Last week while I was getting ready to leave the barn I pulled my phone out of my pocket and saw a missed call and voicemail from Sadie’s lessee, Michelle. Like most horse people, when I see a voicemail from someone who cares for one of my horses, my heart immediately skips a few beats.
I hit play and my ear was immediately assaulted by very very loud baby horse screams. Lots of them. Very high pitched. On and on and on. Then I hear Michelle’s voice say “Just thought I’d involve you in the weaning process…” and just about died. Most hilarious voice mail ever. Well, at least for someone who has been through the weaning process before and knows how annoying those sad baby horse screams can get. She also texted me this video of poor baby Merlin being Very Pissed Off about the loss of his milkbar. His new 2yo friend is a poor substitute, he says.
Ah, weaning. Fun times. But now that Merlin is officially weaned and Sadie is spending her evenings in the barn under lights, that means it’s almost time for the fun to begin. That’s right – breeding season is just around the corner. The idea is to start early because a) this will be the first time using frozen on Sadie so we want to make sure we have plenty of time for multiple attempts, if necessary b) it’s Texas, we can start early.
When Sadie’s dam was bred (in 2006… oh my god has it been 10 years of this already?) I picked out a name before Sadie was even conceived. Well, a registered name at least. She was Westbound before she even existed. I had the barn names narrowed down before she was born – Stella or Sadie for a filly, Bodie for a colt. I’m one of those super weird people that want the name to have something to do with at least one parent, and the barn name has to have some relevance to the registered name. Her sire was Westporte, she became Westbound, and the potential barn names all had something to do with the Wild West.
So of course it makes sense then that I’m getting pre-excited about the as yet non-existent Mighty Magic embryo. I’ve been jotting down potential registered names and barn names for months now, because what else does a crazy horse person daydream about?
Mighty Love WTW
Magico WTW – barn name Mago (Mah-go).
Magic Word WTW- barn name Presto, obviously!
Magique WTW – barn name Magie (french word for magic, since Mighty Magic stands in France. It’s pronounced like Majie. Yes I’m overthinking this.)
And then the Potter Nerd in me takes over and starts screaming things like Mighty Marauder! Malfoy! McGonagall! Magic Quill! Mighty Gryffindor! Mighty Sirius (haha see what I did there?)!
It is surprisingly difficult to come up with an M name that I like. Granted, you can put Mighty in front of just about anything and make it work. Good thing I’ve got over a year to think about it.