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January 1, 2007

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Annie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Annie
Age: Three months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Belgian
Home: Cass County, Missouri, USA
 
   I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our horse family, our baby filly, Annie, shown here at three days old! She is always close to her momma Sam, who is a registered Belgian mare. Sam came to us three years ago with many behavior and physical problems, but with constant work and attention has become the most sweet-tempered, easy going sweetheart horse around. She and Annie share their home with our two quarter horse mares, and a Percheron gelding named Flanders.

    Sam had had four babies before she came to us, so she was basically a brood mare we rescued, but now, with this darling baby, she will get to keep her for her life, as we do not sell our horses. Once they come to our farm, they stay forever. Sam was allowed to have her baby anywhere she felt comfortable having her, and she picked a nice nest of tall, soft grass near the pond and had her baby early in the morning of June 14th, Flag day! We believe it is best to let horses be horses and have their babies on their own. But we still watch them very closely. Sam had absolutely no problems because she is a pro, and her baby filly Annie is just breathtaking to us.

    Annie has thrived since she was born, and now, at just three months old, can already follow verbal commands without any lunge lines or leads, and she lets us halter her and lead her whenever we want. Such a smart baby! She is going to be a huge Belgian, however, so we wanted to get our bluff in early with her! She adores my husband, follows him all over the barn and the corral, and she prefers her carrots shredded, rather than whole. My goodness, what a princess!

    Is this a sweet baby or what? We look forward to seeing her grow in the months and years ahead. For now, of course, she still sticks pretty close to her momma Sam.

Annie, the Pet of the Day

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