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post #1 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Sally finally had her baby! And it's...

So. Every morning, every evening, I'm checking this kill pen mare my daughter bought pregnant back in October. There was some question on her actual due date, she was sold as eminently pregnant, she was stressed and actually kinda looked like she might go into labor when she got home from the kill pen.

We've watched... and waited... and had vet check ups all winter. No baby.

Sally was to the miserably huge stage the last few weeks and my evenings have been spent in the pasture with her and Trigger, massaging her shoulders and back, rubbing her belly, brushing her, talking to her (and the baby) and basically loving on her. She's become a sweet, lovable mare, goes to sleep while I'm brushing her.

Anyway. Every morning I've gone outside, and nope. She's still big and pregnant. Yep. She had a hard bag and bloody discharge for the past week or two.

No baby.

Then this morning!

We have a medicine hat baby! All legs and **** & vinegar, already prancing and trotting around like he (or she) has springs for legs and rubber balls for hooves.

This was as close as Sally let me get... Sam (my son) and I were at the gate, she was half way across the 5 acre pasture she and Trigger are in. She hustled baby away to the other side of the rise, down toward the pond when she realized how interested we were. Trigger seemed protective and gentle, but then, when Oops was born, he and Oops were fast friends too, so I think he's going to be a protective gelding, not an aggressive one toward new baby.

Curious if this one has (a) glass eye/s or not. I had to zoom in as far as my phone would let me to even get this picture, so no idea yet.
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post #2 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 10:17 AM
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Ooooooh, that baby is adorable!
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post #3 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 10:31 AM
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Oh look at those legs!! I hope Sally lets you near her baby soon.
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post #4 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Kristyn is out there attempting to bribe Sally into the round pen with feed. No update as of yet... but.

THEM LEGS. LOL I keep thinking: Man! Oops wasn't that leggy when she was born... she wasn't as tall or as big as our old golden retriever when she was a newborn. She also wasn't this active. That little stink was already trotting around and prancing this morning. Oops slept a lot that first day.

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post #5 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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No luck on the bribery. Also Trigger is being very protective of baby.
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post #6 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 12:03 PM
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Sally's baby is adorable!! And those legs! I love how Trigger is being so protective of Baby! I really hope Sally lets you closer to the baby so you can introduce him/her to some human touch.
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post #7 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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I think by this evening, or maybe even over the weekend, she will.

Nope kept Oops away from us in the same pasture too for her first week of life. We just made a point of being available and out there, doing nothing but sitting on the ground in the sun, out of the wind. Nope eventually presented Oops to us, and it took about a half hour for Oops to be putting her head in my daughter's lap and sleeping on the ground next to her.

We'll do the same with Sally and this baby - just be around, same routine on feed times, act the same way, be available and accessible, and just let her bring this one to us when she's ready.

Oops is a pocket pony now, and she's started under saddle and been learning ground work over the past two months. She just seems to think this is what horses and people do together - they go places, they do things. But we've let the 'herd' teach her some 'horsey manners' when it comes to how she acts (And yes, we've taught Oops some manners too).

Hopefully we'll get the same results with this one.

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post #8 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 12:18 PM
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The last pic is awesome! Congrats on such a striking baby!
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post #9 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 12:25 PM
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First, a thousand thank you's for being willing to take a pregnant mare on from the kill pen.

The baby is gorgeous!

It sounds like you have a very sensible plan to work your way toward the foal:). I hope if doesn't take too long.

Years ago, my granddad had one mare like that ---- ornery about letting humans near it. None of us kids were allowed in the stall with her, and we had to avoid her in the pasture, unless she came to one of us. She would grudgingly let granddad in the stall but boy he had to tread lightly.

Oddly enough, she was also a Paint, lollol

With those long legs, if the foal is a filly you could namer her Legs, after the gal in the ZZ Top song.:)

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post #10 of 142 Old 03-29-2018, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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LOL I'd thought about that... But. Him... or her... being a medicine hat horse, I thought I'd let a handful of my Choctaw/Choctaw speaking friends, throw some name suggestions out there for this one.

Also... speaking of babies...

This horse will probably belong to my granddaughter, who arrived one month ago, almost to the day, before this pony did.

We also have a litter of Texas Heelers now too... so BABIES EVERYWHERE!
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