still on stall rest. For those of you who have not heard, he broke his neck in January by sliding into a corner post out in the field. His spirits are up and he is very content gazing out his stall door out to the mares. I have never had a horse that has taken his stall rest with so much grace and patience, must be that Teke blood.

I have included two pictures of our little darlings, filly Azmele pictured running (Metman x Aishet) and colt Samaddin (Magnatli x Sakinate) both are Arab line. I have posted more pictures on my website and I am working on getting everyone pedigree pages up including pictures of ancestors.

Freedom Run Farm

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hello All

Hello all

These last few weeks have been horrible for the horse world - the disasters at the Rolex, and the tragedy at the Kentucky Derby. And then in our own small group two of our members are still fighting disasters with their horses - one involving a wonderful Akhal-Teke stallion, and the other involving two Akhal-Teke mares (in separate incidences). But so far, to my knowledge, these 3 brave horses are still with us, and they actually now number 4 since one of the AT mares managed to produce a live, healthy, bucking and kicking filly - a miracle foal! So hopefully we are now all in an upswing! The owners of the horses will tell us more about these events, I'm sure, when they have time to write.

Fortunately the coin has "another side", and Saturday brought very good luck to another one of our members. Her 2-yr-old Akhal-Teke colt won First Place - the Gold - at a Warmblood inspection. I'm sure this owner will let us know more about this when she has a moment.

As for Triple S Farm in Florida - the weather is warming up and it will soon be Hot! Magnatli will be leaving for home in Michigan the middle of this month - I'm really going to miss him. And so will Fat Albert (the pig), I'm sure. Just this morning we had another episode involving them. Usually, when they are nose-to-nose they make no noise other than snuffling. This morning, for some reason, Albert grunted (Oink!) - well Magnatli jumped straight up about a foot on all fours - he looked like a little lamb or kid when they hop around - but he didn't panic, he just landed and looked thru the fence for Albert. But Albert had left the territory - he was the one who got scared!

'Bye now - Shirley

The Toughness of Tekes

As a long-time breeder, trainer, and rider of the Akhal-Teke, I tend to take for granted those things about them that are so intrinsic that they tend to be overlooked and overshadowed by their more-visual traits. Such things as courage, fortitude, and intelligence, even in the face of dire situations.

This past weekend, I was once again overwhelmingly reminded why I love this breed of horse, and largely for those qualities I just listed. Our purebred mare Gozakhal, on Day 337 of a textbook pregnancy- fat, serene, and glowing with health, developed a uterine torsion between my last night check at 4:30 Sunday morning and her morning feed at 8:30 AM. For the non-breeders reading this, this means that she flipped her uterus over with the foal still inside, an incredibly painful and dangerous situation and the dread of breeders. While in obvious pain and distress, Gozi was instantly calmed by seeing me and trusted that I would fix her situation. Incredibly stoic, she allowed the vet to palpate her to confirm my suspicion, and then calmly walked onto the horse trailer without even a moment's hesitation for her ride to the surgery clinic. I rode with her in the trailer to keep her company and to ensure she did not try to lie down- indeed, she never budged all the way there.

While she was being prepped for surgery, catheterized and sedated, her belly was shaved and ultrasounded, sadly, the vet was not able to find the foal's heartbeat. In-utero foals can be very compromised by a uterine torsion, and it appeared ours was- regardless, I wanted to save my mare. She went quickly into surgery, and I went to pace in the office. While peeking through the tiny crack left open in the observation window, I was able to see her head showing from under her surgical shrouds, I have assisted before in a colic surgery so I was somewhat familiar with the routine; however, watching it happen to your own horse is quite different. With a mixture of sadness and relief, I saw them bring in the hoist to pull out the foal, since it was heavy enough that it couldn't be lifted by the vets. I saw the foal being pulled up by it's hind ankles and then retracted into the induction room, then, suddenly all hands in the room, save the surgeon who was still diligently working on Gozi, ran into the other room and out of my range of sight. Then, to my complete shock and utter amazement, one of the surgical team stuck their head through the door and said, "It's a filly, she's alive and already trying to get up ! Would you like to come and see her ? "

The filly had a heartbeat when they got her out and with an oxygen feed, was gaining strength as she came out of the surgical anesthesia she received through her umbilical cord. At less than 30 minutes old, she was up and walking and searching for something to eat !! Gozi came through the surgery well and while shaky on her feet, was brought into her recovery stall to meet her daughter. She was a bit taken aback to see a foal she didn't remember giving birth to, but within 30 minutes, filly had latched on nursing and mother and daughter were firmly bonded.

Gozi not only had no complications from her ordeal, but was doing so well she was able to come home from the hospital that Thursday, 4 days after her C-section !! She continues to be healthy and strong, although distressed at her mandatory stall rest. The vets were concerned that the filly might show dummy foal symptoms due to her rough start, but she never did and is strong, feisty, and perfect, and already growing like a weed. Very few uterine torsions end with such a happy ending, the fact that Gozi was already 337 days and the foal was mature enough to survive outside the mare if she made it through the torsion, was the key to our success. Knowing also that the torsion had happened in that one 4-hour period, we were able to feel fairly confident that we caught it as early as possible. The vet feels the foal was turning in preparation for birth in the next few days, and Gozi rolled one way while the foal was rolling the other.

Looking at my healthy pair, I am so thankful that I chose a breed with such courage, strength of will, and just sheer toughness. Gozi never complained, gave up, or quit trying, and neither did her foal. She is still as implacably solid as ever, and will hopefully go on and contribute those invaluable traits to future foals after a well-earned year off.

Pictures to come soon,
Central Asian Equines

The unknown Teke person

Hi all,I am kind of the unknown Teke person so I thought I'd speak up. I have been interested in the Akhal Tekes for the last 5 years. The long and short story is that I met some memorable people, saw some awesome horses made wonderful new friends, and have been involved ever since. In 2004 I bred my Arabian mare to the wonderful Gindarkh 13. That gave me a terrific filly that just recently sold to a wonderful show home She is currently bred to my purebred Akhal Teke, Garzhan (Gindarkh 13 X Gozakhal), as is her 31/32 Arabian pasture mate the sabino pinto mare Rave.

The pictures are sort of out of order but the first is the Arabian pinto I just mentioned, Rave, due in the next couple weeks and bred to Garzhan. It is a second foal for her and she is said to be homoqygous for color so we'll all be interested to see is we get an Akhal Teke sport horse with pinto markings!
Rave is also for sale and could be sold and bred back to Garzhan if desired.

The second picture is the filly by Gindarkh 13 X Elskova. Elmydam (Ellie) is standing in the front and is actually a frosted bay (gray on bay) color and will probably always be that color as she does not seem to change from year to year. The horse behind her is her 1/2 brother from Asgard, named Elektric (Statistic X Elskova).

The third photo is Elskova an Asgard Arabian and anyone around here who knows anything about endurance knows
Asgard Arabians, breeder of the number one Endurance horse, Heraldic.
Elskova has produced 6 purebred Arabian foals for Asgard and all are endurance horses. Since then she has produced
3 Akhal Teke Sport Horse foals for me
and is due July 4 with her 10th foal and 4th AT Sport horse foal. The
foal in the picture is her 3rd AT Sport horse foal, Elviis (Mergen X Elskova).

In February I picked up a horse I am leasing from April Pruente, Amarylis.
A lovely buckskin mare bred by Tito
Pontecorvo. Amarylis settled in nicely, is enjoying the new grass, and will be bred to Garzhan in the near future for my first purebred Akhal Teke foal. I will send in more news as it comes.

Thanks All,
Becky Supinger
Spiritwood Farm