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the lovely irish rose has her day– and meet cormac mac airt

May 7, 2012

rose stole my heart away the first time i visited the irish rose farm in february, 2011.

of all the lovely gypsy horses on the farm,

it was rose who captivated me,

rose who has logged more photos on all of my cameras than even my grandkids.

(sorry kids.  it’s easier, though, because rose stands still…)

so when it looked like rose was ready to deliver her much-anticipated 2012 foal,

we were there!

aaall day…

but rose had other ideas, and she stood her ground.

it’s as if she was saying, “thank you all for coming, but not today.”

we thought she just might change her mind as day faded into night.

as rose moved to the foaling stall indoors,

we, too, moved the party indoors.

she wasn’t kidding.

april 30 turned into may 1,

and home we went.

at 8:30 in the morning, happily taken back out to her pen,

rose decided she was ready.

and it was well worth the wait.

that afternoon we went back up to meet him.

this here’s ‘bubba’.

no, not really.  *see below for his regal new name!!*

he’s such an incredible little guy that the name has to be just right,

so we’re still waiting.

but we jokingly nicknamed him bubba due to his size–

130 pounds!

he is wonderful, so i’ll bow out with my text and let you just enjoy his photos.

i refuse to apologize for the sheer number of photos i’m including.

however, if you like these i’m happy to share the other 300 of them…

i know i said in the last post that i was going to catch up on horse photos chronologically,

but i fibbed.  forgive me.

this post just had to come before some of the others.

after all, is there anything cuter than a new foal?

um, yeah…

two of them!

little two week old meadbh and her new baby half-brother.

be. still. my. heart.

all over again.

*  he is “bubba” no more!!  meet cormac mac airt!  *

“Cormac mac Airt was the first High King crowned at the Hill of Tara in County Meath, the seat of Celtic kings in Ireland.
Cormac was an authentic Irish King who was generally agreen to have ruled for a 40-year period in early to mid 3rd century AD (depending on which reference you consult).
Cormac was revered as a wise, fair and generous ruler who helped to codify the Brehon Laws that governed most of Irish civilization up until the English conquest.
Many other legendary feats and activities have been attibuted to him over the centuries, much like the King Aurthur legends.
His name is listerally translated as Cormac, son of the Bear.
His father was also a High King (Art mac Cuinn, aka Art the Lonely), and his grandfather was Cuinn or Conn of the Hundred Battles, another very important king of early Ireland.
Cormac mac Airt was also known as Cormac Ulfada (Long Beard).”    this from charlie and jan at the irish rose farm
i told you he was something special.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2012 2:11 am

    o i love bubba.
    but i love rose most of all because of her adoring glances….

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      May 7, 2012 2:33 am

      oh, i know…
      she has the most gentle disposition i’ve ever seen.
      i love her.

  2. May 7, 2012 12:34 pm

    btw: rose makes it all OK, to have long wild sterling tresses….[smile]

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      May 7, 2012 4:02 pm

      yes, indeed.
      she is an equine rapunzel!

  3. Anne Barela permalink
    May 7, 2012 3:31 pm

    Beautiful – that’s all I can say… thank you for sharing!!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      May 7, 2012 4:04 pm

      thanks, anne!
      they are beautiful, aren’t they?!

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