A study in contrast- the foals of 2020

The 2020 foals have reached their 6 months birthdays. Every year, every foal comes into the world with its own characteristics and they slowly evolve into the horse that they will be as adults. Watching the beginning of this journey is always fascinating. In almost all aspects this year’s foals couldn’t be more different from each other. One is small, refined, sensitive, insecure, and black. The other is big-boned, self-confident, quiet, and pale palomino. The black colt-Pavarotti (aka Zoom)-Fabregas x Kreation This little guy is like a little butterfly coming out of his chrysalis. He was vulnerable and soft and sensitive but he is learning to cope with...

Good bye 2020

The solstice, the shortest day of the year is for me the real turning point of winter, the start of the New Year as the days begins to lengthen. On that day I always like to reflect (as I wait for the sun to finally appear over the horizon so I can go out and do chores!). 2020 was a terrible year for so many and I feel that every day in the reports we hear and the stories we tell and share. The way society dealt with the pandemic this year has both elated and depressed me. But for us here, 2020 was a great year. What...

You are enough!

One thing that bugs me is reading posts or ads for horses that are for sale (or  “looking for a new zip code”-as seems to be a popular way of saying things) it’s when I read that it’s because “I can’t do this horse justice “, or “this horse has too much potential. ” Now, I realize those might be formulas to make the horse seem more attractive than it might be in order to attract more attention but I really don’t like the sentiment. (Does it even work?) I don’t like to think that some owner thinks that if their horses are not out competing then it...

How do we breed for the amateur market?

With so many breeders focusing on breeding for the amateur market, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to define what WE mean by the term: “breeding for the dedicated amateur.” After all, here at Formosus, we breed for them, for you, we do not breed for ourselves, other breeders, breed associations, or for the judges. I think it is important to articulate this core value of our breeding program as it makes it clear to us and to others. So first of all: what are “amateurs riders”? If we look at what they have in common we can then find where we need to focus our...

Expected 2021 foals

The breeding season for 2020 is now over.   Some years, all goes well. This year was one of them: the timing was perfect and both mares caught on their first cycle. Somehow, just like last year, they ended up being bred just 3 days apart. This year they foaled about 2 weeks apart, we shall see what happens next summer! We have some interesting foals coming up next year if all goes well. It’s a long 11 months between now and then but it won’t change what we have coming up so we might as well let you know!   Kreation had a very nice foal by...

August News from the Farm

The summer has been amazing here in Alberta, we had tons of rain and the pastures are so thick; the haying was hampered by how tangled and moist the grass grew. The mare and foals are out on pasture about 16 hours a day. Our pasture this year has everything: alfalfa, brome, timothy, and some wild grass I don’t know but that the horses love to graze. The foals are surprisingly not engaging with each other yet. It will take a bit longer. The black colt Pavarotti is certainly mischievous enough but the palomino Marcello seems lower energy and not as motivated to engage. He is cheeky however...

Our Alumna-Ender

Consul’s End Game (Ender) is a palomino RPSI registered gelding born in 2011. Ender was a custom foal for a dedicated amateur. She loved the Saddlebred’s personality and sharp looks but wanted something with a bit more power since her goal was to event and jump. The dam: Elfin, was a refined cremello Saddlebred with the most breathtaking of movement: light, airy with good articulation in all the joints and excellent rhythm as well as long lines and a good temperament. We were looking for a very proven sire, something that produced consistently good jumpers and eventers out of more refine mares. We needed a stronger loin connection...

Our Alumna-Allegro aka Echo

Allegro is a bay tobiano gelding born in 2009 and registered with American Warmblood Association. Allegro has a bit of a different story than most of our homebred. Of all them, he is the one that has the most extensive show career so far and the one that has changed hands the most. He has a very long record on Equestrian Canada mostly at 1.10 and 1.15 m. Clearly, he is a good horse with a good character and soundness as he shows a lot, wins a lot, and changes hand when his riders are ready to move up.   His dam was a short and compact saddlebred...

Our Alumna-San Raphael

San Raphael is a dark bay gelding born in 2014  and registered with Oldenburg (premium mention).   Raphiola by RioGrande had so far produced some really nice foals by jumper stallions and one by Hotline that we thought was developing very well (Redline). And so we wanted to try another dressage type stallion with her and see if that adage of breeding jumper line with dressage line to produce horses with plenty of canter and jump would work out again in our favor. As you know we try to go with proven sire and frankly they don’t come much more proven then Sandro Hit and so we opted...

Our Alumna-San Diego

San Diego was one of the three Donation babies born that year. He was an ET born by the sweet QH mare Bonnie. He was the first to arrive and he looked so much like his dam from the start except he had huge ears! He was born contracted over the knees and that took about two months to resolve. With limited turn out he got to spend a lot of time with us and with his big ball that he loved to chase around and pounce on. Once he was able to rejoin his brother and sister the three were inseparable and he spent long months with...