Jan. 4, 2010
The one thing I wanted to do over
our Christmas break was to put new rope lights up in the barn.
Here it is, Monday, January 4 and we don't have them up. Our
Christmas decorations are being put away by my wonderful
daughters, but my rope lights are not up. Let it go, Mom! We had
a great Christmas celebration. This is the one time during the
year that we don't homeschool. We caroled neighbors with our
miniatures, participated in the HUGE Phoenix Fiesta of
Light parade, in the Buckeye Light parade ("the Glow on Monroe")
and in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl Parade. In each parade, we were able
to get together about 10 drivers. We had a blast and the public
shared in the joy of Miniature horses.
In the Fiesta Bowl, a team of our
minis pulled an Antique Circus Clown wagon. APS and their group
of clowns, were our co-paraders. One member of our team is
Magic who is due in about a month.
Lily also participated in the parade
and is due in about a month. Lily's bag is filling quickly. If
she has the same foaling pattern as in 2008, she will sit with a
bulging full bag for days and not be ready.
here to see the actual Fiesta Bowl Parade 2010
In the Buckeye Light Parade, we won a trophy!
Jan 5, 2010
The rope lights are up! Lisa gives piano
lessons to some of our church family. Thus, we had a household today.
What a blessing it was that one of the dad's showed up as driver. He
grabbed the drill and started hanging hooks. YAY, the lights are up. One
step closer to babies.
It was also that depressing day of taking
down the Christmas decorations. I feel like the Grinch removing the last
ounce of red or green from my home. Our lighted minis and carts just
couldn't be packed away, so we moved them to the roof of the barn! They
make me smile when I see them from my kitchen window. Jess just had to
take this picture of the roof.
Jan 11, 2010
I splurged and bought the Equipage system. Lisa and I will both wear
beepers this year. Watch them not come until after babies arrive.
|Lily is progressing. I gave both
her and Morning their shots tonight which include WEE, EE, Flu,
Tetanus and WNV. I also got worried and put the foaling halter
on Lily and moved Magic into the foaling stalls. I suppose they
all are progressing, but Magic's bag is still very small.
Lily is a challenge for she does
not produce milk until after baby is out. Thus, I cannot test
her milk with milk strips. So mysterious! Makes me nervous.
Here is Lily's bag tonight. It seems
huge to me until I look back at the pictures from 2008. Her bag
looked like a balloon that year, so I am hoping we still have
She does not look dropped yet, but
this mare is in excellent shape. She even pulled a cart quite a
few miles yesterday.
It is almost midnight and Lily keeps
laying out on her side. I am watching her via the cameras while the rest
of the world sleeps!
Jan 12, 2010
Morning has the bloody milk coming out of her teats again, just like in
2008. I am not alarmed due to this being what happened before.
Jessie (age 12) is going to recap her 2008 birth: The
excitement is building! Six mini babies are due in about three months!
Majesty, Faith, and Luna are already in the world. The next looks like
it is going to be Morning. As the mares get close, we go check their
milk every night. Actually, I go check them every night because
everybody else can't seem to get any milk out. I go out to the barn for
my nightly check heavily laden with cups to catch the milk. After it is
in the cups, we test it to see when the mare is going to foal.
Morning is a little more timid than the rest, so I have to halter her.
After she is tied up, I proceed with the milking. Reaching my hand down,
I found her teat and started pulling and giving, pulling and giving.
Suddenly, I almost fell over backwards to see that the milk was solid
blood! I freaked out and ran in the house calling for Mom. None of us
knew what was going on or what to do. The next day, a friend who owned a
dairy came by. We asked him what was "wrong" with our horse. He said not
to worry about it and that it happens in cows, too. We also talked to Denice, a friend of ours, and she said the same thing with a little more
information on top. She said that it is called Rusty Pipe Syndrome.
Everyone says all will be fine. Well, the day that she is going to have
the baby comes around...although we didn't know it...and her milk is
pure white. Baby and milk were both fine!
Click here to
see us milking our her bloody milk
Jan 15, 2010
I splurged and bought the Equipage. Our other
years, I have used the Foaling buzzers, but we went to the quality
foaling alerts this year and bought the Equipage system. All 3 mares had
their bellies shaved today, thanks to Jess and David. Magic and Morning
are still looking to be out a ways, but Lily's bag has ballooned!
