I hope it's not too much longer. Poor girl looks like she's about to explode! Her bag is three times the size it was yesterday, even bigger than it was this morning. We pulled her out of the lot and hosed her down to give her some relief from the heat. She has never had water used on her and didn't know what to make of it. She danced around in circles sidways around me (daughter wanted me to tie her to a tree, but I was afraid to do that in case she fought too hard) before she finally heaved a gigantic sigh, half closed her eyes and cocked a hip. She seemed to really enjoy it - good thing we have a good well, because we ran the water on her for nearly 20 minutes.
Because we have horse flies big enough to saddle, I thought I'd better spray her. She really didn't appreciate that at all, but we managed without her pitching too much of a fit. (Did NOT spray the bag, but I did dampen a paper towel to rub the stuff on most of her big belly.) She acted much more comfortable when we put her back in the lot. No more kicking and stomping - she was eating her hay calmly.
I have a feeling I'm going to have to work with her as well as the foal on basic ground manners. She leads well enough - but she's very pushy and is just now learning to follow at a respectful distance.
Oldest daughter popped in today to wish her Daddy a happy father's day and check on Dancer. Oldest daughter wants the foal after it's weaned, so fortunately I don't have to worry about finding someone to take/buy it. Oldest daughter can't wait for the foal to hit the ground - she wants to buy the foal halter, but wait to see what color the foal is before getting one. She'll get one the day the foal is born - Paso Fino breeder that is friends with younger daughter puts a foal halter on within 24 hours of birth. She also leaves a lead rope attached to make it easier to catch and handle the foal - she keeps new mamas and babies in smallish corrals for the first few weeks so she can get the babies used to being handled. By the time they are turned out with the rest of the herd in the pasture, the babies are lead broke and will stand to be groomed and whatnot.
I'm still trying to get son in law to agree to geld his stallion. Even though some of the forum members don't think he's as fugly as I do, we all seem to agree that he's still not breeding quality no matter how you look at it. He'll make a good riding horse with his sweet temperment - hopefully gelding him will alleviate some of his gelding agression. Personally, I think it will help, becuas even now, as long as there is a fence between Scooter and DJ, they get along great - even do a bit of mutual grooming. Put them in the same pasture though, and it's Katy bar the door!
I'm beginning to think that these horses are going to be the death of me yet!
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!