Muahaha, the joys of baby without the breeding!

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        05-27-2010, 09:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Muahaha, the joys of baby without the breeding!

    I thought I'd post pics for you all to enjoy - we just moved the horses to a new boarding place called Birds Hill Ranch, and the guy who owns it bought this dapple grey QH mare already pregnant. I honestly have NO idea why, it's a dude ranch of sorts in a provincial park so all the horses are used for trail rides. I rarely even see Ivor ride, and I certainly can't imagine why anybody wants a mettlesome foal around!

    Either way, it's nice getting to enjoy a newborn foal with none of the responsibility! The mare has been a sweetheart, doesn't mind us in and around the foal. He was born sometime in the middle of the night, early May 26 (yesterday). He was born and standing when the ranch hands arrived at 7:30am. These pics are from last night, so about 12 hours old!

    I wish I could name him, but heck I don't even know HER name so for now it's Mare Mare and Baby!

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        05-27-2010, 09:29 PM
    Aw, he's a cutie.
        05-27-2010, 09:36 PM
    So cute. What are the odds of the baby turning gray like momma?
        05-27-2010, 10:28 PM
    Green Broke
    Depends what color his sire was. I have a suspicion he he's going to grey - I know he's only in foal coat and it's impossible to tell, but he's good and greyed around his muzzle.
        05-27-2010, 10:50 PM
    I love the Coke machine right next to their pen. I wish I was born next to one. =P

    What a cute baby. I'd love a baby to play with and not have to pay for, and it really is a cute little guy. I'm also a sucker for dapples, so I'm hoping for a gray dappled baby. =]
        05-27-2010, 11:14 PM
    Awww. That's a cute little guy, and healthy!
        05-28-2010, 07:32 AM
    Look at them legs! ;)

    The grey around the muzzle is from less hair there so you see the skin.

    If mom is hetero grey (and dad isnt' grey) its' 50/50. If mom is homozygous, foal will grey.
        05-28-2010, 08:00 AM
    Cute baby.

    I used to board at a barn that had one or two babies a year. I agree, it is a blast getting to enjoy the babies with out any of the responsibility.

    There is not much keeping her in that pen of hers, is there? She can walk right under that board and get herself some coke.

    Love the chair in the pen too.
        05-28-2010, 03:58 PM
    Green Broke
    I know right? When we arrived, Baby was actually stuck on OTHER side of the railing and didn't understand how to get back. I had to very carefully get around him and drop the rail for him to let him back in (don't want him freaking out and trying to jump it and hurt himself). He immediately started nursing like crazy, seemed like he may have been stuck for awhile.

    It's kind of a colossal PITA right now because they're doing renovations and she has NOWHERE to go but the indoor arena. So now we're paying for an indoor arena that we can't even use until the idiot cowboy with an attitude problem builds her a pen (two weeks later, we're still waiting for our shed to be fixed up).

    We'll see how it goes this weekend - if he refuses to do anything about it, she's going into a stall whether he likes it or not. It's pouring for four straight days, I am not missing my **** horses because he thinks he has a personal claim on the arena.
        05-28-2010, 10:00 PM
    I certainly can't imagine why anybody wants a mettlesome foal around!
    BECAUSE THEY'RE AMAZINGLY FUN! LOL, I must be psychotic because I really enjoy having foolish babies around!

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