Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time Can Change So Much
but it does not change genetic makeup. Croatoan was a middle aged stallion when he was captured because of his propensity to go into the highway. He also was ill. Some sort of internal infection had ravaged him. I tamed him, treated him, healed him, trained him and rode him. He was eventually, though a stallion, one of our beginner's horses.
Though hard to imagine now, he was the fastest gaiting Corolla that we have ever had--smoothest gaiting too. Fairly early on in his training he took me for the easiest forty mile solo ride I had had to that point.
He is the father of the rabicano filly, Mokete, shown above the first foal produced in the offsite breeding program. I also bred him to several modern breed mares. The Appaloosa colt is his son.
He has spent the summer with Hickory Wind, my Marsh Tacky mare. Their foal will likely be the first cross between a Corolla and a Marsh Tacky in a few hundred years. That foal has already been claimed and will become an integral part of the offsite breeding program. In another month I hope he will have a foal born to Persa, a heavy mare from Shackleford Island.
If the foal takes the best of those two it will be a great horse.
But Croatoan is old. He is healthy, not a hint of arthritic pain, (or any other pain). His muscles are only shadows of what they once were. We do not ride him any more. I do not know how much longer he will produce foals.
But even if he can produce no more Mokete is to be bred next month and I unexpectedly received his adult daughter this summer.
She will have a foal from the son of the original Red Feather.
Croaotan is doing his part to prevent the extinction of the Corolla Spanish Mustang.A children's book about him will be coming out this spring, about the same time as the second in the series on my Red Feather.
He is going forth and having children "that his name may live long in this land."
That is a form of immortality that time cannot change.
Posted by Steve Edwards