My mom's at a polo game all day today, I got home from my friend's weekend cottage an hour ago, went to the barn, SAW A MINI FOAL in the aisleway, and thought, my god, lulu foaled! But why wasn't lulu with him? He needed milk and nutrients! I took him for a walk and he started EATING GRASS. Grass isn't digestable for a 1-day old foal! I freaked out, put him back in the barn, and went inside to find a note saying:
We swapped Sunny For 2 mini foals. (Amish blacksmith). 10 wk old mini in barn- other one not yet weaned"
And on the back of the note, in my 10-yr old sister's (caroline) writing (she was pretending to be my mom obviously):
"The one that is in the barn is Peaches. And is C.'s (caroline's) horse. OK."
UGHHH what?!?!?!?! Now when lulu foals, we get rid of sunny, and we bring the other not-yet-weaned mini foal home, we're going to have (lemme count) Artie, Excel, Molly, Lulu, "Peaches" (great name for a colt.....NOT!!), the other mini foal, and Lulu's foal. That's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7!! Seven horses! Of which 3 will be rideable, and 3 will be minis.
Why can't people ever be rational instead of just jumping on an opportunity to own a cu-yute widdle minee bab-ehhy?? ***Two*** cu-yute widdle minee bab-ehhys at that? I'm so mad. I mean, I'm glad we're getting rid of Sunny. But to trade him for two more horses, who aren't even rideable?
I could understand perhaps better if we had the space for them all. Our plan was to get rid of Sunny, and then our three riding horses would each have their own stalls, and lulu and her foal would have a makeshift stall with a tube gate on the end in the barn aisle.
But now....once Sunny's gone and the other foal is weaned, we're going to have to find a place to put 4 miniatures. Where do we find that space?! We don't have the stalling space for 7 horses. We have the pasture for them, but we only have 3 stalls.
I don't know what to think right now. Raising and training three foals when we've never trained foals from birth before? I don't have the time for that. I barely have the time to exercise my sister's horse (because she doesn't), my mom's horse, and my horse. How do I find the time to train 3 miniature foals ranging in age from newborn to 10 weeks?
But I did take some pics of the li'l guy:). Yes, that's duct tape on his halter, the smallest size at TSC was a foal halter and it was wayyy too big for him. We'll have to make a trip to the tack store and see if they have any mini foal halters. I sticked him, and he's 7hh.
1,700lb Paint Clydesdale meets 10wk old mini foal....: