First note, we have a fairly graphic picture ahead, but a good one, not often are we witness to a miracle in the afternoon.
Secondly Nieghgirl, email me please you are the winner of the 3rd foaling contest, you nailed it all but the base color!
A bit of excitement here today. A bright beautiful day started early with me needing to go check my mares , spent a little time with little Miss Casey, who is such a friendly girl ! then checked Jazz (Fern Valleys Jazz ) thinking she was getting very close, but still nothing so I carried on with my morning. We sorted and tagged some cull cows and Martin headed out with them , leaving me to move out t the bull. Well Bully was being a little reluctant (clearly not understanding where I wanted him to be), so since I was on my own I went out and brought t he cows in closer, sure enough as soon as he heard the cows, he was headed out and on the run!
Was just closing a gate and wandering though the young mares pen when I looked down and saw Jazz flat out on her side, I called to her and she lifted her head looked right at me and whinnied, LOUD ! Well I may have a limp, and I may be round , but this gal can still run when I need to . whipped back out of the pen to the quad, then had to force myself to go slowly up to her pen. walked (as badly as I wanted to run, when my girls call for help , I help!) As soon as I got in with her I saw that she had the front feet of some pretty big legs out, looked OK but slightly uneven, but no nose , on closer inspection I saw where things were going awry, those long legs and big shoulders had worked thing in such a way that his legs crossed and his nose had dropped down, poor kid was trying to be born forehead first . gently rearranged things and popped his chin back up and gave a little tug, and that was all it took, mom got back to business and she had his head out in no time at all, after that I stood by to watch my little (LARGE ) miracle come to life.
and took pictures of course . in 25 years or more of raising horses I have been blessed enough to witness only 2 foaling with positive outcome. And have seriously come to feel that although I check and check often , I prefer to just find the foal up and sucking which is as it should be . Most often mares need no assistance , and when they do they usually require veterinary intervention, but this one? I could handle .
those legs go on forever!
and they tangled up a few times
But eventually he got them all working for him , and hasn't stopped moving since!
Struggling a little so far with the name, in part, following a musical theme (Jazz) I am settling on Tango, a play on words (sounds like tangle ) and I met a colt a few years ago whose name I suggested who had a bit of a rough start who also has that name , so Tango it is , but as for the rest??? give me some time .
I am a bit late and out there in posting but with this wonderful distraction, I also have a less wonderful one, if you are of a mind to, please pray with me for my mom, she is back in hospital again, not just sure what is up this time, but she has had such a rough time,I think all prayers will be welcome, and look at what wonderful things payer has done in the past, for her for me for all !