Summer is not the best time for babies to be born on a farm, but it seems to be happening quite often around here lately.  Next year we plan to separate the boars and the sows so we won’t be having piglets in the hottest months.  Giving birth and nursing babies is very hard in high heat.  We have not lost any mama pigs this year, but it could definitely happen.  We pull the bulls out from the cows so they calve from September through May for the same reason.  When they calve in this heat, they are under way too much stress and the cows can even die.  They also do not give as much milk because of the heat stress.

Come On, Prissy, Let's Go

I had one mare bred this year, and she should have been due in June, but she held out until today to give us a July 4th baby.  It is a little boy (a colt) and he looks like he will be black (or a dark chocolate brown like his mother).   Kent called me this morning when he left out to let me know she had finally decided to have the baby.  When Sky got up we headed out to check out the new addition.  Even one of the cats went with us.  Here’s Prissy as she accompanied us.

Let's Take a Break

Sky had do stop and rest in the shade.  Even at 9am it was already getting hot out there.  Of course the dogs had to go too.  That’s Ranger (my Standard Poodle who needs his haircut finished).

 

 

 

 

The colt was only a few hours old when we got out there.  Molly, his mother, just wanted to rest.

Tired Mama

She’s a great kid horse, very much the babysitter, and she loves Sky.  I can put Sky on her out in the pasture without even a halter and Molly will stand very still.  Of course it only takes a short time for Sky to be ready to get down.  I was able to get right up to Molly and the baby, even carrying Sky.  Molly was less thrilled with the dogs wanting to see what was going on, but she let us come up and pet the baby while he nursed.  It’s always good to get your hands on a new foal as soon as possible so it accepts people easily.

When we got closer, she got up and I got a better look at the new boy.  Last year’s filly out of Molly, with the same father had a beautiful blanket over her rump when she was born.

Vacera, Last Year's Baby

The father of these two is a beautiful, cream colored horse with beautiful Appaloosa markings.  He is registered as a Tiger Horse, a registry for gaited horses with Appaloosa markings.  Gaited horses have extra gears.  They may trot, but they also do some smoother gait or gaits between a walk and a canter.  If you are not a horse person, that probably doesn’t mean much.  If anyone is interested, contact me and I’ll be happy to elaborate.

This year’s colt shows signs of developing spots.  He has stipes on his hooves, and the sclera of his eyes are white (most horses have brown pigment around the “colored” part of the eye, the “whites” of their eyes are not truly white.)  It will be fun to watch this boy’s coat change color.  Some of them develop spots over several years, sometimes changing every year of their life.   Here he is up close.

I'm So Hungry!

Whoa! How Do These Legs Work, Again?

Where Are We Going, Mom? 

 

Walking Home

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Yesterday was Grandpa’s birthday.  Sky helped him blow out the candle on his cake.  Of course, she helped him eat it, too.

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