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        02-16-2009, 12:10 PM
      #11
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    It's ok. I'm really good friends with the people that get the baby.... I'll get to watch it grow! I can't wait to see it. Not sure `I've ever seen a tiny baby mule before!
         
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        02-16-2009, 09:04 PM
      #12
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    Well... I got Sierra home today. I pulled her off the trailer and Scout (my collie) wandered by and sniffed her foot, she preceded to give him a swift kick. Not a great start. Poor Scout, he's never even barked at a horse before but at least he'll be careful. I'm just hoping he'll be brave enough to go back down to the barn. He never left the house after she kicked him. It wasn't vicious and he's fine but it was enough to make me think twice before going around her back end. She doesn't seem to have a problem with people though.

    She doesn't look big enough to be 10 months pregnant though. Kind of worries me. She is really skinny. I had fixed her dinner for her and then decided to cut it in half. I don't think she's really been fed grain so I'll take my time getting her up to a full ration but she's so skinny I just want to shove food down her throat. Gave her an apple, she didn't finish it. Had to shove a carrot in her mouth. She loved the carrots, but I don't think she'd ever had one before. She is so quiet. I feel so bad for her. I'll tack her up in a few days just to plug around. But she's so quiet and defeated.... Doesnt' seem like she was abused though. Not in the physical sense. She is a little head shy but not terribly. I think I can fix that pretty quick. I havent taken her halter off yet because when I went into the pen with her she walked away. And because she's new, I'm respecting that back end. Especially since she is shod all the way around. I'll have my farrier pull her shoes. She doesnt need them all the way around. Especially if she may be a kicker. Although she didn't really hurt the dog so I think it was more of a get out my space kick.

    I'll take a bunch of pix tomorrow. I didn't really take any today because I wanted to let her relax. My husband moved manure w/ the tractor and the dump truck and she wasn't at all phased. We tacked up and rode out on trail she wasn't phased, just watched us go. I was going to put her in a stall tongiht but then I thought maybe she'd be happier outside so I left her outside for the night. I think she'll be ok. I started to blanket her but she doesnt act like she's ever been blanketed so I thought I'd just wait until the weather got bad.

    She's so skinny....
         
        02-16-2009, 09:27 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Aww she really cute! She looks really sweet!
         
        02-16-2009, 09:33 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Wow. 10 months? Maybe she'll go over the 340 days to give her foal more chance to grow... Let's see just how mellow her attitude is after she is feeling better. Maybe the dog just got a small sample ;) Hope not.

    Yeah, I'd definitely pull her shoes too. I'd pull them all the way around and trim those toes back. She won't need shoes for a long time regardless because she's not in good enough shape for any extensive work and then comes baby and the recovery and re-training maybe... could be a long ways off before she gets any kind of work that needs shoes. ('course I'm a barefoot groupie too)
         
        02-16-2009, 09:36 PM
      #15
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    I am too... I only shoe front shoes on one horse and that's only during show season... the rest are barefoot and I've never agreed w/ shoes on the back feet.....

    I hope she's sweet... I hope she's ok... she's so... blah right now....
         
        02-16-2009, 09:36 PM
      #16
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    She doesn't look big enough to be 10 months pregnant though. Kind of worries me.
    She's so skinny....
    I don't know much about mule babies but maybe they are just smaller.
         
        02-17-2009, 11:46 AM
      #17
    Showing
    Wow! It'll take you time to put weight on her - she looks very skinny to me. I like her build though and color. I hope she won't be a fire-breathing dragon after putting all the weight back on.
         
        02-17-2009, 12:41 PM
      #18
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    OMIGOSH! A fire breathing dragon!!!!
         
        02-17-2009, 06:47 PM
      #19
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    I went out and groomed her today. She's pretty dirty. She has a huge scar right about where a spur would go, but I don't think it's from a spur, just in that spot, about 4 to 5 inches long. Wonder what happened... she let me clean under her belly, inside her legs, I messed with her tail, yanked and pulled knots out, stayed really close to her body and kept watch on the ears and the rear, she never attempted anything. Seems very docile. She doesn't seem to be nasty at all. She is a tad jumpy, but not head shy like I first thought, just shy in general I think. She started to walk away from me today but I offered her a treat, soon after she came when I called. I won't do that too often because I don't want her to get mouthy. She wasn't even nasty towards the dogs today, didn't seem to mind them. She also doesnt seem like she was actually starved because she doesnt go nuts at feeding time. She paces the pen but doesnt look nasty. And when I enter with her bucket, she minds her manners so it almost seems like maybe the people that had her just didnt properly feed her, or maybe they failed to account for her pregnancy and the fact that she was still heavily being ridden. She doesn't act abused. Her feet are very long and cracked, probably why the shoes. I think if my farrier agrees I will let her go barefoot. She doesnt need to have shoes w/ a baby anyway. So far I think I like her... I actually thinks she's not as plain as I originally thought. Her face is very sweet....
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        02-18-2009, 11:45 AM
      #20
    Trained
    Aww she looks very sweet! How exciting to have a mule baby on the way!! I can't wait to see pictures of that. I hope she stays as calm and as sweet as she is now. With lots of attention I'm sure she will.

    Congrats!
         

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