She's 13.2 hh, and wont even be 2 months until June 5th. I had to move her up into a yearling halter from her weanling halter already. (Ad it's such an ugly color, but it was all TSC had and I was in a hurry. Bleh.)
She's shedding out to the dark around her eyes and muzzle. Pretty sure she will end up the same black/black bay as Finn.
What is surprising me more, though, than the similarities between her and Finn, is how many differences there are! Her size, and build, compared to him at the same age, is very dissimilar.
Finn at 7 weeks (just before I got him and Freyja):
Fiona at 7 weeks:
She's already a much heavier build than he is - much more muscular, much thicker neck. Finn has always been kind of tall and slender, though still clearly drafty. She's also much bigger than he is at the same age - she's 13.2 now, Finn was 13.2 at 5 months! When Finn got here at 2 months old, he was around 11 hands even. I expect Finn to mature pretty darn huge - is Fiona going to be even bigger? Or is she just going to be much stockier? I've not string tested her yet for an est. height, I guess I should. Finn's string test puts him at 18.2 hh at maturity.
I wouldn't have expected such differences out of two foals from the same parents! It is absolutely certain there is no mix up on the parentage - Freyja was turned out in a pasture with the same stallion from halfway through her pregnancy of her 2008 foal, then she conceived Finn, through his birth, the subsequent conception of Fiona, and up until she came to me, still nursing Finn and pregnant with Fiona. Absolutely no exposure to any other stallions than Wandamere Patches during any of that time.
She also has a very different personality than Finn at this age - although that's not surprising. Finn had just made a 1,100 mile trailer ride, and had never been touched before coming to me. Even after he was gentled and halterbroke, though, he was always a real fireball, very spirited. He only started developing his calm, draft-like personality after he hit about 7 months of age. Fiona certainly has her share of running bucking, and normal foal antics, but she's a very calm, easy going, and friendly little filly. Follows you around constantly, and will approach anyone who will give her a rump scratch.
I also have a separate question *lol* Fiona has a patch of "loose skin" around her navel. Her navel was kept iodined and dry for the first week until it fell off. It doesn't look anything like hernia's I'm familiar with, the musculature underneath feels solid, it's just like the skin is a little "baggy" right there. The vet checked her navel when he did the post-birth and 1 week check and had said everything was fine....I don't think it's a hernia. Anyone familiar with this?
Anyways, more pics of Fiona from this morning!