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post #1 of 23 Old 05-26-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Sour's Foaling Thread

Yes...you read that right.

I'm not sure whether I'm mad or excited, honestly. I've noticed over the past month or two that Sour's been looking pudgy, but since I was laid up after surgery then cracking a bone in my hand and haven't been working her very hard, I assumed that she was getting fat. Rookie's mistake, right?

Not really. I casually mentioned to the BO's son today that she was getting really fat, and he answered me 'yeah, that baby is going to be big!' then paused, stared at me wide-eyed, goes 'uh...' and walks off quickly. Ofcourse, I was immediately suspicious, and went to talk to the BO's wife.

...turns out, Sour was bred by AI at the same time that one of our other mares were bred- and everyone decided not to tell me because 'they didnt want to get my hopes up.' Right. I don't believe that for a second, but whatever. I'm pretty sure that they just know I didn't want her re-bred, mostly because of the problems we had with that still-born colt Keegan, and because although she has fantastic bloodlines, she's still unproven and has a considerably straight back, even though the rest of her conformation is nice. And it was easier to put off telling me.

Well, cats out of the bag, and as annoyed as I am, I really can't do anything about it. After all, I don't actually own Sour and its their horse. I'm atleast glad that she's bred to a very reputable stud, and so long as the baby inherits it's sire's back, it should be very nice with good blood on both sides. I just wish they would of told me before. But they didnt really owe it to me or anything...I'm just a volunteer. She's gotten all over her prenatal care (also unknown to me) and is on the same feed as our other broodies and working minis, so I don't have to worry about that, and she's a LOT easier to handle than last year. Still, I'm just a little annoyed. I'll get over it though. I'm just hoping for a nice, healthy baby, and praying that Sour doesn't have any complications.


ANYWAYS, enough blabbing from me. She's due July 10th, and I'm secretly hoping for a Fourth-of-July baby Any guesses on gender and color? Date that it will be delivered? No pictures yet, I forgot to snap some today but there will be plenty later!

Also, how long can I safely keep working her? As of right now I'm lunging her for 15-20 minutes a day, w-t-c (mostly trot) and driving once or twice a week for about 25 minutes and w-t. How long before I start driving her again? What do I do with baby (provided that its healthy) when I'm working her in the cart? She's still considerably green but I was hoping to use her in our fundraiser this October and a parade next February. The foal would be about 6 months old by February, possibly 7, so that wont interfere with anything, but how about October? The baby would only be three months old at that point. Is that old enough that I can seperate them for 2-3 hours twice a week for her to work? Or will she be too worried about the baby?

Sorry for the million questions guys, my head is spinning.

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-26-2012, 09:40 PM
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um...wow o.o
Lol!
I am just as surprised as you are! That is a bit unfortunate that it will interfere with your driving training.
I have no input as to what to do with the foal when you're driving, etc. I'll let others weigh in.

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I would be so pissed off... who does that?! Breeds a horse and tells no one. That's really dumb.

Anyway, I think it'll be a colt :)

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arrowsaway- that was my reaction xD I didnt know what to think! Things will work out though. They always do. And yes, you will get many photos!

You know...I guess this explains why her stomache was looking 'lopsided' xD I was starting to think she had tumors or something...

Sky- I'm definitately annoyed, but to clarify- almost everyone but me knew, so its not so much that they were irresponsible as that they didnt handle it correctly IMO. I wouldnt of supported her being bred ofcourse, which is probably why they didnt bother to tell me, but I wouldnt of made a giant stink. I'm not immature, after all.

But whats done is done, and she's gotten all of the proper care so...heres to hoping its healthy and strong I guess^_^ and to hoping that it doesnt have her sour-tude. Ahahaha.

I'm personally hoping for a colt as well. ;) I love my mare, but she can be a pain!

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Yeah that's what I meant.. you're the one working with her lol. You should know if she was bred or not xD!!

Do you know what colour the Sire is?

And how far along is she?

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Subbing.. I love sour!

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No kidding! I wonder if they were ever going to tell me...I easily could of accidently overworked her or something! O_o I don't even know when I'm supposed to stop driving her. She looks pretty uncomfortable already, to me!

I need to look up the Sire tomorrow, then I'll let you know. I've heard his name and I know he's pretty nice, but not much more.

She's supposively due July 10th, so that puts her at about...291 day? I think? I don't know, I'm tired XD

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Wow, I had to do a double take on that one! As far as working her goes, many mares are worked right up to their pregnancies. It's good for them to be in light exercise while carrying.
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so that puts her at about...291 day? I think? I don't know, I'm tired XD
Omg... I don't even know these people and I'm really ticked off. They could have told you way earlier.. you're completely right about possibly working her too hard or something. Maybe that's why she was acting up the other day???

Grrr... !!!

Trying to focus on how cute the foal will be, and what an experience that'll be for you to work with the baby :) **must think good good happy thoughts.. not wanna-slap-somebody-thoughts**

Can't wait to hear more info about the man in her life

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I am guessing a colt born on July 16... My birthday ;)

Looking forward to pictures
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