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October 12, 2010

Phoenix’s First Showing

Filed under: Friesian Horses — Ramshyttan Horse Farm @ 19:46

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On October 10, 2010, we went to Dalarna to have Phoenix chip-marked, DNA tested, and shown to for registration in the Friesian studbook (foal book). As Phoenix’s father Darco is registered in the German studbook (FPZV), Phoenix also had to be shown and registered in the same association.

The four hours on the road north were a fairly long drive in the back of a trailer for such a youngster who has never left the farm in his 3 1/2 months of life. But when we offloaded the other end, all though he walked out eagerly, he was calm and in good spirits with no signs of sweating or stress. His mother Arwen who had been snuggly standing by his side the whole way was also the calmest she has ever been after riding in a trailer. It just shows, how much of the stress that many horses connect with trailers must not only be due to being isolated in that box, with smelly fumes and the roaring sound of trucks around them, but also in so many cases, having to endure that all alone, without their herd for support and protection. (more…)

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