Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mother and Daughter

A few weeks ago, I was chasing the horses and I decided to take some photos of mother and daughter, Annie and Yalla! for comparison. (I'm noticing how splay footed Yalla! looks in front. Hopefully, it's due to her long hooves. Oh well, thankfully, she's not a halter horse.)
Annie has a gorgeous trot. She brings her head down, arches her neck, and just floats, inches above the ground, as you can see in this photo, touching the ground quickly and only as necessary.  
Yalla! did not inherit her mother's trot, unfortunately. She keeps her head up with her nose out and tends to stay more grounded at the trot.
 However, she does have a beautiful stride at the gallop.
Notice how much mother and daughter resemble one another in the next series of photographs.

 Here they are for a side by side comparison. Yalla! should still do some growing. Her legs are as long as her mother's. We estimated that she would be about 15 hands at maturity. Currently, she's barely 14.?

Yalla! is cantering in the next shot while Annie is doing a slight turn but you can see that Yalla! still needs substance.

 There are certainly some differences, besides color, like Yalla! has a short triangular head while Annie's is quite long and narrow, but overall, Yalla! is certainly Annie's little girl, don't you think?


Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Great pictures. She is a beautiful young horse. It has been fun to watch her grow from that little foal we saw when we visited after she was born.


Reddunappy said...

She is a little cutie!!
She has time to grow!
I love her face!

Grey Horse Matters said...

They are both beautiful!

Val said...

Fun pictures and comparisons. I agree about her mother's trot and that Yalla! is a beauty!

fernvalley01 said...

She is growing up into a lovely mare, certainly shows a look of "family" to her dam

Shirley said...

I love the photos where they look the same galloping; Arabians have such style! Yalla is a beauty, with lots of time to fill out yet.

achieve1dream said...

So cute!!! Yalla still looks like a yearling in some of these shots lol. She definitely still has a lot more growing and filling out to do. :) She's three isn't she? So not sure how much taller she will grow, but a couple more inches over the next few years wouldn't surprise me. Yalla is definitely her mother's daughter. :D I bet her trot will look more like her mother's when she gets old and learns some self carriage. Chrome used to and still does the head in the air stuff a lot. :)