Jan 16, 2010
The Equipage system came today!! It is the day before my birthday
(Jessie) and we have some friends from church who are moving out here
soon. They came over earlier and brought pizza. We were playing a game
after dinner, when the pagers suddenly started going off. All of us
jumped up and ran back to mom's room to check the cameras. We haven't
left since then, and that was about 8:30pm, and is now 11:00pm. Morning
was walking in circles, pawing, not eating, standing funny, and her tail
is really loose. For the past three hours this has been going on. She is
also holding her tail out and to the side?!?! It is really funny,
because we were looking at Morning's 2008 record earlier. The night she
had her baby the website said, "A family from church brought us pizza
for dinner and they decide to wait the witness the foaling of Morning's
baby." We all cracked up because the same family from church brought us
pizza for dinner and decided to stay and watch Morning tonight! Anyways,
we are all sitting in here getting kinda goofy and mare-staring :) For
awhile, we thought she was colicing, until we realized that she was
acting like she was going to have a baby and not laying down and
||Thus, I got sent to the barn with
a milk cup to get her milk. It is still bloody, but not as deep
colored. It did not test like she was going to have it, but
according to our friend who hasn't owned horses for over 25
years, she is showing all the symptoms :) of foaling. Actually,
she has never had minis. We asked Mrs. R (our friend) how long
ago she had horses and how old she was now. We got that she
owned horses as a teenager, but couldn't get her age :) I said
39, her son said 42, and then 38, then 29, and it got worse and
worse until she decided that she would be better off to give us
her real age, 41. It sounded like we were having an auction :)
We have had a blast! Oh, and we got hungry, so Lisa and David
went to the kitchen and got the leftover pizza, quesadillas, and
chocolate bars. Interesting midnight snack!! Mom just laughed at
her own joke :) I think we're getting a bit delirious!!! Mom
says, "I think she has MORNING sickness." Oh no, now Mom is
throwing Kleenex boxes at David. Just kidding :) Well not
exactly, she did throw it, but because he needed it. But, it was
a very bad catch, so it banged into the window :)
You can see the purple Equipage thing
under her halter.
It is almost 1 AM and we are all going to
sleep! Mom is now taken over the computer and has concluded that Morning
is only having morning sickness. I am counting on Equipage to wake us if
we are needed. I am also banking on the fact that the milk strips did
not say that Morning would be having a baby.
Jan 18, 2010 I spend a lot of time trying
to figure out when baby is coming. I spend way too much time doing this
considering it is something I can't figure out. But, here is my new
insight. Lily's bag is huge. There is NO WAY she is waiting until Feb. 3
like my chart on top of this page says. So , I went back and looked at
her 2009 breeding dates. We bred her 2/17, 2/21 and 2/24. Then, she
accepted Donny again on 3/1, 3/2, 3/4, 3/5 and 3/7. But, what if she got
pregnant during the breeding that occurred in Feb. and the March
breeding dates are useless. If this is true, then 333 days from her last
breeding date of 2/24 would make her due on January 22, 2010. That seems
to match her progress better!
The date of January 22 is a sad one for me.
That is the day that the Supreme Court ruled abortion to be a
fundamental right of every woman. How our country is sinning against our
Lord. And, now we have elected the pro-abortion, Obama who voted against
a ban on
partial birth abortion. I pray that our country will follow 2
Chronicles 7:14 "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal
Last night, Lily laid down again and again and again. Not circling, but
she still did not want to be up. Her 2008 baby arrived about 10 PM, so I
hoping she does that again and does not torture us with a 3 AM arrival.
Our mares have tended to have their babies around the same time frame
each pregnancy. But, there are exceptions to every rule.
Onto Morning....If she actually got pregnant
on her first breeding to Warrior, then her last breeding date would have
been 2/16/09. In 2008, she gestated for 341 days making her due also on
January 22. Well, maybe January 22 will take on a new meaning for me.
January 21, 2010
Could she get any
bigger? She is so full. We are getting record amount of rain
here in Phoenix. Lisa, Jess and I spent the morning berming the
stalls so that the rain does not slide in. Hopefully, she will
have a dry stall. I think I need to ask Bill to bring me some
straw so I can make the stall dry in a hurry if need be. Phoenix
only gets about 7 inches of rain per year and we are getting 4
inches in this storm. Our land, barn, etc, is not structured for
that much rain!
Bill came home and
our General Store was out of straw. My luck! Lily looks even
bigger by night fall. Everyone keeps saying that this huge storm
we are enduring is going to cause my mares to foal. Well, Lily
looks ready anyways, but Morning and Magic do not.
My pasture is a lake!
|Just when I think that there is
no way Lily can wait any longer to have that baby, I look back
at her pictures in 2008. This picture to the right was taken
3/21/08 and and this was 14 days before she foaled. So, we could
still be in for a long wait. Why do I emphasize the bag so much?
There are many signs to help us predict the time of foaling.
Click here to read some. I plug numbers into the
foaling calculators and try and
calculate when this will happen.
I found straw today and reassembled
our foaling kit. Click here to see
what we have inside of it.
January 23, 2010 by Jessie, now age 13!
| We just came home from a
farewell party for a family in church who is moving to Germany,
and just Mom and I (Jessie) came home to milk-strip the mares. I
went down to the barn, and started milking Morning. Her bag is
still tiny, but she has WHITE milk. Out of the teat that usually
gives blood, was coming milk and blood. I would get a streak of
blood, and then milk. Out of the other teat it is totally white.
