Friday was quite the exciting day on the farm. I watched our mare foal. She had a little stud colt. His name is Snickers, and he is super cute, a little sweet with some crunchiness around the edges. As in, if you can get your hands on him, he settles right down, but catching him, without Stormy getting quite grouchy is becoming a bit of an issue. lol Food is our friend!!! Hardly ever does anyone actually see a mare foal, but I did just that! I walked outside to check on our mare, and she foaled right in front of me.
Snickers is a very loved little guy. Nearly three years ago, we tried to breed Stormy, but she was hurt very badly, and lost the baby early in the pregnancy.
She is a VERY protective mommy, and with food in front of her, we can handle the baby, without, well, you risk being her food. We will be dealing with that over time. I am super glad that she is such a good mama, and we don’t have to worry about anything getting in that shouldn’t be there. Including turtles, as there is a dead one in there.
I got to watch mare foal to Snickers, and well, that is quite unusual. Normally mares won’t let you watch them. I hid around the corner of our garage, and got this shot:
Then she got up turned around twice walked to the left of where she is here and he was born.
I ran in quickly after he was born, when I saw him thrashing around trying to get out of the sack and broke it open around his face. I towel dried his face, head, and neck a bit as there was a cool breeze and I didn’t want him to get chilled. Here she is checking him out for the first time.
As soon as I could tell she was going to be fine with him, I backed away and kept watching. This is her first baby, and she is obviously in love with him.
Friday evening after Stormy and Snickers had a chance to bond well, we continued imprinting him and introduce our dog to him, so she would accept him as part of her family.
We are enjoying getting to know Snickers, and will be sharing more pictures of our adventures in making him a family horse.
Here are some pictures of him on Sunday: