Well what a year our gorgeous imported silver blue roan stallion Silver Big Stretch has had.
His first foal crop & we are just delighted with their type, temperament, confirmation & lastly colour & bling! He has added height & bone we were hoping for too. It's a huge risk to buy a young colt sight unseen from the other side of the world. The change from the first photo I saw of him to the magnificent stallion he is now is quite remarkable. So very very proud of my Zeus & CAN'T wait to see what foals he has this year with some very exciting mares bred to him. Some very exciting ones due too
Well its looking more and more like this boy is actually going to be a roan. His sire is Hollywood Groover (Smoky Grulla) & his dam is Ricinda Truly Devine (Classic Champagne Roan Dun) I am starting to see patches of white coming through. He has been colour tested as a classic champagne through a company we use in Australia. All our roan testing we get done in the US as its much more accurate. We only do that for possible homozygous roans and roan generally is pretty easy to see. It can be a bit trickier to see at birth on the lighter colours such as this boy however will reveal itself once they start shedding their foal coat.
After a great deal of consultation we have finally decided that 2023 will be a year of some big changes for us.
With the loss of one of our imported stallions as well as the recent gelding of our other young stallion due to fertility issues our focus has had lots of re-calibrating. Also, seeing our other stallion Silver Big Stretch go so well under saddle has made our priority change. Our stud will be continuing however during the next 6-12 months we plan to sell our beautiful home & find a smaller horse property.
This will mean we will sell half of our herd & only keep a handful of broodmares, our ridden horses & our special stallion Silver Big Stretch. We will be to still continue to breed 6 foals each year but will focus on showing our ridden horses.
In the coming days I will work through the tough decision on which horses we will keep & which will be sold. We will be in no hurry to part with them until we find the right homes for them. There will be some blue roans, Silver's & most likely Hollywood Groover.
These are top quality horses so they won't be cheap and all homes will need to be approved. Please contact us with your interest.
It has been quite a sad Christmas for us at Ricinda Ranch. We lost our very special Roxie in a paddock accident a few days ago. Our much loved sweetheart will be missed dearly by her horse family as well as her human family. We are all still so very shocked and cannot believe she is gone.