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    Our last foal for 2017 has arrived!

    Our 2017 foaling season has come to an end arrival of a beautiful, minimally marked dun & white colt foal born at 12.30am on 4th of July...

    Introducing Plumtee Django!

    Photos at just 12 hours old

    Django is out of Plumtree Dottie and by Plumtree Hideaway. Funily enough their 2016 filly foal was the last foal to be born in 2016 too! He arrived a little early too... due on the 21st of July but Dottie gave us all the signs she was about to foal, which is what we like! The birth went well and although he had a little trouble getting into the right position to suck, after a little guidance from Lorraine all was well. Mum and baby are doing great!

    Django has the most beautiful little head, as all Dottie's foals do and we just love his markings. Django will be our last foal by Plumtree Hideaway as he is now at a stud in Germany! We had absolutely no intention of keeping any foals this year (apart from Dainty's) and certainly no more colts! But Lorraine fell in love with Django almost instantly and we will be running him on.

    Below are some photos of him at 1 week old...

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    Plumtree Stud Newsletter June 2017 - 3 Early Arrivals! So much for our month off foaling!

    If you read our May blog (which can be found HERE) you will know Plumtree Jolie. who was born on 30th May was the last foal we were expecting until the 9th of July and Lorraine & I were looking forward to catching up on some sleep... but our mares had other ideas!

    I can honestly say we have never had a year with so many early arrivals!

    Introducing Plumtree Dakota!

    (Photo taken at 2 hours old)

    What a lovely surprise we had at 12.50pm, 9th of June when our lovely mare Darwin Dainty gave birth to a beautiful palomino filly foal out in the paddock. Plumtree Dakota was 30 DAYS early! (Due 9th of July!) and our date was very acriate because Dainty had only spent 1 week with one of our stallions last year. Luckily, because Dainty's bag was so big, and she had been resting more than usual the couple of days before, we had been keeping a close eye on her and Mum (Lorraine) saw her go down in the paddock so we were there for the birth! Dakota did give us a little scare so we had the vet to check her over and all was well. Dainty's foal was still born last year so we are delighted she has a baby to love this time. Dakota will be staying with us at Plumtree as Dainty will now be retired from breeding after giving us some fabulous foals.

    Dakota is by Brandeston Rupert.

    We only had to wait another 10 days for our next new arrival. Also due on the 9th of July...

     

    Introducing Plumtree Jazmini!

    (Photo taken at 5 days old)

    This beautiful Cremello filly born was born at 10.15pm on 19th of June. 20 days early, although its is not the first time her Dam, Pixbrooke Jazmine, has foaled early. We were just brining the ponies in for the night, I was at one end of the yard and Mum was at the other when we both spotted Jazmine digging up in the corner. I was actually about to bring one of our stallions in and he looked most confused when I shut the gate and ran across the yard without him!

    Everything went well with the birth and once Jazmini had had a bit of bonding time with her Mum and found her feet we moved her to her stable. Jazmini also gave us a little scare as she couldn't get the hang of latching onto Mum, so all through the night we milked Mum and fed her baby with a shringe. Finally at 8am the next morning she got the hang of it and nursed, The vet came to check her over and her IGG test came back with excellent results.

    As mentioned above, Jazmine had foaled early in 2016 too when her gorgeous 2016 Palomino filly foal, Plumtree Juno, arrived 34 days early! You can read about Juno HERE.

    Jazmini is also by our gorgeous stallion Brandeston Rupert and was our last foal due to him for 2017.

     

    Our next early arrival was also totally unexpected, his Dam, Plumtree Bubblegum, has never foaled early before! As sual her bag was quite big, and she had been egar to get into her stable for the couple of night before, which is unusual for her. Lorraine seems to have a sixth sense for foaling because she had just put the camera on to check the ponies when Bubblegum went down to foal!

    Introducing Plumtree Bono!

    (Photos taken at 12 hours old)

    A gorgeous, tiny dun & white colt foal born at 10.55pm on 30th of June... 28 DAYS EARLY!! Bono was supposed to be our last foal due in 2017, expected on 28th of July. He is by Plumtree Hideaway.

     

    So what a month! 3 early foals but luckily all 3 are thriving! We now just have 1 more foal due in 2017...

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    Plumtree Stud Newsletter - April 2017, what a month! Our first 6 2017 foals have arrived.

    If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know that last year I wrote a blog for every foal born and updated it with new photos every few weeks. This was very time consuming, especially when we are living on very little sleep and taking care of our babies so this year I am going to do things a little differently! At the end of each month I am going to write a "Newsletter" blog, which will include all new arrivals and updated photos of our foals!

    For those that didn't read our previous blog, our first foal of 2017 arrived on the 4th of April! A gorgeous, chunky palomino and white colt we named Plumtree Charger! To see the blog about his arrival into this world please click HERE

    Well by 4 days old he was certainly living up to his name & flying around the nursery paddock!

    I always feel a little bit sorry for the first foal, because once they get to a week old they start to want a playmate. Charger had to wait until he was 9 days old to get one of those...

    .. Introducing Plumtree Denzel, a beautifully marked piebald colt born at 3.25am on 13th April. His Mum, Plumtree Polka-Dot gave us a bit of a scare, presenting us with a red bag delivery but we got him out quickly & he is doing great. This photograph was taken at one day old, as I was so tired the day he was born! We have decided not to cover Dot for 2018, although she loves being a Mum we think its time for a well-deserved break.

    Denzel's sire is our palomino stallion Brandeston Rupert, pictured on our STALLION PAGE. His Dam, Dot, our show champion mare, pictured below.

    And here is Denzel at 8 days old!