Then I went to Magic's stall. This whole time Lily was laying
down, but she wasn't laying flat out, and my big horse Tommy was
down. I figured it was nothing, obviously horses lay down
sometimes!! I finished Magic (although I couldn't get anything
over two drops) and went into Lily's stall. I stood there for a
couple minutes in her stall without her getting up, which is
unusual. Lily is usually pretty touchy and will get up quickly.
Then I started clucking at her and urging her to get up. Nothing
happened. I grabbed her foaling halter and didn't pull hard,
because I knew I could force her up, but I didn't want to go
there yet. She still didn't move. I called Mom and she came down
and told me to grab her halter and pull her up. She came up
then, and she has DROPPED!! Right above her tail head has
totally caved in and is as soft as it can be for a horse who is
very in shape! We are getting there on Lily. Well, I guess we
have been saying that for a while now!! Last Sunday, Mom said
Lily couldn't hold out another week. She has one night left!!!
Magic's bag is REALLY growing. The teats are still pointing in,
and she doesn't have enough milk to test yet. Her bag has grown
quickly. Lily has a very strange dip in her teats and I don't
know what it is. You can see it in the picture of Lily. The
black bag is Magic and the pink
bag is Lily. Magic does not worry us like Lily
does. This is because Magic will give us milk that we can test
with and Lily never gives any milk.
This is Magic the night before
birth. "They" say that the teats will be pointing straight
down when it is time to foal. Even after baby is born, her
teats are still pointing in.
Lily on the other hand has been
pointing straight down for over a week and no baby!
Jan 26, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
After yesterday's birth, I am so convinced
that if a person breeds a miniature mare, that they then need to read
and read and talk to others about the emergency situations. In 2008,
we went to a clinic on dystocia and took
notes that are outlined on our site. By breeding a mare, this is the
commitment that we made. The book, The Complete Book of Foaling,
is an excellent tool. When an emergency birth occurs or any type of
dystocia, you will not have time to wait for your vet, or your neighbor.
Be ready. The dystocia that we helped with in 2009 could have had a
disastrous outcome if intervention was not immediate. The longer you
wait to intervene, the more the baby gets crammed against the pelvic
wall and the tighter everything gets. If you are there when it all
starts, you can intervene by rearranging baby and help out, most of the
time. Yes, we call our vet, but thankfully, we have been able to call as
he is on his way and tell him that baby is out and all is well.
When we started, I ordered 2 of the
Foal Buzzers . These worked,
and I used a Sony Baby Monitor to pipe the sound into my bedroom. The
problem is that the roosters and the Pyrenees were also piped into my
bedroom. You can see how we set up the
barn using this system by clicking here. These $60 buzzers worked
adequately, but there are many advantages to the Equipage system. Thus,
I took the big plunge on my birthday this year and bought the Equipage
system from Kee-Port. It was worth it.
Here is the link to read
about this system. When this beeper sounds off in my bedroom,
it wakes me up. I think it is easier to discern because I don't have the
roosters and banging of the feeders to sleep through. When we were using
only the buzzers, I had to learn to sleep through a lot of noise. This
made it so I would also sleep through the buzzer noise. With the
Equipage system, I can also silence the beeper from my bedroom when
there is a false alarm. There are also not so many false alarms. The
buzzers sound off whenever a mare shakes her head; whereas the Equipage
only beeps if the mare has been laying down flat for more than 8-10
seconds. The Equipage beepers are also something I can wear and walk
even to my neighbor's home and still be within range. When I was relying
on the buzzers, I had to stay by a Sony Baby Monitor that had a very
limited range. So far, the Equipage has worked up to a mile away.
Seven people slept in
my bedroom last night with their hopes on meeting baby
Lily/Donny. Baby Magic has been called Joy by everyone
that sees her. She has met many, many people already. Mom has a
clipper addiction and has taken them to her whiskers. This is
one sweet filly!
|Jan 29, 2010
We are really hoping that
Lily has her baby tonight because there is a full moon. But, this is no
regular full moon. It's supposed to be the biggest full moon of the
year, so we are crossing our fingers that it pulls that baby out of
Lily. We have our "adopted" sister, Kailey, our cousin, and her daughter
here to spend the night and hopefully witness a baby being born. So,
we'll see if the theory over the full moon holds any weight or not. Lily
has been laying down for the past half hour or so, but no
action......yet. We will update later!
She is leggy!
Bailey, her handsome daddy, is FAST
and could out trot most anyone! She is
Click here to go the February Nursing
We have kept journals during all of our
births. This began to help a friend in Maine, but then we discovered
that it was a good way to keep track of a mare's foaling pattern. Here
are previous journals:
Miniature Horse Foaling/Nursery
Journal of 2008!!!!!
2008 Includes our pre-foaling preparations
March 2008 Includes the foaling by
Lucky Four Real Doll
April 2008 Includes the birth by
Magic, Lily, Morning and.....(Read about 2 mares foaling the same night!)
May 2008 Includes the birth by Jewel
Miniature Horse Foaling/Nursery
Journal of 2009!
Foaling by LK Supreme Dream mare!
June 2009 Foaling by Orion Light Vant
Huttensest daughter (dystocia)