The nights have been nearly sleepless at my home for the last few weeks. Ever since I lost my first foal of the year, I have been on high alert in expectation of the second foal.
I have spent all my nights in recent memory fighting to stay awake as I tossed and turned and tried to pry my eyes open to make sure all was well in the barn. Needless to say, I’ve been kind of useless at home recently.
A few nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a beautiful little bay miniature foal on the monitor of the barn camera. I started to get up and get dressed to head to the barn to help dry the little one off when I noticed I couldn’t see the mare in the stall. I finally managed to get myself fully away and realized the foal was only in my imagination. I was viewing the mare as she was lying down at a weird angle, and in my sleep deprived state, she looked like a foal to me.
At this point, I knew we had to be getting close to having a foal. I had reached full insanity by viewing the non-existent foal. I figured this level of craziness probably indicated I had maybe five more nights and then my mare would deliver her foal. When I raised goats, usually once I went crazy waiting for kids, it was a few more days until the actual delivery.
I was watching a movie Sunday night. I had chosen a nice long, scary one that wasn’t over until 12:30 a.m. I figured the scariness would help keep me awake until it ended and that the nightmares that followed would probably provide me enough fodder to stay awake on and off through the night to keep an eye on the expecting mare.
I noticed some odd behavior from the mare around midnight. I was convinced by 12:10 a.m. that she was in labor. By the time I made it to the barn a few minutes later, the foal was already partially delivered.
This delivery went very well. My mare delivered a wonderfully healthy and STRONG Appaloosa marked miniature filly.
Right now, I’m just relieved she has
arrived and is thriving. Now the work of training her to be a well-mannered and respectful citizen begins. Keep an eye on this blog and the Horse Sense page in Ohio’s Country Journal in the future for updates.
If anyone has tips on training a foal from birth, please feel free to leave a comment.