blankets/halters and foaling
So I've been meaning to get more photos of my boy, and I swear I will. Works been keeping me til its dark out at night, and my groggy morning self just doesn't think to take pics :)
So as I mentioned before our (grade?) mini mare is in foal, and could be due sometime Feb. Maybe (ugh irresponsible stallion owners!) It gets terribly cold and windy in the hills of Pa this time of year so I grabbed a tape to measure to fit her and our boy oliver for blankets and am just not sure what to get for the foal. Of course I only have a horse measuring stick, so used the tape to get a guesstimate of their height for refrence also. Do these measurements seems about right? Not alarmingly off? Lol
Pickles is approx 37"-38" and measured 48" blanket
Oliver is approx 33" and measured 46" blanket...which seems large but he does seem long backed
Also want to get these guys nice leather halters with out spending a ton, any suggestions?
Now to keep with the clueless theme, not only do we have no clue when to expect this foal...we have no clue what size of a stallion she was bred to. The man who owned her said he only had minis, no ponies no donkies only minis. I have been looking for very adjustable foal blankets to start with, but should I plan on getting a larger sized mini foal blanket? Hypothetically if she were bred to a stud around her size it would be a "large" foal correct?...for those of you in the know about how big is that?
I have experience foaling my big sized girls, but this will be my first mini foaling...she's a 5 year old maiden mare. It seems like I'm reading about more red bag foals with mini's vs. Standard horses. Is there is a bigger risk for red bag foals in mini's? Are there also other complications or differences with a mini vs standard horse?
Last question I swear! Lol. I'm a leather halter fan. Particularly with foal halters I like the style I think is called a figure 8? Reminds me of a calf/cow halter with a small catch rope attached. I'm having a heck of time finding that style for a mini foal, so I'm open for suggestions on your preferences for foal halters :) -- thanks again everyone