dunc'n hawk photo

Lost Creek Dunc'n Hawk

 

ILR # pending

male  b. 06-06-2018

Eagles' Nest' Americus ("Bull") x Lost Creek Sagehopper

Dunc'n is a stout and sturdy fellow — 31.3 lbs at birth — and shockingly reminiscent of paternal grandsire Gold'n Hawk in his brillo-pad guard hair, color, heavy build, ears, head, and disposition. In addition, he has Sage's excellent gaits (and possibly a better natural trot). Dunc'n's total package oozes "harness potential" and has Gwen drooling over the possibilities.

Dunc'n seems to have a higher Opposition Reflex coupled with a tendency to remain in reactive mode; in addition, Dunc'n's coat looks like it is going to be longer than we have found to be desirable from a functional working perspective. Either issue is adequate reason to remove a male from the gene pool, so in all likelihood, Dunc'n will be castrated when he's old enough ... although we will definitely give him every chance to prove us wrong. The rest of the package appears pretty compelling.

Because we are in desperate need of one or two "trainer geldings", Dunc'n is under evaluation for retention even if gelded, and if he continues to "ooze harness potential", he is likely to be our pick. But that's in the future! For now we are enjoying his outlook on his new world ... and his interactions with agemates Cynamon and Carhartt.

"Duncan" is a Scottish name from two words meaning "dark or brown" and "battle or warrior." Dunc'n is a very dark color, and his mom had a battle to birth him (a very long labor culminating in dystocia, in this case both front legs needing repositioning). Dunc'n's resemblance to Gold'n Hawk was unusually striking from the start, and we were compelled to find a name that referenced his beloved paternal grandsire — Dunc'n Hawk fits perfectly.