A little time in the garden - perfect chance to see what the little dog is up to
Wow - my fan club is amazing already! I was only introduced to the web this afternoon and already I have a lot of questions to answers!!
3 weeks on!
Dare we begin to give him a name?!?
So, this little guy is growing in strength all the time and has moved from the bottle to a bucket! And the milk is being 'guzzled'! His foal creep pellets have arrived and at 3 weeks he is starting to act more like a horse!
We are even managing to stretch his night feeds longer and sleep is something we are getting back!!
As we did not really know his fate, naming him seemed all to real, but I think it's time to think of a name! He can't be "Mr foalie" or "buddy" for much longer! "Buddy" came about because of the numnah he was wearing as a rug - a 'Buddies' one!! But with Spring eventually arriving and warmer air, the rug and the bubble wrap leg warmers have been ditched!
It of course, has to be an Icelandic name - and there are a few suggestions - but maybe he needs your help and we can do some online competition........
Born on Easter Sunday (31st March 2013)
"Having bred several foals for many years - the outcome is not always what you expect.
Of course you are excited to see the new arrivals and plan carefully for their entry to the world and watch in wonder as to how it will be in 5, 10 years time.
In the last couple of days of pregnancy - you become aware of the mares behavior - and you know it will be soon. When the behavior changes and all does not seem right - then you start to panic! This was our reaction for our first due foal of the year - the mare was not right.
Easter Sunday and the foal was born, it was hard work and the mare was exhausted - the foal not well either.
After a lot of initial treatment and many long hours - we now have an orphaned foal. Day 4 and he is finding his feet and strength - and there is no kidding to the hours you have to put in to keep the foal fed and warm and try your best to not treat them like pets - if he survives - he will be a horse and not a dog!
The outcome is still unknown, but the foal has a fighting chance.
Sadly we lost the mare just a few days later.
Breeding horses has often been described to me as an expensive hobby - it is - and a tough one too!"