Three generations: Grandma “Honey Jo”, Mom “Raven” and 7-month-old baby Jace.
Jace has grown like a weed! I can’t wait to see how tall he ends up being. At the rate he is growing, I suspect he will take after his 16 hand plus sire and grandsire rather than his 14 hand mom.
In spite of my preaching to all of my clients that color doesn’t matter when selecting a horse, I have to admit I have had a prejudiced against Cremello colored horses. The blue eyes and the constant battle to keep them clean looking really turned me off, but Jace is so amazing that the color has grown on me. 🙂
Because of my prejudice, early on I had thought I might try to sell Jace, but his personality was so great I was tempted to keep him. Jace is really calm and mellow for a foal and picks up on training really quickly.
At some point, the kids told Stableboy that Jace was going to be his new horse to replace Jasper. Stableboy didn’t seem very excited by that, but…
We were out of town a lot this summer. After returning from one particular trip, I mentioned how good-looking Jace was becoming. Stableboy made some smart comment and I challenged him as to when the last time he was actually out by the barn to see Jace. He replied, “Just last night…I was out there and Jace walked up to me, so I spent a few minutes petting him. I thought if he was going to be my horse we should get to know each other.”
My reaction: Double-take with googly eyes!
The only horse that Stableboy has ever shown even the slightest interest in was Jasper (RIP). I had no idea that he was thinking that Jace might become his horse, but that clinched the deal!
So here are images in celebration of Jace!
Jace racing around the pasture with Kid 3 riding Raven. It was Raven’s first day being put back to work after giving birth.
Jace at four months after being caught in the act of sneaking into the tack room.
Stableboy holding Jace while the farrier gives Jace his first trim. Jace was a trooper!
We took Raven and Jace to be part of the petting zoo at the county fair this year. Unfortunately, I apparently did not take any pictures specifically of Jace, just this one highlighting Kid 3’s handiwork with Raven’s tail. 🙂
A five-month-old muddy Jace nibbling on Raven’s halter through the open door.
Jace taking a break from nursing to spy on me.
Jace looking fuzzy with his thick winter coat at nearly 7 months of age.
Here’s a short video clip of Jace’s first experience being ponied.