You may remember the adventures of the Perfect Pink Pony (aka - Whisper)...
After much deliberation and some happy circumstance, I embraced the opportunity to breed her for my very own foal!!
I had hit the road to start a new job, so riding and competing went on hold for a while. We didn’t have a purebred stud picked out for Whisper, so I bred for my half-Arabian in 2017.
It was all I could do to keep up with the pregnancy while continuing to learn the finer points (frustrations) of the new job and gallivanting all about the countryside. Next thing I knew, we were only a few months away from impending birth, and I didn’t have even one name on the list of possibilities!!
So, I made a list of possible traits that we could expect:
- colt or filly
- chestnut or bay
- solid or spotted
So, that would mean one of 8 combinations:
- solid chestnut colt
- solid chestnut filly
- solid bay colt
- solid bay filly
- spotted chestnut colt
- spotted chestnut filly
- spotted bay colt
- spotted bay filly
Does that mean my list of possible names should have at least 8 on it??
There’s a funny story told by the group that I work with. The punchline is: Whenever someone asks about our system, the answer is always “bad barcode”. Now, you wouldn’t believe how many times we run into bad barcodes in my line of work.... I got to thinking that no matter how the spots lined up, my scanner would never be able to read it. So, if I got my spotted bay filly, I should call her “Bad Barcode”!
...then, I got to thinking about the other extreme... what if I got a solid chestnut colt???
...Bad Barcode... 🤷♀️
In the end, it turned out that only one name was going to be on list of possibilities for this particular foal.....
And on March 28, 2018, we welcomed into the world the first horse I ever bred:
Arabian Breeder’s Sweepstakes nominated
Half-Arabian solid bay colt
SEP Bad Barcode