*Stag Creek Solen
ABC 4075 f. May 31, 2012.
Sire: Stag Creek Zydeco ABC S752 Dam: *Stag Creek Snowfox ABC 3499
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*Stag Creek Solen ~ what an exciting young stallion! Solen comes from two Curlies that were born on our farm Stag Creek Zydeco and Stag Creek Snowfox, and he is epic old style in every way. If we could flip back the pages of time to the early types, I feel Solen would look as though he stepped right out of that story. We are so very excited to see these genetics put back together in this way. The first breeders of these horses, naturally using outside breeds to increase numbers, were influencing the breed with the characteristics of these outside crosses. We have always felt though, that a concentrated effort of breeding pure back on pure, and the right type that exhibited what we were striving for, could recreate that old style with genetic propensity. We are hoping that Solen is an indication that we are headed in the right direction ~ I for one would not mind having a whole pasture full of just that! Take a look at his photos above and below, and his foal photos on his Page 2 ~ I hope you can see what we see, and that you like what you see! I know we sure do ~ I love for my foals, my youngstock and my two year olds to look like that, and it can only be accomplished with attention to genetics. He is not quite two years old in the photos here, and I think will only improve as he continues to mature and grow! Solen will be offered for service, so let us know if you have interest in adding these genetics to your program as well.
A note about Solen's color: Solen is a rare blue buckskin, and the only blue buckskin ABC stallion we are aware of in the world. Blue buckskin is a uniquely different color than buckskin, as the tip of the hair is brown, while the shaft is silver, giving the coat a grey blue cast and a lighter coloration as it lengthens in the winter. This coloration is often mistaken for grulla in the summer months, when it has a very silvery cast, but there is no dun dilute gene involved. In the curl photos posted below, you can see the brown tips of the hair as the curls lay over and show the silver shafts underneath. Joe Mead noted on Solen's grandmother's registration papers that she was a blue buckskin, and she has passed this coloration to two fillies and one of those daughters, to this colt. Solen also carries the sooty gene.
*Solen gets his name from a tiny town in Sioux County, North Dakota in the United States and on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Population of 83. Solen was founded in 1910 along a Northern Pacific Railway branch line that ran from Mandan to Mott. The name comes from Mary Louise Van Solen, a pioneer settler who was the first schoolteacher on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A very appropriate name I believe, given his Standing Rock heritage and also in honoring a gentleman from North Dakota that was responsible for many of the Curlies in his pedigree - Joe Mead.
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