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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Happy Birthday Carmen

Carmen is 6 years old today. 

Carmen as a baby. How adorable is this? 
She's definitely growing up.
look at her compared to her dam in size! 
 PRE horses mature a little more slowly. She starting to fill out. She should be done by the time she's 7.

From April 2015

I can definitely see a change in her- she's filling out and graying out quite a bit. I love her dapples and wish that they would stay!  It's hard to tell but she's more muscle and bone then before. 
February 2016. (There's no snow now)

I find her to be much more mature- less like a hormonal teenager and more like a young adult. Of course that may all change once she starts her heat cycles. Diet probably plays a role too- I have her on a high fat and fibre diet and no grain. 

She's definitely braver than last year. For example, yesterday I took down the snow fence. I took out the shorter one first and they were in their field. When I went to get the longer Irish and Carmen were in the small paddock by the barn. I had to walk through there with the fence. It was long and awkward so I had it as a big bundle of orange plastic and yellow sticks. It made a lot of noise as I walked. I figured she would take off but instead she watched me and then followed me as a I left. Rather than freaking out she was curious. Our rides continue to go really well and I'm happy to have her in my life. I think she's happy with me too.

Happy Birthday Carmen! Today we will celebrate with cookies (oh and riding). 




13 comments:

  1. She's looking awesome! I love dapples too and was sad when Jackson lost his.

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    1. I know that I'll be sad when they fade

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  2. I fell in love with the photos by this polish photographer and he seems to have been to your house: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=11769932

    Take a look at his PRE portfolio. SO NICE!

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    1. I've seen his work. It really is fabulous

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  3. She's very beautiful and her dapples are gorgeous. I love her baby picture.

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  4. Happy Birthday Carmen! She looks awesome. I love the baby pics. Its always fun to see what they looked like when they started out.

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    1. I know. I just love baby pictures. I wish I had photos of Irish.

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  5. Please forgive my ignorance, but what does PRE mean?

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    1. No apology needed. It's another way to refer to an Andalusian. It stands for Pura Raza Español or "pure Spanish horse" : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andalusian_horse

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  6. Happy birthday beautiful Carmen!

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  7. It always amazes me how much horses mature and grow up b tween 5 and 6. They go from being overgrown teenagers to nice young adults and finally grow into their bodies. I have always found it to be a fascinating time in their lives. You have done a wonderful job of helping Carmen transition into a beautiful young woman. Happy birthday Carmen!

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  8. Aw; such a cute baby. I wish the dapples would stay too. Dappled grey is my favorite color, but the dapples always fade.

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