Monday, January 18, 2021

I have a foal!!!!!

I'm sooooo excited!!! The foal has arrived!!!!!!

It is a little colt and his name is Rip.  Anyone a fan of Yellowstone?  ;-) I haven't decided on a registered name yet - I still have time to sort that out before sending in his papers.

This is the first pic that I was sent from the farm where she is boarded to foal out.  He was born at 12:36pm.  Apparently this mare likes to foal during the day and not at night!  This is her 4th foal in 3 pregnancies.  Her last was 3 years ago and she had twins (both survived and are doing well now).  Luckily there was only one this time.

My friend that co-owns the mare and foal with me called and I could barely make out what she was saying since she was so excited! lol. After a minute, I figured out that she was on her way to my house to pick me up so we could go see him. Unfortunately the barn is about 1.5 hours away, but worth it for the care Mom and baby are receiving.

Being smol is tiring!

The little guy was about 3 hrs old when we got there.  He was up and trying to nurse and figure things out.  He has a nice big blaze and at least 2 socks - I was looking at pictures again today and can't quite tell (he was in straw and shavings) if he has more white on his little legs!  

I got to pet his wee little muzzle, so that made my day.  :-)  Is there anything better than soft foal (horse, pony) muzzles?  Not really, in my opinion!

He is just the cutest little guy - his colour is quite light right now - but I expect he will get darker over the coming weeks. Mare and stud are both dark sorrel, so I expect that is where he will land eventually.  We did wonder with the little dorsal stripe you can see in this pic if he would stay this light (red dun?) but I don't think that is possible genetics-wise.  

The barn owners sent this pic this morning - sooo cute!  

I'm clearly gaga for this little guy - #sorrynotsorry!

I'm going back to see him again on Thursday, so I'll have more pics to share.

I also have a good update on Fred, but he will have to wait. He's been upstaged by his little brother!

16 comments:

  1. oooooooh my goodness, he is PRECIOUS!!!! congratulations, you must be so excited and relieved to finally have him here! i love his sweet little face and look forward to seeing more of it <3 <3 <3

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  2. Yay!!! Congrats!!! So so cute.

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  3. He is beautiful! Congratulations! AS for the stripe... many foals have a dark stripe down their backs that fades with their baby coat shedding out, regardless of color. I love a red horse with a white blaze so I'm extra excited. Can't wait to watch him grow up :)

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    1. Thanks! Makes sense about the stripe fading when the baby coat sheds. I expect he'll be a dark red. :-)

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  4. AHHHHH!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    What a cutie! Can't wait to watch him grow, keep the pics coming!

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    1. Thanks! Going for more pics hopefully Thursday!

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  5. OOOOOh. He's the cutest little red foal. Mom looks great too.

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    1. Thanks! Mom seems to be doing well - she didn't even look tired when we were there on Sunday.

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  6. Congratulations! He's so cute! Love the blaze!

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  7. soooo cute. Nothing cuter than a newborn foal!! Congrats!! He looks like he will be quite flashy too! Win win!

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