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Meet Mrs. Kota of North Dakota.

Uh, seriously, this will be the LAST time this name will be used.

I had a feeling that if I felt I was right about the return and the foal was a filly that she'd be named Saorsa. And all around it seems appropriate. And to those who might be reading this who have particular care for that word, I am NOT doing this lightly. But I am exhausted and not going to make a huge case for it. Oh, and femblagh, if you would like to offer a pronunciation check it would be appreciated. ~;)

The trip did not go as planned, of course. The plan was for Aaron and I to pack up the pack and ride down separately from the haulers. So, after me getting only a few hours sleep due to my class, going to class and planning to get in some nap time, well....Bran refused to eat his dinner. When BRAN doesn't eat you know he's sick. So I didn't sleep. And then we decided he really needed to go to the vet, fearing that if we carted him to the Rutland area he'd died somewhere along the way. So...with me already exhausted we finally managed to decide that I would ride down with the haulers and Aaron would stay and try to get Bran to the vet.

He did, they xrayed and couldn't find anything...so it's wait and see. I'm glad we didn't drag him out for the much longer ride, but, you know, I was hoping for more of an answer than that.

Anyway. I didn't really sleep on the way down of course. Skipping to the part you want to know we got there and this is what we saw:

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This is her and a paint buddy keeping her company while she waited. Although she's ignoring me at this point, she was very alert and taking things in. And very scared and wild.

It was a bit of an ordeal to get her in, she really didn't think it was a good idea. The trip home was even less sleep inducing but I was actually feeling less physical affects. We stopped a few times and I would talk to her, but she kept her distance. When we got home we managed to make a chute out of metal gates and hay bales, as it didn't rain as forecast. She wasn't coming out of the trailer now. I got in and managed to touch her face briefly, then she moved away from me, I hooked my arm around in front of her to get her to move away from my hand and got her to finally move out.

She then walked right along into the stall, nosed the clean bedding and pooped. That's that. She's home.

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Her special foal grain was NOT a hit.

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BTW, she is NOT a regular bay despite what it looks like in these photos. She's a bay dun. I was surprised to find how dark and red she is.

She is also not a Canadian refugee, she was born in North Dakota, I'm sad to find that there are still PMU farms there. She had been sent to auction, apparently, in Canada.

She is a registered American Quarter Horse, whose registration will probably remain forever in the name of her breeder. Why? Because the AQHA is totally, 100% and absolutely pro-horse slaughter. They have fought hard to keep it and are fighting hard to prevent the Horse Protection Act from going through. Because they're "brilliant" breeding program is all about quantity over quality. I know it will probably be a pointless act, but I will be writing to them telling them that I refuse to join and transfer because they're not getting one red cent of my money unless they change this policy.

And, yes, she's goopy eyed, a bit goopy nosed and underweight and undoubtedly wormy. But she still manages to be amazingly cute.


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Oct. 18th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
What a cutie! Congrats! :-) Does she has leg barring on her front legs?
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! Isn't she cute? I can't believe it. Yes, she has a hint of barring on her legs, which I've read is likely to darken up. Her dorsal stripe is more noticeable and she has the barest hint that there MIGHT be a shoulder stripe. And, of course, who knows what shade she'll actually mature to...but I find it, uh, interesting that her current color looks almost identical to Saoradh's.
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
She is a pretty little girl, much nicer than the PMU foals I've met in the past. :-) Congrats!
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have to say that of all the foals there I do think she is the cutest! Good thing, that! ~;)
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
She's so beautiful, Kym! Congratulations!
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I do think she is beautiful and can only imagine what health and weight will bring. ~:)
Oct. 19th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)

What does "saorsa" mean? My brain is coming up with "free" or "freedom" something.
Oct. 19th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Yes, it means "freedom". ~:)
Oct. 19th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
SHE'S SO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats my dearie!!!!! :)

Can I put her on baaaaabyanimals? :D
Oct. 19th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! Sure, I guess. There will be cuter photos when she finally lets me clean up her eyes (and even cuter when they stop running). Oh, I don't know the rules, but if there can be some mention of PMU foal, some hint at least of what that means...you know... ~;p
Oct. 19th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
okay I'll work it in :) Doin it later today...

Oct. 19th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Cool! ~:)
Oct. 19th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
She's absolutely gorgeous! Love that beautiful face :)
Oct. 19th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I agree! ~:)
Oct. 19th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
She is gorgeous! Congratulations on the arrival of your new daughter. She has a lovely look about her, a gentleness in her eyes.

You are both very lucky to have each other.

Oct. 19th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Thank you! Her eyes are amazing, even all runny, and her interest and consideration of things is making me think this is going to be a very good relationship. I certainly know I am lucky. ~:)
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Oct. 19th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, she can only look better with some weight, the stress out of her eyes as well as the gunk. ~:)
Oct. 19th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Oh, she's beautiful! And cute. And adorable. And I'm way too tired to come up with more appropriate words.

I know you're not much into birthdays, but it just feels a bit special that she's showing up the day before mine. ;P I will go to bed with happy horsey dreams tonight. Very soon, actually.

YAYYY!!!! She's Home! (((((HUGS))))) and nuzzles too.
Oct. 19th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
*hugsback* Yes, she's here and she is all those things! I still can't get over how perfect she is. As I noted in a comment on sacredhorse I did finally get to sleep once I determined that she wasn't going to vanish in a puff of smoke if I did. LOL But here I am up again and I just got back from spending a little time letting her check me out..I will get more sleep soon. It's not just that trip, Aaron is totally wiped out...we've been running on the energy of this for over six months and it's been exhausting. But now she's here, she's really here, she's really, really here!!!!! ~:)

And a very happy birthday to you! Many horsey dreams!
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
pretty.Saorsa-sort of looks like sarasota missing some letters. What does the name mean?
Speaking of names- how do you pronounce saigh_allaidh and Daonnan Mar Nathair
Oct. 20th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! ~:) "Saorsa" means "freedom." "Saoradh" the name of the horse I lost last winter, means "freedom" but also "redemption" and was probably never used as a name...however, it was perfect for him, and for our relationship, as he had been so horribly treated in the past and I tried to make up for that. "Saorsa" is a battle cry for freedom from British rule in Scotland, as "saoirse" is in Ireland. Both are not unknown as names, especially the Irish when it comes to humans, both are VERY common dog names, actually, in the Greyhound world as well as Irish and Scottish breeds. Oh, sometimes spelled in "Anglospeak" "Sorcha" IF pronounced how it looks...as opposed to the Irish form of "Sarah"...many Americans just think it's the same name, so that's not uncommon.

"Sy Alli" according to MacLennan, but from discussion with those who are a bit better at this than I am, I have some breathy glutteralness at the end of Saigh and some breathy hyness at the end of Allaidh.

I haven't really pronounced Daonnan Mar Nathair, I'll have to check it out. Mostly when I do say the phrase I revert to "Siempre Como Culebra." ~;)
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!!! this is so wonderful! she is SO adorable, such a cute little face, sweet and bright. i hope you have many many good times together!!
Oct. 21st, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think she's adorable, but then I might be bias. Our training is going along great, she has a total "oh, that's what you want me to do? Okay" attitude.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
oh she's beautiful!! congratulations! She'll have a wonderful home now.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you're right, and I hope that it's her home for life. As long as I have any say, it will be. ~:)
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