First off - I'd like to apologize for the poor picture quality. My camera was dying and I was in a rush. Wow - what a way to start a blog...In need of a DNA sample I made the trip out to Buddy's breeder's farm. His dam Dee Echols Bonanza does not have her DNA on file. This means I cannot register Buddy until it is. You would think this is a simple task, unfortunately his mom is slightly wild. We literally had to corner her to catch her. Then the DNA removal (pulling out hair) was done as quietly and gently as possible. Physically she is quite a lovely mare.
They pasture breed and based on the looks of her belly she's open.
What I like about Buddy's sire, Doc Zannie is he's super athletic and cowy without sacrificing bone. He's got a great disposition, has won money at Working Cow Horse and Cattle Penning events and has beautiful movement. During this picture he was standing tied in the same pen the mare had just run into.
So with Buddy's mom standing a barely there 15hh, and his dad standing 14.2hh, you'd think he'd be short. But no, he's going to mature out around the 16hh mark. He's currently standing in the 15.2 - 15.3hh mark. Go figure. This picture of him was taken last fall - he'd only been handled for 3 months at this point.
The paint filly is sired by Doc Zannie out of a paint mare, and the buckskin filly is a full sister to Buddy. They are pretty ragamuffin looking in these pictures. And boy are they wild - never been touched.