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Char-O-Lot Ranch News
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 Looking For Horse Shows?  The Florida Sunshine is the place to be! 

December 17, 2011 - Last Chance! - Myakka City, Florida at Char-O-Lot Ranch for details

February 12, 2012 - Florida State Fair - Tampa Florida (2 judges = 4 points)
news.charolotranch/statefair.pdf for details

February 24, 25 & 26, 2012 - Lady Lake, Florida for details

March 11 & 12, 2012 - Venice, Florida for details

March 18 & 19, 2012 - Venice, Florida for details
Looking to Breed your Mare in 2012?
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Contact us to take advantage of our early booking specials for mares booked prior to December 31, 2012!
Char-O-Lot Ranch 2011 World Championship Show "Leading Breeder"
Char-O-Lot Ranch was the "Leading Breeder" at this year's Appaloosa World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.  A special thanks to all the Owners, Exhibitors and Trainers who exhibited the horses that helped us earn this prestigious award:
Secret Colors
Honkin Hunter
Financial Secret
Hunter On Tour
Midnight Hunter
Hunting By Moonlight
Secret Decision
Secret Special Te
Walkin In The Weeds

Congratulations to our Clients on a Successful World Show!
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Secret Colors
Owned By:  Pat Rich
World Champion Most Colorful at Halter
World Champion Yearling Colts

Illegal Secret
Owned by: Robert Gifford

World Champion Weanling Colts
World Champion Non-Pro Weanling Colts
Vegas Classic Style
Owned by: Dubai To Vegas Equine

World Champion Broodmares
Ginger Hustles Vegas
Owned by: William Hegedus

World Champion Yearling Mares
Res.World Champion Non-Pro Yearling Mares
Winner of Doug Schembri Memorial Limited Halter Futurity - Yearling Mares
Financial Secret
Owned by: Nancy Robert

Res. World Champion Hunter In Hand 2 & 3 Year old Geldings
Res. World Champion 2 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle
Hot In Hollywood
Owned by: Brenda O'Neal

Res. World Champion Masters Western Pleasure
Midnight Hunter
Owned by: Char-O-Lot Ranch

World Champion Hunter In Hand Geldings
Hunting By Moonlight
Owned by: Char-O-Lot Ranch

Res. World Champion Hunter In Hand Yearling Geldings



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Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Breeding Time Again!!
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        If you are planning to breed your mare to a favorite stallion early in the year 2012, quite literally you need to “Turn On The Lights”.  Each year we have many clients, many times very experienced horse people who forget or discount this very important phrase.
    Mares normally have a “shutting down” of their reproductive functions throughout the winter months, this is called anestrous.  This happens in the sunny south of Florida as well as the northern states.  Although daylight and temperature changes may not be as extreme to the southern states, the mares do sense the difference.  I also have many well-intentioned horse people tell me how “their” mare does cycle year round.  Even though some mares do continue to show signs of heat and estrous behavior, her ovaries are very likely shut down completely or simply not ovulating during this time.  Save yourself time, money and frustration at the breeding farm or receiving center and be sure that your mare is cycling and ovulating before sending her.
        1.  Mares require 16 hours of simulated daytime to achieve and maintain summer-like reproductive status.
            2.  Mare also require the remaining 8 hours in relative darkness.  24 hours of light does not work and will probably have the same effect on your mare as no lights at all. “More is not always better”.
      3.  Generally it takes 60-90 days for mares to regulate their cycles-this will include the “transitional” period when she may stay in heat for a much longer amount of time and not actually ovulate.  Therefore mares wanting to breed for January foals need to go “Under    Lights” somewhere between November 1-15th.
       4.  Pregnant mares foaling early in January sometimes present a problem, unless also kept under lights.  These mares also have a good possibility of shutting down prior to their 30 day cycle, thinking that they are in fact in the middle of winter.  Most mares will always have a foal heat, but often times mares foal too early in January to breed back on that cycle.  There has been some experimentation with the use of Regumate to hold off the foal heat cycle until breeding season actually opens.  On farm, I have not been successful with this method but we have found that putting these early foaling mares also under lights prior to foaling will generally keep them cycling.  Please note however that this system can also tend to have your mares foal a bit earlier than expected so be prepared.
The use of hormones prostin with estradiol has been shown to be effective on some mares to bring them out of winter anestrous earlier.  However, our program has gone along with the “mother nature” way of changing the lighting and this has proven effective on about 95% of the mares that we have dealt with.

Lights need to be bright enough so that you can read a newspaper in all four corners of your stall or paddock. A 200 watt lightbulb is recommended, however we have fluorescent lights in our mare motels (on timers) and they work well.

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NO matter what method you choose, please be aware that you are dealing with “Mother Nature” and sometimes things are simply beyond our control-some mares do not respond to lighting, some mares do not respond to the use of Regumate (which suppresses heat), prostin (which induces heat) or HCG (which causes ovulation)-- The good news is that most mares do respond to all of these which can work to insure that early futurity baby for you!
The more well informed you as the mare owner are, the greater your chances are of having a successful and enjoyable breeding experience.


Char-O-Lot Ranch Breeding Academy Now Taking Reservations!

  For more information contact us at or visit our Breeding Academy website for more details at


Congratulations on Recent Purchases!
2011 Nationals Little Hunter
To Steve Rimmer & Leslie Decker, Sammamish Washington on this purchase of Little Hunter, World and National Champion Hunter Under Saddle,
for their daughter.  Agent, Sue Cumming-Schultz, Deerfield Farm


To the Olsen Family on your purchase of Hunting By Moonlight, Reserve World Champion Hunter In Hand Yearling Geldings.  Agent, Zuidema Pleasure Horses


Looking For A New Show Horse!
Visit our website or our youtube channel at for information on our horses for sale. We have many quality show horses and prospects for sale at reasonable prices. or  


Char-O-Lot Ranch | 941-322-1882

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