My Shire mare has had her foal. I purchased her in late February. Ultrasound at the time was negative. Ultrasound 56 days later came back positive and the vet estimated the fetus age at 50-55 days, so we were expecting around January 27th. The first big ice storm of the year hit Dallas Thursday evening. River apparently decided this was the perfect weather for a newborn foal. 3:19 Friday afternoon (December 6) she gave birth to a big, healthy colt.
Her first foal (previous owner) was born about a month premature and passed away within 24 hours, her lungs just weren't developed. So I was in a state of shear terror that he was too early and would die. However, he looks quite well developed and chances are leaning heavily to incorrect ultrasounds. In this modern day and age, I was just leaning too heavily on medical devices. She was exposed to the stallion in January. Despite the fact that the owner at the time swore up and down that she was not in heat, Mare + stallion = prego mare.
Everything went fine and smoothly along the timelines we hope for (standing, nursing, etc) for both mare and foal. River is being a trouper about everything. She's quite attentive to him and his location, but fine with humans handling him; but other horses and chickens be warned, those are large hooves when momma is angry. We had to towel him dry shortly after birth as the poor guy was just freezing in the 28 degree weather. Another boarder at the barn lent me her foal sized winter blanket.
Well I'm sure this medium sized foal blanket was intended for a slightly smaller baby.
Little snuggle bug has many sweet spots.
And now people are trying to convince me to keep him as a teammate for mom... in 5 years. So kiddo is still going on the sale market.
Also, Mr. Coltie is yet unnamed. Anyone have any stellar ideas? He was born during an ice storm, just before Christmas, with a full white beard, 4 white stockings, and a cowlick on each side of his forehead like he's about to sprout antlers. I feel he needs a seasonal/holiday name.