Friday, March 2, 2012

The Family Tree

So when I bought Jetta, I was offered both her dam and her full brother as well, for cheap. But I was only wanting one horse, even though her dam was absolutely stunning - she looked like a purebred warmblood. Now looking back though, I wish I had bought them.

I love Jetta - she's talented with great conformation and she has her sweet moments when I love her to death. I'd love to get another TB to train up as well. It makes me wonder what happened to her brother. As far as I can tell, he's still unnamed (Jetta was too when I got her) and has not been raced, so... I wonder if he's still just hanging out at the breeding farm or if he ever found a new home? And what happened to their dam?

The dam's name is Step Away, she's a 1995 mare that raced four times. She's had multiple foals - two by Private Gold which are Jetta and her brother. Neither was named or raced. I'm curious as to why Step Away was bred to Private Gold (and why twice) if there was no intention of doing anything with her babies. Jetta does have a half brother by the same dam that seems to have been quite successful in racing, I think he had about 29 starts.

What to do? I'd love to find out what happened to Step Away and Jetta's brother, but there is absolutely no contact info for her breeder, and I doubt he would know unless the horses were still on the property. But even then... He had almost absolutely nothing to do with Jetta when I bought her, the barn manager was the one that posted her on craigslist, showed me her, I communicated only with her, though the sales documents were signed by the breeder. I just recently realized that I do still have her phone number, but I'm tentative about calling her. First of all, I absolutely hate talking to people on the phone, especially those that I don't know. Yes, I realize that's a very lame excuse! Second, I don't think she'd remember Jetta or I, it's been almost four years (wow!) since I bought Jetta and I don't know if she would keep any info about Jetta's brother if he had been sold. Afterall, she didn't own him.

Jetta the day I went to look at her as a two and a half year old!
I would just love to hear about him - if he found a new home, what he has been trained in, etc. Or if he's up for sale possibly give him a new home.

If you were in my position, what would you do? Suck it up and call the barn manager and hope she remembers? Since he's unnamed, never raced and doesn't have any info floating around the internet, how else would I find him? Or should I just forget about it, since it's probably likely that he ended up at an auction, then he is probably owned by someone with no knowledge of his bloodlines. If anyone knows of a 2006 bay TB gelding by Private Gold out of Step Away, let me know...

10 comments:

  1. It surely can't hurt to try! You might end up glad that you did ;)

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  2. Call them up! Seriously, pick up the phone right now and give her a call. I'm certain she wouldn't mind you calling her. Who knows, maybe she was in love with Jetta, and wants to hear how well you're doing with her! No harm can come by calling, and please let us all know what the outcome is!!

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  3. I'd have my mommy call, I hate talking on the phone too. You can barrow her if you like :p

    But really I would try calling. It wouldn't hurt much to see if he is around or if there is any info on him. It might hurt you more not knowing and drive you crazy.

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  4. i agree.. call!!!! And let us know how it goes! :)

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  5. Ok, ok, I'm going to call, I promise! And I'll give everyone an update when I do :)

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  6. Hi - I happened across your blog recently. I own Step Away! She's doing very well btw. Don't know anything about the colt you mention though.

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  7. Semperjill - Really?! That's awesome. I'm glad she found someplace. Just curious, what are you doing with her? I absolutely adore Jetta, so I'm glad her mom is doing well.

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  9. Oops, sorry I just deleted your comment. I don't know how to undo it... Anyways, yes! Punky was Jetta's nickname and it was very fitting (still is). I'd love to get that picture from you and continue this conversation by email :) mine is skybluequestrian@aol.com

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