IMG_0321Well, true to good form, our Merlin entered fooling the likes of “his” welcoming committee. For 10 hours “we” thought Trinity…….but…. Merlin emerged with a few parts we missed in the aftermath and excitement of his delivery into the world.  A special thanks to ALL the wonderful welcoming committee at 2:22am Saturday April 26th.  Nicole (who has always wanted to see a baby horse born), Tina (your calving experience served you well), Chuck (who assisted as mid-hubby), Jaqui (who’s beautiful photos and love at getting to the birth so fast is commendable!), Alec (who has a “knightly crush on Presence–;), Aunia (who was stellar at being available no matter what time) and of course I ambled in after Merlin took his first steps. Thanks Tina for recording it!  if I missed someone it was fatigue and unintentional. Saturday lessons became a blurrrr! For all of us!

Thanks to the ELS Community for the love and understanding you have for allowing Presence some peace over the weekend. She is recovering like a champ.  Also, a great Thanks to Connie and Chuck of Immortal Farms who lovingly breed and train these wonderful Warlanders into quiet, respectful partners and stayed available and supportive through the pregnancy and beyond! My journey with Presence  and Merlin has just begun. Thanks to Lee Palmer for guiding us through the imprinting process, although duty called her elsewhere, she was with us in spirit.

Presence is as good a mama as one could hope. Both are doing well after a bit of a nuisancIMG_3574e of IV Therapy as precaution for Presence. She retained some placenta a bit long but is now doing great thanks to the vigilance of Megan McCracken @ Rainland Farms Equine Clinic. We are so happy Merlin is rambunctious, friendly, bold, fearless, and healthy! Oh…and yes, he is gorgeous. Stay tuned for the adventures of the first ALL Parelli born baby and what “magical” feats this equine has in store for us. He is truly becoming Merlin the Gray!




IMG_1090IMG_3323Well, time is flying…our cute little Merlin is growing faster than a weed!  Here he is over the past month. Halter training and other important tasks…like staying close to mom going in and out of the stable…for example…From his first days out to a month later annoying his mother!



IMG_032120140501_151221Halter training is so fun when you have Lee Palmer teaching! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful trainer helping Merlin develop into a nice young gentle horse…he is a bit big for his britches!