Everyone meet Austin, he is Poppy and Kate’s foal who was born during the summer. Bit of a different post, and not anything to do with signs but because he and his mum both live at The Sign Maker we couldn’t help but share some adorable photos of them (may be slightly bias as I am Poppy). This cheeky chap is a home breed foal out of our mare Diamond Quickstep and from a stallion situated only up the road from us at Vaulter Hill Stud, his name is Urkel. This makes him an Irish Sports Horse crossed with a Holsteiner Warmblood. Below is a few pictures from when he was very first turned out, he was so small here!
But it has not taken long before he has shot up, here is some photos of how big he is now.
Austin is now halter trained, enjoying his grooming session and is learning to be patient with having his feet picked up. It is important for him to get this training in now while he is much smaller so that he well be well mannered when he is bigger. Austin’s mum is an Irish sports horse who we had brought over from the Goresbridge sales in Ireland. When she arrived she was extremely head shy, underdeveloped and skittish, but since being with us she has filled out beautifully and now is a much calmer horse with virtually no issue with being head shy. She was a maiden mare when she had Austin, and although a little shocked after he was first born, she has made an amazing mum.
If you want to check out Vaulter Hill Stud just follow the link: http://www.vauterhillstud.co.uk/stallions.html