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Favorites Wednesday — Ssshhh… sleeping baby.

Rainy Sleeping

This is one view I will miss this spring and probably next spring as well.  The way a mama watches over her baby is something very incredible.  I knew it from seeing the animals and their babies, but now I feel it myself with my newest.  It is an amazing bond.

MRK Etta Place

One of our Kiger mares, Etta, a sweet and gentle natured addition to our ranch since ’02. She’s a very mild tempered girl with a shy but curious disposition. She is grulla in color which is found to be fairly rare. She’s had two colts for us, one in ’04 and the other in ’06. Both are very lovely in conformation and are mild mannered. Her ’06 colt is an extreme extrovert who likes to drag around feed pans, steal tools, play with the hose, and pester his fellow horses. His new owner thinks he’s the best of the best… we love to hear those sort of reports.

Etta is a lovely lady, we thought you’d like to meet her. She’s a gentle lady, and a scholar. 😉

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Etta in Idaho

The above picture was taken in Idaho in July of 2006 after she had had her foal.  We traveled up to Idaho just outside of Montana to bring her home from a non-paying buyer.  It was a long trip, especially her having a two month old colt by her side.  She was a wonderful girl and really amazed me with how gentle she was.  We had her in the back of a four horse trailer in a stall with her colt, and both  were loose.  I had no problems climbing in to offer water while her hindquarter was right up to the opening.  She was lovely and really won my heart that trip.  So many horses are spooky while traveling especially with a foal by their side, but Etta was placid and nice the whole time.  She was easy to care for and showed her true colors.

Zapata & Etta

Below is a picture of her colt Zapata when he was a yearling.  A handsome fellow and a “super star” in personality.

Zapata as a yearling

But more on him when I introduce the foals of Mud Ranch.