Melissa Alvarez

Bestselling Author, Instructor, and Intuitive Coach

Anticipation February 11, 2013

Zoey Resting

Anticipation is a great thing. It’s wonderful to look forward to an upcoming event in your life. Right now, I’m anticipating the birth of a foal. My mare’s due date is February 17 but she’s already been showing signs of labor. She’s biting her sides, pacing around her stall, pawing, stomping and yawning and then she’ll suddenly stop doing anything and act like nothing is happening. We’re three days into this and I’ve been unable to get much of anything done except keeping an eye on her. It’s difficult to focus on writing when you know the minute you turn your back the foal will be born. Mares can be sneaky like that. 😉

If you’ve ever wondered how big a pregnant mare actually gets – here’s our girl laying down yesterday. Is that a humongous stomach or what? This baby has to be tiring her out because it’s kicking like crazy!

Soon this little miracle will be here on the ground. Last year we had a litter of puppies (11 of them!) born on Valentines Day. I wonder if we’ll have a foal on the 14th this year? Maybe, maybe not. Either way the anticipation is so exciting. I can’t wait to see the little one! I’ve got a feeling I’ll be writing from my laptop while sitting in the corner of the stall.

Happy Monday everyone!


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USEF Horse Of The Year Voting is now open – and a Friesian stallion is in the running December 19, 2011

Rick Osteen photo

Voting is now open for the USEF Horse Of The Year. A Friesian has never won, and this year a Friesian is in the running. His name is Sjored and his owners have accomplished a lot with him through hard work in the past few years. If you love Friesians and want to cast your vote for Sjored here’s the link:

Sjoerd (Tsjalke 397 x Anne G)

2005 Friesian Stallion
Owner: Xena Vimercati

In the Friesian breed, there are few horses that can boast as impressive a track record as Sjoerd. In his young six years, the stallion has amassed 38 Lifetime World/Grand Champion National Champion titles and has earned more career points than any other Friesian in the history of the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA). It comes as no surprise that Sjoerd is the only one of his breed to have twice been named the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Friesian Horse of the Year.

In 2011, Sjoerd earned 14 World/Grand National Champion titles and four World/Grand National Reserve honors. In addition, the stallion was undefeated for the year in halter. While his first foal crops are only yearlings and weanlings, they are winning top honors in the show arena, demonstrating Sjoerd’s strength as a breeding stallion as well.

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