Monday, November 9, 2009

So young and pure

I need to register Yalla with the Arabian Horse Association! I keep forgetting to do it and now time is running out! She must be registered before she is 6 months old or it costs more. I already contacted the stallion owner and she has signed and sent the papers to me so now all I need to do is fill in the markings. Easy, huh! Not really. Not for me, with this horse! For one thing, I have been wondering what color she'll be. She has a very dark brown head and neck, almost black, and a brown body with reddish highlights. She has black legs and dark brown/black mane and tail. She's bay, right? However, with her mother being gray, she may actually be a gray. When I part her body hair I notice a grayish tinge to her undercoat. Is this just baby hair or will she turn gray eventually? These next three photos were taken on the same day.Bay or future gray? I think I'll flip a coin.

I need to draw in her markings too. I'm lucky; she doesn't have many. In the last month, as her legs blackened, a white half coronet appeared on her front foot. Because of the snow we had, I noticed that this hoof is parti-colored. Otherwise, she has all black legs and hooves. Her star is another story. Now I know why they shave Arabian foal's heads! What started out as a round feathery plume now appears as an 'f', a running/jumping horse, or a smudge. Sometimes, it's very narrow, sometimes it appears to be fat. With all her thick winter hair, the mark moves around all the time and rearranges slightly. I guess I'll just draw something in. Gosh, I would hate to have to draw the color breeds! I can only imagine what a nightmare Scout would be if I had to draw in all of his spots!
Yalla! will need to be DNA typed and I guess I need to have Annie DNA typed too. It says on her papers that she was DNA typed but when I called them about it they couldn't find any record of it.

I'm thinking of getting a microchip in Yalla! Has anyone done this? It is painless and cheap ($25) and it's scannable so that she can be easily identified. However, I would like to know about tracking devices, 'tags', that can be traced. What does anyone know about them? Are they available for horses here in the US? That way, if I ever lose her, she can be found.


So young and pure - song: Fall in Love with Me, artist: Iggy Pop, album: Lust for Life

16 comments:

lytha said...

don't foals go thru ugly stages? cuz i haven't seen it yet with yalla!

i think she is a very pretty foal. my horse was registered bay grey (whatever that means!) but when he was castrated, we updated the papers to say grey. so, i guess they let you update!

~lytha

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Lytha, you're so sweet! thanks!!

I can only choose one color, but yes, it can be changed later on. I marked bay. Maybe I won't need to change it at all, right?

fernvalley01 said...

It certainly can be a challenge ! if you go to my blog and look at Timer on my side bar ,you will see i had my hands full! I would call her as she is today , which is bay, most breed associations allow for color change

Mrs Mom said...

Wow has it already been almost six months?? Good grief Val, it really seems like just the other day ago that you and Lisa and crew were doing foal watch in the cold!!

Miss Yalla is sure growing up to be one beautiful girl!!

Reddunappy said...

The inside of her ears are red lol, greys are difficult, if she eventually greys, like appaloosas.
She is a little beauty.

Andrea said...

All of our horses are chipped. It's the law in Louisiana that they have to. All except for my TB mare, she is tattooed. It's really easy and nice and it doesn't hurt. It's nice if anyone steals your horse they can't change that number. But another thing, they aren't traceable like dogs. I think that has to be some other kind of device.

I need to register my fillies. I have been putting it off, it just needs to get done. Uhg.....

Dusty Devoe said...

I agree, she has not gone through any homley stages. She is just as adorable as ever.

Paint Girl said...

You are going through the same thing that I am with color. I have no idea what color Chance is or will be. Yalla! and Chance are very similar in color. It is so frustrating not knowing what color they are!
I believe you can have a horse micro chipped. I have read about it in horse magazines. I have both my dogs and one cat micro chipped. It is very easy and painless. I watched both my dogs get them implanted. Just takes a second!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Val, I think chips are available in New Mexico. If so, your vet should be able to tell you and probably do it.

We haven't done it with Sugar and Morgunn, but we've thought about it.

Dan

Shirley said...

That is one gorgeous little filly, no matter what color she ends up. Remember, microchipping is only good if there is a scanner to read it. It does not prevent theft the way a visible brand would.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

If she was a QH, I'd say she was brown...do Arabs not do brown? Guess you will have to go with bay.;) Anyway, Yalla is a good looking little girl.

Paints are easy. Snap a pic and send it in...they attach the picture to the papers and the poor horse is stuck with that the rest of it's life. The three paints we have had the most awful registration pics. We didn't do them-all of our paints were bought...just sayin'-LOL.

I have to get Beretta's registration in too, time is getting away-sheez. I found out that the QH's can now have a photo attached to their registration papers. I am not going to have baby pics attached. I'm going to wait until everyone gets to be 2y/o's and are all slick and shiny. I want that permanent pic to look good.:)

Sydney said...

In my experience doing genetics she appears to be a "seal" brown or as some horse people might say, dark bay.
Register as the colour she is. If they are both DNA typed and she does turn grey it will be verifyable. Plus include a picture of her from different views (front, back, both sides) so they can include it in her papers.

Breathe said...

DO they have a box for adorable? Because you should check that one twice.

I've had the "star, stripe, snipe and bottom lip" once. It's like a limerick.

How do you gather the DNA? Is it a mouth swab?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

If I remember, I'll ask my Arabian horse breeder neighbor how she tells whether a horse will be bay or gray. Somehow she always knows the day they are born. I remember asking her once, and she said the vet would tell me. I don't know what the vet looks at. I thought it was the skin color. Anyway, grays get gradually lighter, and you have said that Yalla got darker at one point. I'm thinking she's going to stay a bay.

The Wades said...

I don't know what color she is, but I know she's a cutie pie. She's growing so fast!

Melanie said...

Awwwww....just look at how big she is getting! Only three more years and the fun can begin...lol!!!!!

Registration and color/markings can be difficult, but I would call her a bay, and then you can change it in a few years if she changes color. :)