(Black Lightning x Aziza Mona Lisa)
1998 HOMOZYGOUS Black Stallion
I had bred Mona to a stallion in Montana by transported semen in 1997. Three weeks later she lost that embryo due to a snake bite reaction. We had tried to give her hormones to keep that from happening, but after we lost that embryo, we took her Black Lightning for another breeding (I had already bred two mares to him that summer). Nothing happened the first cycle. We tried again a second cycle and then it was time for Lightning to go back to Oregon. An ultrasound indicated that she didn't get pregnant.
That November my father went into the hospital with congestive heart failure. I went down to Texas over Thanksgiving to help with his care. We talked about how disappointed I was that Mona wasn't pregnant--only my dad totally understood how I felt!!! Dad died in mid-December.
At the end of February I came home to a message from my neighbor saying she thought Mona looked pregnant. Long story short, she was!!!!!
In late July, Mona foaled and it was a black colt. My dream horse was here!!! Tears still come to my eyes whenever I think of how I went to pick up the phone to tell Dad, but then I realized I couldn't. (I still tear up to this day!)
Maj is the storybook horse you find in children's books, the one I drew in pictures growing up. Now he is at my house!!! His foals are so much like him!!! I have two at my house with more spread around, including quite a few part-breds. Now he is making the dreams of others come true.
All of this has changed how Maj is available for use at stud. I had his semen collected and frozen at the university so that if something happens and my gorgeous stallion doesn't make it, at least I will have a way to have more of his foals.
Maj is my beloved black stallion and the pride of my pasture!