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Vaulcluse20 learns to be led in and out of field

Vaulcluse
June 1st, 2020

Vaulcluse20 is progressing nicely at Gainesway Farm. She has learned how to be bathed, and how to stand for conformation pictures. She stands nicely for our farriers to trim her feet. Additionally, she is starting to lose her baby fur, which is wonderful because it has started to get pretty warm in Kentucky. 

Below is a video of Vaulcluse20 getting comfortable being led in and out of her field. This daily exercise helps her to practice having patience when there is a crowd of other horses around the gate. She will do this almost everyday during her normal turnin and turnout times. The photo is of her learning how to set up properly for conformation pictures and for shows. 

Vaulcluse was bred and is currently in foal to Curlin.

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Photo courtesy of Gainesway Farm

Weather and camera schedule

Vaulcluse
May 8th, 2020

Kentucky is due to have some cold weather this weekend so Vaulcluse and her filly will be in the stall most of the weekend. We are working to switch the cameras accordingly. 

Vaulcluse20 loves the big field and playing with her pasture buddies

Vaulcluse
May 8th, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: Vaulcluse, her filly, and her pasture buddy Courtisane20 have been moved into a bigger field with more horses. Since the weather has turned more spring like, Vaulcluse20 and all her new friends now go out in the evenings to enjoy more time outside. Gainesway Farm is a firm believer in the more time a baby foal spends outside, the better. However, a baby foal also needs to learn how to deal with people. So, every morning, they are all brought in to be looked over, groomed and have their feet picked. This will be their daily life from now until they are moved to our other part of the farm to start their life as a yearling.

Vaulcluse20 still prefers to hang out with her old pasture buddy, and they love the new field they are in. There is a fenced in area they like to play around. Below they were playing sneak and peek. Enjoy the video.

Vaulcluse20 grooming routine

Vaulcluse
April 14th, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: 

Vaulcluse and her filly are doing well. The team at Gainesway is working with Vaulcluse20 on her daily grooming routine. She's still a little unsure about standing still and walking without her mom, but over time she will stand still, and happily walk around without mom being by her side. Mom will also get better about her being out of the stall without her.

The handler starts by having the baby stand in front of the stall so mom and baby can see each other. Then, he will go over the foal's entire body with a soft brush trying to make contact with all the parts of the foal. This helps the foal to get comfortable being touched and not be afraid of people touching in places that maybe the mom may not. Next, he will pick up each foot and even if there is nothing there, he will rub on the foot, tap it, make scraping noises to again desensitize the foal to something that just doesn't happen to it naturally. Finally, he will teach the foal to walk up and down the shed row. This whole process takes a little less than 5 minutes. Right now, that's completely fine as foals at this age have a very small attention span. 

We need them to be comfortable about being outside their stall so we can do individual work on them like trimming their feet, or vet work like taking xrays. Soon, she will learn to stand for getting sprayed off with fly spray and getting a bath. This is all done almost everyday to all our foals to ensure they get comfortable with this routine.  Watch the video below of Vaulcluse20 being groomed by her handler. 

Vaulcluse20 is confident and decisive

Vaulcluse
April 3rd, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: "At a week old, Vaulcluse20 has such an independent air about her and has such a decisive attitude. Just walking by her mom, she holds her head up high and ears straight ahead, like she knows exactly where she's going. And when she's tired, she doesn't mess around about making a show about trying to lay down. She simply decides she's tired and just...lays down. She doesn't worry like the others if her mom wonders off a little too far.

She is having a great time and has adjusted really well in her new barn, and has even gotten a paddock buddy, a filly named Courtisane20. They aren't exactly friends yet, as they were just turned out together, but I'm sure in a couple of weeks they'll be running and playing around with each other."

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Photo courtesy of Gainesway Farm

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