At 10:45 p.m., the Palomino Quarter Horse mare Norma went into labor at the University of Minnesota’s Crookston equine campus, and delivered a tall, leggy filly who is sorrel in color, and carries a more fine-boned Thoroughbred trait, rather than the stockier Quarter Horse build, says Andrea Reed, equine lab services coordinator.
Formidable, the handsome son of Sky Mesa, was donated by Three Chimneys Farm last March to the university’s equine program, and was bred to Norma, a first-time mother.
The genetic mix of Formidable’s dark, handsome looks and attractive forelock combined beautifully with the fair-haired looks of the mother, producing Belle, one of the university’s prettiest January babies!
“She’s super cute!” Reed says. “She’s tall and narrow and has a large blaze like both her parents.”
The university’s equine studies program has a lot to learn from the gorgeous progeny, who may be enrolled in classes throughout her development. Beginning with a weanling class in the fall, little Belle would be taught to walk on a lead line, pick up her feet, and be handled. After that, there are classes for students who could benefit from Belle’s presence, throughout her development, Reed notes.
Congratulations to Norma, to the U of M, and Three Chimneys Farm! All should be proud.