Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fun with Colors!

Hello all - this is an Akhal-Teke cross filly, by Magnatli out of a pure-bred Arab mare. She was foaled 1/25/09. Magnatli is a golden, golden buckskin. The Arab mare is a bright chestnut. The first picture is at about 1 week old. The second picture at about 2.5 months old. The last two pictures, rear, and front betweeen her dam and another mare, were taken last Friday, 5/22. Would anyone care to suggest what color she is? Her legs are pitch black, her mane and tail appear to be coming in black, and she has a black dorsal stripe. Her name is Merry Marvad and she belongs to my friend Cecelia Clark.
She is certainly "colorfun" I would say!
My own Magnatli filly, Gagatli, is the spittin' image of her dad - golden buckskin with his exact same markings. Someday I'll post some pictures :>)
P.S. Well, the pictures don't post in any kind of order, but it's obvious which is which. Adding pictures to your post isn't easy - try it :>)

Monday, May 11, 2009


Last week I took Aishet over to my trainers barn for some loose schooling over jumps. Aishet was lunged over jumps in Russia as a 3 year old before I bought and imported her so she has had a little experience jumping. As soon as I arrived at the barn we unloaded her and took her into the indoor arena, we decided to lunge her over the jumps the first time. She calmly stood while I put on the lunging halter. First comment from Robin was “wow, she’s a really good mover” as she trotted happily on the end of the line. We put up a small jumping grid and she trotted right over like an old pro so we raised the jumps a little at a time until she had a ground pole, little vertical, ground pole and larger vertical with a little stone wall underneath. She kept jumping and jumping, when she started to tire Robin said “whoa” but she only slowed down and went to the jump again. So Robin pulled the line to get her off the jumping line and she dragged him so she could jump again. At this point Robin and I were both laughing at her need to keep jumping. I said let her jump one more time and then let’s stop her. So around she goes one more time and after that she wanted to jump again so I said “WHOA” and she stopped right in front of the first jump, she looked at me and then jumped from a stand still. Now she is between the two jumps, she walks over the ground pole and sniffs the large vertical jump, again looks at me and then uses her front legs to knock the jump over and walk over the poles. Then she picks up the trot and takes the jumps again this time picking her way over the scattered poles on the ground. Robin and I had a good laugh at Aishet and her love of jumping, she was very happy with herself after showing off her jumping abilities. Robin and I decided Aishet is a good example of why the Teke’s would have made such a good war horse, they are smart enough to figure out a situation and get out of it safely and they are unstoppable.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Another Teke polo pony in the making

I recently sold Alykhat, my 3-yr-old filly by Gindarkh 13 out of a Mustang mare, to Texas, where she will learn how to be a polo pony. She will be joining Darkh Amber, also by Gindarkh 13, who I sold a year ago to the same woman, and in that year has gone from green-broke to now playing 4-goal polo. Brooks (their owner)is so impressed with how well Amber is doing, how quickly she learned and adapted to the game - not to mention how gorgeous she looks flashing around on the polo field - that she couldn't resist trying another one. I believe that Alykhat will be just as good, if not better. Both of them, Darkh Amber and Alykhat, both inherited their Akhal-Teke sire's agility and determination.

Hope everyone is having a beautiful spring - Shirley