The Waiting Game

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 17, 2009

**Guest post from Monica S.**

Look at those LONG legs!

Look at those LONG legs!

A newborn foal is one of the cutest babies in nature. The fuzzy nose and super soft fur is so adorable. Who wouldn’t melt at the sight? This year I have been lucky enough to be around four pregnant mares, one of whom lives at the barn I board my mares at. We have counted down the days since last June when she was bred and patiently waited for the birth of her young foal.

Her due date came … and nothing. A week passed, lots of moaning and groaning from mom, but no baby horse. Another week … STILL no baby! Call the vet. He says nothing to worry about. It’s her first foal and since we know it’s alive and kicking (much to Harley’s discomfort), he says we’re good. Two more weeks (we’re now a MONTH past her due date for those of you keeping track) and STILL no baby. Harley’s miserable. It’s hot and humid … those of you that have been pregnant during the summer understand how miserable it can be. Now imagine that your child weighs a few hundred pounds!

Hi world! I'm FINALLY here!

Hi world! I'm FINALLY here!

Two more weeks, we’re now six weeks overdue and nothing. Harley has now been pregnant for OVER a year! But, on the bright side, she is showing all the signs of an impending birth! It’s Monday night, June 29. Sue, Harley’s owner (and the owner of the barn that I board my girls at, Rose ‘N Wood Acres) and I are in the house talking and watching the Bachlorette (I know…). We talked about heading down to the barn to check on Harley, but decide to wait until the show is over. Fellow horse lovers, you know where this is going!

So, the show ends at 8 PM and we head to the barn. There, laying in the fluffy straw we have bedded the stall with is the most adorable, long-legged, wet foal! We missed the birth by about 10 minutes! He was perfect in EVERY way … except one. His dam Harley, SS Harlequin Heat, and his sire Gero, One Fine Guy, are both beautifully marked black and white pinto Saddlebreds. Notta (as he was later affectionately named) was a gorgeous, rich BAY! Not a single spot on him that we could see!

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

So … after all the weeks of waiting, it appeared we had a trickster on our hands. For his first trick, he stayed in the womb until he was darn ready to come out. Act 2: solid bay! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us as this little trickster grows up. Stay tuned …

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen B. September 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

Notta is adorable! Thanks for sharing the story and pictures with us…looking forward to more pictures as Notta grows.

Luanne Poindexter September 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

OH Notta,
What a beautiful precious baby. Now I’m walking around the house singing “somebody bet on the bob-tailed nag and somebody bet on the bay”. I don’t even think those are the right words to that song but when I was young and taking piano lessons my father “insisted” I learn Stephen Foster. I’ll have to look that one up on the net. Congratulations on a story well told and a wonderful feeling.

Monica S. September 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

Hi Luanne!

Thank you for the nice comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I think the song goes “bet my money on the bob-tailed nag, somebody bet on the bay” but I may be mistaken. 🙂 Stay tuned for more adventures of Notta’s. I have another post in the works.

Lisa October 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm

What a beauty! Can’t wait to see future pix! Congrats!

savaanah February 4, 2010 at 3:19 am

Hi the baby is cute i bet your so happy

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