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Mara's foaling thread ~due 8th April~

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View Poll Results: Early, on time or late foal, colt/filly?
Early Colt 6 17.14%
Early Filly 9 25.71%
On time Colt 4 11.43%
On time Filly 3 8.57%
Late Colt 7 20.00%
Late Filly 6 17.14%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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    11-18-2012, 04:31 PM
Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
When you say Horse heavan you mean a muddy slippy wet mess right. It is fine most of the year right now if has been very wet so the fields look like it is the end of winter already so the ones living of the hill are having to have hard food as well as hay which is the first year they have need something more, though it is the first year we have had two in foal mares up there and a yearling. Our Shetland stallion gets rugged no where near as much as this summer and last winter as he spent 6 out of the last 13 months in a stable due to different illnesses and injuries. I would spoil them all and rug them all but because they don't need it mum won't buy them rugs, not that we could really afford to buy all 12 of them multiple rugs and it would be really hard to find rugs to fit the Shetland as just finding headcollors that fit them is next to impossible.
What I mean is that they have space and hill country and the fact they are not rugged is a good thing - that's why they grow those gorgeous thick coats for. Too many people IMHO over rug horses - it becomes cruel as a horse can easily warm themselves up by moving around (and puffiong their hair out) - and shetlands should be doing this constantly - but in a rug they can't cooll themselves down.
Rugging a horse needs only to be done in fine coated horses in very cold weather (again - IMHO)
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    11-18-2012, 05:04 PM
BTW I was trying to be sarcastic.
    11-18-2012, 05:58 PM
    12-16-2012, 04:57 PM
It has been a while since I have updated this, she has lost weight and became skinny only took a couple of weeks to get the weight back on her as she is a pig, she has also stopped getting wider though I think it just because she is carrying lower now.

Mara at 211 days

And now Mara at 229 days

    12-18-2012, 11:40 PM
Oh my she is big, fingers crossed for a safe and healthy foaling and baby . Maybe she just carries big, I had a mare that does that, but always a healthy normal foal.
    01-11-2013, 08:18 PM
Mara is now 258 days boy time flies, getting close now will try and get new photos but was very busy as I have a pair of new projects to lovely fillies that I am taming and halter breaking for a friend.
Halla as a foal she is 2 in August

Melissa now much old as was born in May and blue roan.

Will get new photos when they are tamer and cleaner.
    01-11-2013, 08:27 PM
They are adorable! Omg!!
    01-11-2013, 08:34 PM
They are so small even Halla who is a yearling. Shetlands come in to different sizes doesn't change they registration just show classes. These are both miniatures 28-34" Whereas I own mostly Standards 34-42" and only own two miniatures my last project for a neighbor which I got too attached too and my strawberry roan stallion, both bigger then these youngsters so it is different working with them. Melissa only weights about 45/50kg according to the weight tape so is really really small. And I agree very cute if we weren't full with the potential foals coming then I would be very tempted to bring Melissa home, Halla is very nice but has a blue eye which she could pass on to foals and blue eye are undesirable in shetlands apart from double creams as it says in the breed characteristics that they have to have kind intelligent dark eyes.
    01-11-2013, 08:49 PM
The different in height between a standard and a miniature, these are my two stallion the little one is 31.5" and the Black one is 39"

This is my last project I worked with, (she had a thing for the ram)

The different between the day I started working with her and looking after her and the day before a bought her only 4 weeks

And just for extra cuteness
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    01-12-2013, 04:17 PM
Not managed to get the photos today will get them tomorrow.
Up-date on Halla and Melissa, Halla doesn't seem to want to eat anything but her food (will try polos and some treats that were my guys christmas present. She does how ever love a scratch, but you have to start behind her not safe I know but once she has had a good scratch above the tail she will let you approach her and after awhile get a head collar on her, Melissa however still doesn't let me touch her yet but she will come right over for a bit of carrot which is something.

On a different note Gayle the other filly I ran with Ricky seems to be getting bigger so lets hope she has a little foal in there.

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