Well, as I mentioned, I went to Foxy this morning and had the intention of calling the vet out - which I did, but only to tell them that SHE'D HAD HER FOAL!
I couldn't believe it - usually, as I go through the gate, you can hear her moving towards her door - and as you walk around the corner, she greets you with a snort and a "Where's my breakfast" whinny. But not this morning.
It was earily quiet and before I got to the door, I stopped and called her name - still nothing and the nerves set in.
I peered around the door and there was this perfect little foal still lied down at the back of the stable! The afterbirth was clean on the middle of the stable floor (hadn't been walked on at all) which made me think it had only just happened and Fox was standing guard over her baby!
After that, I had a cry, rang home, rang my husband at work (couldn't get hold of him) and just stood and watched him try to stand.
After a barrage of visitors (I think this is the most eagerly awaited foal in the village
), the vet came, gave mum a clean bill of health, checked the afterbirth - that was fine and apparently we found a bit that's suppossed to be lucky - can't remember what it's called lol) and checked the colt (yep, I'd missed the important bits in excitement and this is after i'd texted everyone telling them we'd had a filly)
so I had to retext "It's a boy!"
Earlier, I'd noticed the foal was straining to poo, so the vet watched him for a while, agreed with me and gave him an enema - after that he was much better, gave him his vaccinations (tetanus and 1 other - will have to ask what that is tomorrow as nothing was sinking in at this point), and said to call if we have any concerns.
So we watched them for another few hours and when Fox kicked her stable wall (she's never done that) we thought it was time to give them a bit of time together and left them for a few hours alone.
He's very inquisitive and confident and will come up for a back rub - but Fox always has him in sight and will move between you and him when she's had enough of you touching him.
So now we can relax, take even more piccies that ever and pray for good weather so they can enjoy a bit of time outside.
Phew - i'm so glad she did it by herself - and so proud of her xx