Eamon's new colt
Our son Eamon recently purchased a stud colt, nine months old, with an eye towards putting more cutting instinct into our horse herd. Years ago, a friend of my father's gave him a stallion off the race track. Buddy had injured his foreleg, and was not sound enough to be raced, but still had the potential for a long, happy and fertile life. Buddy was related to horses that even I, a casual race fan, had heard of, like Native Dancer and Ruffian. He came to us without papers (but free!). Unlike some outfits, we have always ridden a lot of saddle mares (smart, hard-working) so we just bred Buddy to a few mares each year. A good many of the horses we ride today are his daughters and sons--mostly daughters because he threw more fillies. They inherited his speed and good disposition. If they were "cowy", they got it from their Quarter Horse moms.
Sadly, we lost Buddy a couple of years ago, after a long and happy life of hanging out with mares. Eamon did a lot of research and settled on this colt. He is a real cutie, is well bred and has a good disposition.
Eamon's new stud colt
Meeting the neighbor
photo by Sharon O'Toole