BRIGHT IS NOW IN THE BARN. Play time is over. Starting the first of November, he went into light training. So he is inside in a fabulously big stall. We went to see him one evening at about 6pm. It was freezing! About to snow. But he seemed pretty comfortable. And happy to see us because we brought carrots.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here HE is giving me a hug the way that horses do. He's still sweeter than ever. Easy to handle. A nice animal and a good soul. He likes to nip and play. He's a colt - so he has a ferocious kick now. And in a few months - he could be a stud if we let him. He likes it when I rub his ears and his forehead. Today when we got to the pasture, he ran around and around with his buddies and got all sweaty. We just watched them and enjoyed their youthful exhuberance. I think that he did not recognize me for a little while. We sat on the fence and the dog ran up and down and they would come to a stop, check out the people sitting on the fence, then tear off again to the far corner of the pasture. Then they would come back a few minutes later. They did this three of four times and then I hopped down in the pasture and started walking towards Bright. He started - darted away - then quickly came back. Then all of a sudden - he got this look of recognition and he walked right up to me and bumped me. The way your cat does when he says Hi. It took him a little while but then it was like we were old buddies and he followed me around. I hadn't seen him in over two months and was so impressed by his growth. He had filled out considerably. Big bones. Not ribby any more. His coat is deep chestnut. His mane flies in the wind. He looks like a horse. A really beautiful handsome colt. Thats what he is.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:58 PM
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE THREE AMIGOS WILL GO FROM HERE WITH THEIR CAREERS AND LIVES, BUT FOR THE FIRST 20 MONTH, THEY WERE THE BEST OF PALS. IN WINDS, RAIN, COLD AND HEAT, THEY HORSED AROUND AND HUDDLED TOGETHER WHILE THEY GREW UP TO BE RUNNERS. BRIGHT IS IN THE MIDDLE - HE IS ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE WHEN HE RUNS. THATS JUST HIS STYLE.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:52 PM
Here I am leading Bright Journey. I am just a hair shy of 5 foot 6 with shoes on. Brights back is as tall as me. That means he's 16.1 hands tall and he is still growing!! He's got tremendous bone on his front legs, a well balance neck, and handsome head. He has nice round feet, and croup that is slightly higher than his withers, and a fantastic gaskin. He has long legs and good stride. He is built like a rachorse should be built.
One of the very nicest things about Bright is how well he handles. For a horse that has been in pasture all his life, he is very agreeable. He let me pick up his feet, and run him all over. I rubbed his ears, his forehead, his belly. He will let you do anything you like to him. And, he follows. Not perfectly well, but he is willing. He has such a nice disposition. I could not ask for anything more. He's really the complete package.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:44 PM
The Pasture where Bright lives is a glorious patch of verdant land. It has allowed him to grow up big and strong. The weather has been fair, but the days are getting shorter now. This weekend was the last weekend that Bright would get to frolic. A new crop of baby colts needs the pasture and Bright has to graduate to the training barn. Anita and Shaun have been wonderful to Bright - keeping an eye on him to make sure he stays out of trouble. The pasture is right out there backyard and they can look out from time to time to see him horsing around. Bright has been so blessed to grow up a Legacy and in such a temperate and lovely place. He's had a good start.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:31 PM
Bright is 20 months now. He's not a baby anymore. I would say that he is about 16 hands and close to a 1000 pounds. This weekend was his last weekend with his buddies in the pasture. He started with 8 colts and only 3 are left. The rest of them have started training. Next week - his two other buddies will go into the barn to start their training. So - thats it. He's at the age where its time to put a saddle on him and bit in his mouth and give him a job.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:26 PM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here is Bright's gang. These are the other colts in his pasture that he hangs with. Bright is the second on the far right - ears perked. Beautiful white blaze. Three white socks (like Secretariat). He is 16 months now.
When we got to the farm, the colts ran around for about 45 minutes and got all sweaty. Then we went to the far corner which is shaded by a large tree and the colts came over for carrots. Bright knows his name and will eagerly eat carrots. He is very friendly and sweet. And the colts all are very funny together. I would say that the most obvious thing about a gang of colts is that they are a curious bunch. They like to nibble on shoe laces, shirts, and caps.
Bright is only a few months from going into training. I would say that he is about 650 pounds now. And he looks like a horse.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
BRIGHT TURNS 1 - OFFICIALLY A YEARLING
Bright turned one on February 26, 2009. He is now a big strong strapping yearling. I went to see him at the farm and he and his buddies ran away from me in a rain slogged field. The water spraying everywhere. It was beautiful to see those young colts run off in a herd. Eventually, they all settled down for evening hay and I was able to seduce Bright with a carrot. And then he remembered me.
Today is the day that Bright got it. He recognizes me and lets me rub his ears and forehead. He comes to me for carrots and eats them a plenty when the other colts just mimic him. He is the only colt who knows his name - because he is the only one to have a name. He knows when you call him now. He undestands carrots, rubbing, and friendship. The other colts are curious, but only Bright knows that he has a human that loves and adores him. He gets it.
This is a photo of Bright and his buddy by a mare named Super Interco. I just call him the Doppleganger. Bright is on the left. Doppleganger is on the right. I am glad that Bright has a buddy.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 9:44 AM
Monday, January 19, 2009
When I took this photo, I thought it might be a delete. I was trying to take Bright in the midst of his pals jockeying for position to get close to us. But now that I see the composition on the photo, I really like it. Bright's nose is in the forefront. You can tell because his snip covers the one-half of his right side and its outlined in gray. Then his pal from Super Interco is right behind him. And then there is the nose of the single bay horse in the pasture with the setting sun illuminating him and their long elegant coltish legs. I think its perfectly captures how curious horses can be. They nose around.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 11:50 AM
HE IS LOOKING LIKE A HORSE NOW. But he's just ever so friendly and curious. He's also a horse that clears the trough when he wants to eat. That means he runs all the other horses off till he gets his spot and then then can come back and eat so long as they don't bug him. Bright is not a shrinking violet, and any worries that I previously had about him being a mama's boy have evaporated. Bright mixes it up with the other colts. And he is clearly leader of the pack. He's not a bully, he just seems confidant and well respected by his peers. He's growing nicely too. Big hocks. Tall hips. A long distance runner's body.
Lindsay Stud has reported that Good Journey made it back from Australia safe and sound. He is now at Magali Farms and ready to stand stud again. Whilw he was in Australia, Good Journey covered a phenomenal 119 mares, and that was after covering 80 in the USA. So his total mare cover for 2008 was 199 mares, including Queen of Paris. And he gets the job done.
Mares visiting Good Journey this season include Royal Purler (G1 winner), Umber (G3 winner), Grand Strategy (1/2 sister to G1 winner Grand Journey), Marsiliana (3/4 sister to Caulfielld Cup winner Arctic Scent), Elusive Doll (1/2 sister to G1 winner Hard To Get), Violet Haze (full sister to G1 winner Notoire) as well as daughters of Group One winners Ambala and Kissing Cousin.
Good Journey was paraded last Sunday September 7th to a group of local SA breeders who braved the wet conditions for a first look at one of the country’s most promising sires. Some photos from the day are included below.
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