On September 4, 2006, a shipper pulled into my driveway and unloaded a wonderful birthday present for me. Her name was Truly Apparent.
Truly gave birth to a gorgeous filly.
I had leased out Truly and Mercedes to Sheri Hagen to breed to her son of Ima Cool Skip, but Sheri decided to change course as many of us do, and Truly, Mercedes, and their babies ended up at Sandra Layton's house. Her sister Jennifer claimed Truly's baby for her own and called her Bambi.
Unfortunately Bambi would be Truly's last baby. Truly began to deteriorate over the summer despite the very best care the Laytons provided. I will be forever grateful to them for giving Truly possibly the best summer of her life Her companion was their 30+ year old appy gelding and they spent the summer in their own large, green pasture, with huge shade trees and their every need tended to.
Despite this excellent care the day came for me to have to say goodbye to this wonderful mare. She was laid to rest beside her elderly companion, the two of then buried side-by-side on the Layton's land. I can't say enough how appreciative I am of them to have helped me during this time, made sure Truly passing went smoothly and supported me during this difficult process.
I did get to see Bambi when I went out to say goodbye to Truly. I knew she was in the best of hands, so I didn't really give her a second thought to be honest. I felt bad for the awkward little filly, having just lost her momma, but she was Eddie and Truly's baby and I knew she'd be just fine.
A few months later, though, in talking with the Layton's they didn't think Bambi would really fit their needs. I had Fabian, who Jennifer was very interested in, and who would fit her needs much better, so Bambi came to live with me, and Fabian went to the Laytons.
Unfortunately there were two issues with Bambi. First of all, I already had a Bambi! After a few weeks of tormenting myself over this delimma, I decided to call her "Dakota," which in Lakota means "friend." Dakota is everyone's friend. She's a sweetheart!
Second, her dam's leg issues weren't entirely manmade as we had all thought, and although her other foals had been born straight, Dakota was predisposed to some epiphisitis issues. If you've been following the blog, you've seen me documenting the steps I've taken to clear it up. The only reason I've had this kind of success with her is because this is an issue very common in halter horses and my previous experiences have afforded me a lot of education with OCD and epiphisitis.
In other words, I'm not that smart and you all know what kind of luck I usually have. Luckily, I've learned this all through experience and thankfully it's come in handy! I'm pleased as punch to report that Dakota is almost completely normal (pics coming soon, I promise). Obviously her leg issues have never slowed her down at all....Today Dakota is just a happy as a clam, turned out with her pals and their giant bales of hay.
Now, anyone out there want to teach me how the heck to do that?