Iya was born about a week later than I estimated Two Boots was born the previous year (both are daughters of Houdini and, I think, removed stallion Junior). She apparently needed that extra gestation: Iya was huge, right from the beginning.
Look at those curled little ears (they straightened out) and grey legs – those long, long grey legs!
This is the great big girl last summer (yearling).
Last fall among the rocks on – appropriately! – Filly Peak.
By October, Chrome had stolen Jif and Hayden, and Iya was wavering between going with her friend Jif and staying with mama Houdini and Grey’s band. By November-December, Chrome also had Two Boots and Cuatro, but Iya stayed with mama. By January, she wasn’t with either Grey or Chrome …
In February, I found her with Hollywood’s band, which includes young mom Piedra and her colt, Sage, and Baylee, also acquired by Holls as a 2-year-old.
Baylee, Iya and Shadow are the only fillies I’ve seen so far leave their bands. (Shadow was taken by David as a long yearling when the southside boys bachelor band kicked Bruiser out of the pinto band.) That is to say they’re the only immature fillies – young mother Two Boots, then 2 – and her colt – were taken by Chrome in the fall after Cuatro was born.
Dear Iya will never win the contest for beauty, but she has her mother’s level-headedness (as well as that noble Roman profile), and although Piedra warns her who’s boss mare in Hollywood’s band, she has made friends with both 3-year-old Baylee …
… and almost-yearling Sage.
She may be in her duckling phase …
But soon she’ll be a swan.
Happy second birthday, becoming girl!