His name is Proud Gun’s Legacy and he won my heart and touched my soul the moment he nuzzled his warm soft nose against the palm of my hand. He had the curiosity only a baby could have but was still a little on the shy side. He is only 4 days old and I was surprised that he was curious enough to step towards me as I photographed him and talked to Brent, his owner, about him. He’s a delightful colt stallion still testing his legs, developing his charm and already making his way with the ladies.
Here he is posing for his very first portrait nestled against his mom.
Brent has a way with animals and a special method for training his horses. He handles the young daily with a soft yet firm touch. He wrapped his arms around Legacy and held him almost cheek to cheek, developing a trust and bond between himself and this young stallion. Okay, now you can see why my heart was melting away at seeing how proud Brent was of his little guy.
Brent, his owner, told me the story of how he searched many years for first the perfect Hashknife mare and found Pockets, who is from the Babbitt Ranch in Northern Arizona. Brent then spent several more years searching for his perfect sire to mate with Pockets and then did find a stallion to match her stride.
Legacy, the young colt’s nickname, was named in honor of Brent’s Uncle, Mike Pock, who recently passed away. Mr. Pock was well-known in the golfing communities in the Scottsdale Arizona area as he was instrumental in building several prominent courses such as Troon, Predator and Greyhawk.
He was a newborn when the pictures were taken. His home is the Tilting H Ranch & Cherry Creek Lodge where he was born to a striking mare, Pockets. Gus and I spent a few days at the Lodge and Ranch. How lucky for us to see this colts on his first few days of life. To find out more about Cherry Creek Lodge and Titling H Ranch, visit their website at www.cherrycreeklodge.com. Or, also check out the Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’. What better describes Summer Lovin’ than the love between this young stallion and his mother.