It has finally arrived! We have a new colt. After four days of intense watching for the tell-tale signs of labor she finally had the little rascal.
Her projected due date was Apr 18. By that day her udder sac was full and her teets started waxing over. That is a thin film of milk that leaks out and forms a dry layer resembling wax. The wax thickens and eventually gives way to dripping the closer we get to foaling. Well, after four nights of checking her every couple of hours, we were wiped. I should state that my husband did most of the checking and was thus more exhausted than me.
We put her up in the birthing stall every night and took her out during the day. No change at all. Just an extremely large mare standing quietly in place for a few days. That last day, by the end of the day, the sun sinking into the west, the mare started pacing. Not a normal behavior for this mare over the past few days. Then she would stand perfectly still and stare at the house. Then she’d pace again. Then stop and stare again.
After checking her all day and seeing no further progress, I was doubtful she’d have the little guy that night. She walked to the gate leading to the stall, looked at us, looked at the stall. My husband knew she needed to be put up. Seconds after she entered that stall she started the delivery. It took all of fifteen minutes!
Here is the first sight of the little fellow. His legs aren’t out of mama yet. He was trying to stand even!! This horse is a strong one.
Here he is when we went back out after twenty minutes. By this time the sun has set and that is the spot light shining on him.
Then the next morning we can make out his coloring with clarity. This is our second dark-haired foal after grays, and chestnuts.
Awww and very foal-like.
They had their first foray into the world last night. Mama took her time getting baby out of the safety of the stall to the hard pack of the turnout pen.
As you can see, he is all spindly legs.
He stays close to mama as she eats. She doesn’t let him out of her sight.
After only fifteen minutes, this little fellow starts falling asleep! His head is bowing and his eyes are really shut.
We are so happy our little horse is well and beautiful. Thank you for sharing in our joy. I’ll keep you all posted
That is today’s nugget from this piece of heaven.