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    07-04-2012, 11:40 AM
Green Broke
Wow! She's grown so much! She looks great, besides the missing patches, lol!
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    07-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Green Broke
Awe she is gorgeous and LOOK at those legs.
    07-04-2012, 02:23 PM
Awe, she's getting so big!

And look! Spice is skinny!
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    07-04-2012, 03:45 PM
Awe very cute I love her color
    07-04-2012, 04:05 PM
YAY, I was wondering when you were going to put some new pics up of your girl! She is looking great! Simba has hair missing all over like that, but you can't see it in photos to that extent, lol. Spice is looking great as well!!!
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    07-04-2012, 08:31 PM
[QUOTE=trainerunlimited;1580623]YAY, I was wondering when you were going to put some new pics up of your girl! QUOTE]
It took me awhile but their up, and I have a ton more to post still.

Spice is doing fantastic as well. The ones where ya'll can see her with Ellie nursing are from about a month ago. She's actually dropped more weight since then. I started riding her lightly again about 2 weeks post baby. So she looks pretty good other than the grass belly she gets over night haha. I can see her ribs more than I'd like since I started riding, so I've put her back on grain until Ellie is weaned.
    07-04-2012, 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
Wow! She's grown so much! She looks great, besides the missing patches, lol!
She really has! I am extatic to be able to watch her grow. I haven't remeasured her now that she's all straightened out, but the night she was born, I measured her leg and from google's calculations she's going to be tall like her daddy. The measurement I got calculated to be around 15.3!!!! Haha
The only positive thing about the missing patches of hair was I got to see her adult coat before she even started shedding out
    07-04-2012, 09:30 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments. She's more than I could ever ask for and I love her to pieces.

Ellie is 2 months old today!!! Since I haven't been on to give you full updates on her I'm just going to start typing to catch everyone up. Sorry if I ramble at all haha.

Okay she was born May 4th so she was a late baby. Spice went about a week shy of carrying her a year. When Spice finally decide to share, you could imagine my surprise The phrase "All legs" is something you here a lot when your talking about foals, but Ellie really took it to heart!!! She was trying to stand before her back legs were even out, so of course she broke her cord sooner than I would have liked.
Spice stayed down and rested for about 15 minutes. She was having really hard contractions and expelled the placenta like 10 minutes after she stood. I think she would have stayed down longer but Ellie as I mentioned earlier was trying to stand before she was even out. We let her tumble and crash for a little over a half hour, probably closer to an hour before it was clear she needed some help. She was really strong, even after the premature cord breakage, she just couldn't get those huge legs under her. The moment
she was up she started bucking and trying to run, before she even tried walking. Me and my sister gradually let her support her own weight. Haha so you can imagine us trying to
Keep ahold of her. Literally a minute after she was up she found Spices teats.
At 3 days old the little terror was crashing into the stall walls,jumping on mom, and trying to run the Kentucky derby in a 18 by 10 stall. We put her out in a 30 sq ft round pen with mom and she did exceedingly well at first she seemed very dependant on Spice but now that's not the case. After about a week in the round pen we Introduced her to the fence and let Spice out to graze while we kept baby on a lunge line. By 3 weeks old Ellie was let out full time with mom. We formally introduced her to the other horses ( an older gelding and her half sister) and she was then let out to pasture with everyone. I would have liked to have took it a little slower, but Spicenwas showing a lot of anxiety. She was worried about the baby, but then she was worried about where the other horses were. But then would try to rip their throats out if they even looked at her. When she came into heat it got much worse. I didn't think Spice would hurt Ellie or anything, but with such a little stall and with her pacing I decided it was best. I now think it was more of a protective
Thing with the baby. Like she wanted to be able to see the other horses and Ellie at all
Times. After I started letting them out with the other horses for a few hours a day Spice completely mellowed out, and the older gelding became Ellie's full time baby sitter Ellie would get bored down in the lower pasture and would often come up to investigate the barn. Spice didn't care but Chester ( the gelding) as soon as he noticed Ellie was missing, would take off up to the barn and herd her back down. It was quite comical.
    07-04-2012, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
Awww she's precious!! Thanks for the updated pics!
    07-05-2012, 01:29 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
you know, I so , so wish I had the chance to know a foal, from birth to growing up. I just have never had that wonderful opportunity. I admit to being jealous when I see these pictures. But, putting that aside, baby is gorgeous and you're doing a great job with her.
I really appreciate this comment Tiny! It feels good to be told im doing something right haha. I came into this not knowing what I was getting myself into. Theres been ups and downs,but in the end I've gained so much knowledge along the way, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It really has been an amazing experience with Ellie, and I hope one day you may have the same experience.

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