Foaling Journal for May 2009
Follow our Dream!
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May 5, 2009
We just have one mare due this spring to foal. All of us were sad that we will not be having 6 babies like we did last year, but the Lord is in control of even our barn. The mare due to foal is one of my favorite girls. Dream is very correct and balanced, but in addition to her conformation, she is so sweet, calm and is our fastest trotter of all of our mares. Tonight was the last time we will drive her until after we meet her baby. She hardly fits between the shafts. Her other outstanding attribute is her very feminine eye-catching face. We were able to see one of her previous babies and that same face was on her.
Her last day of breeding to Warrior was July 5, 2008, but she resisted the breeding and was not as anxious. This was a change from her breeding on July 3, 2008 when she was very willing. Thus, I am assuming she took on July 3, 2008. Today is day 306. I start checking our mares after the 300 day mark.
Our cameras are up already and the barn is ready. I need to make sure our foaling kit is in order. Dream was given her vaccination today. I always want to do that within 30 days prior to foaling so that the baby benefits from protective antibodies from the mare. Reviewing our list of what to do 30 days prior to foaling is helping me remember all the necessities.
We were able to witness a breech birth last month, which sadly resulted in the loss of the baby. It was a helpful learning experience and I put a video of that sad night on my dystocia page.
Dream is cooperating nicely with our desires to test her milk to predict time of foaling. She has bagged up and we are able to express milk. A neighbor who bred a daughter of Orion Light Vant Huttenest (yes, an actual daughter!) to our Warrior, is due at the exact same time. This mare has no bag and we are not able to test any milk from her.
May 11, 2009
Well, we had quite the shock when we milk tested Dream tonight! We are on day 312!
May 12, 2009
At 3:35 AM, the Lord woke me up! I rubbed my eyes as I watched Dream go up and down on the TV that casts its light in my bedroom all through foaling season. Grabbing for my glasses, I just couldn't believe my eyes. This was the night. Bill called me "Chicken Little" later as I ran through our home alarming my daughters. As Lisa and I scrubbed our arms, I prayed and prayed. We got all the way to the barn when I realized I had left the Chlorhexidine in the kitchen. I thought I was doing well to have grabbed my phone, camera, tackroom key and spare camera battery. As I sprinted up to the house, Lisa, Anna and Jess witnessed the feet emerging. Breathless from my sprint, I arrived to meet baby sliding out the back door of Dream! So perfect and so tiny!