Double Magic Lady is a fantastic mare. She is definitely a
favorite and treasured girl bringing joy to all of us and
especially to my oldest daughter.
It is the morning of April 2 and the
milk is in enough to test. The four squares change in 45
seconds. That tells us we are 24-48 hours away from having
another baby. Magic spends the day grazing alongside Dolly and
her new baby in the sunshine. In the afternoon, she is bathed
and loved on. I see Lisa holding Magic's belly and praying.
Jessie and Lu (our Foreign
exchange student) are so excited , they sleep on my floor below
the monitoring TVs. Yet, no baby comes tonight!
||April 3rd and we awaken to wax on
her teats! Even though we see some outward changes, I tend to
trust the calcium levels in the milk most of all. The strips are
down to changing in 20 seconds by this morning.
At 1:15PM. the strips are changing in
4 seconds. We are having baby very, very soon. I am off to hook
up the trailer!
This mare is a favorite of ours
and belongs to my oldest daughter. May the Lord deliver this one
safely and keep momma safe!!
April 4, 2008
It is 8:12 AM, and I just came up from
cleaning up the barn. I couldn't stop myself from singing the song
by Rich Mullins, "Surely God is with us", the entire time.
Both Magic and Lily foaled!!
A crowd had gathered at our home knowing
that Magic's milk test strips were saying that she was ready to
foal. The monitoring TVs are in my bedroom, so that was the place to
be. Magic's camera was rotating between 3 stalls with a 5 second
pause on each stall. Because we knew Magic would foal within the
next few hours, one neighbor suggested that I freeze the camera on
Magic's stall. Sounded like a good idea....she was laying down and
getting up, laying down and getting up, etc. In one of the other
stalls was Dolly and her cute boy and in the other stall was Lily.
Lily was eating peacefully, and besides, she still had not expressed
any milk from her tight bag.
My bedroom has never had 16 people in it
all the same time. Whew!!! We needed an excuse to stop staring at
Making cookies in the kitchen sounded
like a good idea, so 6 of us were off for a late night snack. Lu
(foreign exchange student) was in charge of the Oatmeal Chocolate
Chip cookies and the rest of us sat at the table talking. The
minutes were clicking by slowly, so Jessie and her friend ran down
to the barn to collect milk for another
Magic milk test. The cookie dough was being stirred!!! Yum. All
of a sudden, through the night and up from the barn, came the
loudest scream I have heard in a long time.
Meet Painted Sun's
Once In A Blue Moon, aka Luna
|Forget the cookies
and we all RAN to the barn. Jessie's mouth hung open
as she stood over a baby in
LILY's stall. The baby's back legs were still in
the sack and momma was standing there wondering what
all the fuss was about. The sack was open, baby was
fine, and momma had even expelled the placenta.
Just that day, a few
of us had debated whether we liked pintos with more
white or if a pinto with more dark color was
desirable. I declared I liked more white.
Lily (MY mare) must've heard me, for her baby
was white!!! My oldest prefers more dark on
her pintos. (Magic is
Lily's filly is all
white, black head, white tipped nose, her tail
starts white at the top and ends up black at the
bottom. There is one small black flank spot. I think
this pattern is called Morrocan...but don't hold me
to it. There is a white Crescent Moon shape on her
forehead. She quickly earned the name "Painted Sun's
Once In A Blue Moon!"
and we will call her "Luna." Her breeding is FWF
Little Blue Boy,
Buckeroo and Aeronosa.
And, our ring test was
accurate on this baby :)
Click here to see
this baby attempting to stand for the first time!
|While we were still shaking
our heads, thanking our Lord and celebrating
Lily's birth, Lisa presents
Magic's poop to me over the railing. Looked like cow
pie! Oops, we'd better get the Betadine on the umbilicus and
head out of the barn, so Magic
can relax. Trekking up to the home, the excitement was
obvious! Oh, and those cookies?? They finally just made it
into the oven.
|Bzzzzz, went the timer on the
cookies, but all was interrupted by Jessie appearing with
"Magic is pushing!" Lu cracked me up when she opened the
oven door and with a flustered face said, "I don't what to
do?!?!" My retort....was, "FORGET the cookies!!" All 16 of
us stealthily snuck down to the barn again. Yes! We are able
to capture Magic's entire delivery on camera.
God painted my mare's baby just
the right color for me with more white and He painted Lisa's
mare's baby just the right color for her with more dark
color. Magic had a beautiful black and white filly! The ring
Click here to watch a
video of the birth.
Magic's baby presented correctly at
first, but then the second foreleg did not progress as quickly as
the first one. It was getting hung up. We interfered right away, and
put that leg back on track, and the birth progressed quickly and
|Some treasured moments
occurred when 5 of the spectators told us that they had
never seen a baby born before. The other treasured moment
was when all of us held hands and Lisa thanked our Lord for
the safe delivery!
Click here to see a video of the baby running at one day
old! She is absolutely adorable!
to return to the April portion of the foaling journal
to read about the foaling of Lucky Four Real Doll
here to read about the foaling of Tibbs Morning Star