Thursday, May 27, 2010

Clockwork


If Jubie were human, she'd be one of those ultra-organized women. Yesterday morning Jubie had her long-awaited foal, and she's definitely the most efficient mare I've ever dealt with! She was restless all night, but at that point had shown no signs of waxing - not that a mare needs to wax before she foals. I turned her out as usual at 7:30am after she'd had her breakfast - and she was waxing, so I knew I wouldn't be letting her out of my sight for long. She finished her hay, but broke out in a good sweat, so I thought, okay, this might be sooner rather than later! I cleaned her stall and banked it with lots of fresh straw, went inside and grabbed the phone, then came back to the barn and brought her in and wrapped her tail. She was going down as soon as I turned her loose, and it was time to play foaling assistant! Shortly after, Jubie had a new filly on the ground. I had just enough time to do everything.

I'm so used to having foals on the coldest days of winter, it's quite a change to have one in the middle of a May heatwave! Both mare and baby are doing well so far, and Jubie is an amazing mom. Next year, it's back to February foals, so I'll enjoy this while I can!

4 comments:

Kristen H said...

She is absolutely beautiful, and I love the connection between mom and foal that you captured!

Linda Shantz said...

Jubie is the most attentive of moms! It's very sweet.

Sue Steiner said...

you gotta love those mares that are good mommas! Puts many people to shame! Beautiful horses and beautiful photography.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to the two new moms-lovely foal!