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Introducing Halal’s Princess Buttercup! She’s a purebred Rocky Mountain Horse filly with stellar bloodlines: her daddy is our stallion, Rocky Mountain Man (Sewall’s Sam x Fancy’s Image x Choco), and her mom is Toby’s Destiny, a Johnson’s Toby mare.
Buttercup is our second and last foal for the year. Our first foal was a cute colt out of our Kilburn’s Chocolate Sundown mare…you can read Murphy’s birth announcement here. Yes, we decided on a barn name for him. After his slightly rough start and his accident-prone nature, we dubbed him “Murphy” after Murphy’s Law – what can go wrong, will go wrong.
Both foals are thriving, and I can’t wait to watch them grow up together!
Buttercup was born exactly one week after Murphy. I drove out the lane to work on Friday morning, May 8th, but there was no baby. An hour and a half later I got a call at work: “Destiny had her baby!” I quickly finished up the chores and headed home to find the cutest little filly EVER. As soon as I came within ten feet of her, I could easily see that she has her mom’s stocky, compact build (Murphy is tall and lankier, like his mama). She has a personality, too! Whereas Murphy was shy at the beginning, Buttercup came right up to us with seemingly no fear. She has a go-getter attitude that sometimes morphs into just plain attitude. She’s a very opinionated little thing, but she is SO personable and will follow us around all over the place. It’s amazing to see how foals can have such different personalities from the first hour of their lives.
About the name…Murphy was born amongst the buttercups in the pasture, so I had mentioned that it would be cool to name a filly Buttercup if we had one. When this little filly came along, “Buttercup” seemed to suit her, and since she has an attitude, “Princess” worked too. Which is kind of awesome because I happen to be a Princess Bride fan…
We left for a week of vacation on May 16th, just a week after Buttercup was born. We knew we were cutting things a bit close and weren’t sure what we would do if Destiny didn’t foal before we left. She wasn’t showing any signs by the morning of May 8th, so on my way to work I was praying that God would work things out for the best. I no longer knew whether I should pray for Destiny to foal before we left or after we came back. Well, God took care of things and Buttercup was born that morning. She and Destiny had a week to settle in before we turned them and Molley and Murphy out into the big pasture with the rest of the herd (where they’ve been ever since). Mamas and babies have been doing great! Praise the Lord!