    Introducing Plumtree Gatsby!

    On 23rd of April at 12.30am Golden Lilly gave birth to this gorgeous little palomino colt. Everything went great for Mum and baby. Here he is at 11 hours old with his Dam, Harlequin Golden Lilly (Out of Plumtree Tiger-lily).

    His sire is also Brandeston Rupert.

    While taking Gatsby's first portrait I also snapped this of Charger having a play with Denzel in the background seriously considering joining in!

    We didn't have to wait long for another... make that 3 more foals! Which brings me onto a very busy night here at Plumtree! 3 foals born in less than 4 hours!

    At 10.15pm on the 26th of April our beautiful Dilston Vienna gave birth to a gorgeous little dun & white filly foal. Her first foal! We were over the moon and she has been a very protective and caring Mum from the start. And we knew that wouldn't be the last that night as before we came back in the house after making sure Mum & baby were doing ok we check the other mares and 2 more were waxed up! Sure enough at 1.37am Littlewitty Ellie gave birth to a gorgeous palomino colt foal and not to be out done at 1.39am Plumtree Honey-Suckle (Vienna's best friend) gave birth to a beautiful cream & white filly foal! Who is also our first foal by ou gorgeous stallion Merrylee's Camelot!

    So introducing... Plumtree Venus by Plumtree Hideaway

    Plumtree Mustang by Brandeston Rupert

    and last, but by no means least, Plumtree Shelby! By Merrylees Camelot.

    All 3 spent today nice and cosy in their stables as the weather forecast was horrible so more photos to follow.

    What a month! But we atleast were able to get a little more sleep for the last couple of days of April.

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    Our first foal of the 2017 season has arrived! Introducing Plumtree Charger...

    Spring time always brings with it the excitment of our foals arriving, and March felt like a very very long month. But we are pleased to announce that in the early hours of this morning, at 12.20am, Crystal gave birth to a beautiful palomino and white colt foal. Charger was not due until the 16th of April so arrived 12 days early! But he's doing really well. Pictured above at just 11 hours old!

    He is a strong lad and wasted no time in getting up and stampeding around his stable. With this in mind I wanted a strong, manly name for him, and have decided to name him Charger, after the american muscle car the Dodge Charger! (Pictured below is a replica of the Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard)

    His Dam is Merryhill Crystal, pictured below in 2016

    And his sire is our gorgeous boy, Brandeston Rupert

     

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    Introducing Plumtree Bullet

    At 3.50am on 28th of May our gorgous mare Plumtree Bubblegum gave birth to a stunning broken colour colt foal. We are unsure what colour he will be when he grows up at the moment. Here he is at around 15 hours old.

    His dam, Plumtree Bubblegum is a beautful dun. The photo below was taken 4 days before Bullet's arrival.

    And his sire is our 31.5" dun & white stallion Plumtree Hideaway. Bullet is our 2nd foal by him.

    Headshot taken May 2015

    Photo taken September 2015

    UPDATE 02.06.016

    Here are a couple of photos of Bullet at 5 days old. As you can see he is very evenly marked, we are still unsure on his colour though!


    UPDATE 27.06.16

    Here is a photo of Bullet 1 day before his one month birthday! He's filling out nicely.

     

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    Introducing Plumtree Gunner... our first foal by Plumtree Hideaway!

    We have been excited about this foals arrival for a whole year! Our first by Plumtree Hideaway who passed his VVE in 2015. Plumtree Gunner, a tiny dun & white colt was born on 19th of May... And we are thirlled with him! Photographs taken at 2 days old.

    His Dam is our little cream dun mare, Cranford Garland.

    And his sire, of course, is our stunning blue dun and white, 31.5" stallion; Plumtree Hideaway.

    Photo September 2015

    Head shot photo May 2015

    Update 30.05.16

    Plumtree Gunner is a tiny foal with a huge character! He is everyones best friend!

    We think Mat is quite taken with him too!

     

     

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    Introducing our first foal of 2016, Plumtree Pegasus

    It seems as though we have been waiting forever but at approx 12.40am on Sunday the 17th of April 2016 Plumtree Polka-Dot gave birth to a beautiful Palamino colt we have named Plumtree Pegasus. At around 12.35am we were watching our foaling cameras and noticed Dot lay down and have her first push, so we got our boots and coats on and headed straight down the yard to the barn. Dot foaled 10 days early and Pegasus' birth was not straight forward. It was the dreaded red bag presentation, but due to Lorraine's quick actitions she split the red bag and pulled Pegasus out  and we are happy to report both Mother and Baby are doing well.

    The video and photographs on this blog were taken when he was only 11 hours old! Luckily the weather was fine and sunny on Sunday, so he didn't have to wait long to stretch his legs in the nursary paddock.

    The sun was a little too bright for 'good' photography, but I did take a couple of snapshots. I couldn't help myself!

     

    Pegasus' Dam, Plumtree Pokla-Dot. Photograph taken April 2015.

    For more information on Dot please see our earlier blog by clicking HERE

     

    And his Sire, Brandeston Rupert. Photograph taken March 2016.

    For more information on Rupert please see our stallion page by clicking HERE

    or see the link above.

    UPDATE 20.04.16

    Pegasus is now 3 days old doing well. Below are a couple of photographs taken last night.

    UPDATE 24.04.16

    Pegasus on his 1 week birthday! His personality is really coming out now, and he's so friendly! He was on my knee in the paddock this morning.

    "Theres something tickling my lip!"

    UPDATE 29.05.16

    Pegasus is now 6 weeks old and has a huge personality, always first to come say hello when we walk into his field. The sun popped out just as I took this photo of him!