This is Precious – a miniature Shetland pony filly born on Thursday morning.
We are helping out the breeder because Precious was a “red bag delivery”.
From The Horse Channel – “Red bag delivery” is a layperson’s term for premature separation of the placenta prior to or during a mare’s foaling.
The mare is on a course of antibiotics (intra-muscular) and, as we are on site 24/7, we can administer them. The mare was very unwell after the birth and nearly died.
The mare is not maternal towards her baby so we are encouraging bonding, nursing and pushing as much food, ie green grass and hard feed into Mum as possible, while getting as much milk into Precious as well. This is the mare’s first and only foal and she is not sure what to do but she is an easy mare and Precious is very hungry. We sometimes hold the mare as she tends to walk away mid-suck. She has now discovered carrots and is easily bribed!
OH has very kindly (but is not happy) let them into his garden. He was only saying the other day how he wished the grass was shorter. Well, now it will be!
Someone else is very aware that there is a pretty lady-girl nearby so Precious and her mother can only have access to the garden grass if they are supervised.
The others don’t care at all.
BeAnne, however, is thrilled.
This is her new little family.
I have just measured BeAnne. She is 13″ tall to her “withers”.
Anyway, this little duo will stay with us for at least a week. The breeder wants to give the foal a chance.
We are all aware that Precious’ legs are not the best.
And please don’t tell me your opinion about them. We are here to help, not to judge.
We are all doing our best for them.