Thursday, May 07, 2009


Remember Oakie?  When her sister Tia came home to the Little Valley from the Homestead Up North, Oakie took up residence at the Homestead.  Susan's parents have foaled out a few mares there.  Did you know I've never seen a foal being born?  None of our mares have ever been pregnant.  

At 7 am this morning, Pa went outside and what did he see in the corral, against the backdrop of misty Bruce County scenery?

Oakie and her brand new baby.  He figures she was less than an hour old by the time he found them.  I'll always be amazed at how these little guys get moving.  They're born to run.  They really are.  Look at those legs!

Everybody say it with me now, cuz I know you're just dying to:   AWWWWWWW!

Look at those floppy little ears!  Look at that gorgeous white blaze!  Those long legs of hers are almost crossing each other, but they don't!  She's so cute!

And Oakie's a good mother.  This is either her second or third foal. 

Just in time for Mother's Day.  Warms your heart, doesn't it?  You know it does.


JKB said...


*dies of teh key-ootness*

What a little lady

Kerri said...

She's beautiful. Does she have a name? Forgive my lack of knowledge, but can horses give birth w/o help?

Marni said...

OMG... so frackin' cute!

Heidi the Hick said...

Couldn't you just die of cuteness???

For now they are calling her "May" but it's hard to say what her registered name will be.

Horses can give birth without help, as long as there are no complications. They babies have to come out with the front hooves first, one slightly in front of the other so that the shoulders aren't too wide to fit, and the nose resting on the knees.

Now think of everything that *could* go wrong and you'll know why my mom doesn't want anything to do with pregnant mares. Those sows hardly ever had problems. They didn't even bother lying down first half the time.

Animals are amazing. I sure as heck wasn't ready to get up and walk around less than an hour after I birthed my babies. And my babies were tiny compared to Oakie's baby!

Astaryth said...

When I was younger and working out in the 'industry', spring always meant little baby foals. I miss them soooo much. She's beautiful, and I just have to say it... Awwwwwwwww!

marsh to the fore said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! These pictures are awesome! Good enough to make up a book. Make up a book with them Heidi! Make up a book! I'll die if you don't make up a book!

Pant pant. The pictures are so amazing!

I have never seen one so young.

pseudosu said...

Cutosterone poisoning alert!!!!!

OMG-- are those white socks and a little white in her tail too? Too adorable! Great pics!

Biddie said...

Warming my heart as we speak :)

hayseed said...

awwww!! Best Mother's day visual EVER!

Angela said...

Adorable! I'm looking forward to lots more pix of her!

May I suggest that the mare's halter be removed during turnout so that the foals hoof doesn't get caught in it while her head is down and grazing.