Welcome to the world ….
Efstur from Thordale
Chestnut colt foal with a star and four white socks (maybe, not sure now)
Born: 03:43 21.05.2016
Sire: Álfur frá Selfossi IS2002187662
Dam: Brá frá Reykjavík IS2001225271
It was an easy birth. We (Brá, Hetja, Wussums, BeAnne and I) had been awake, watching and waiting all night. In the evening, I had brought the girls up, but it was very obvious as the night went on that Brá was unsettled and wanted to be out in the big field. I was reluctant to do this as I would not be able to see anything.
When it grew just light enough for me to be able to see them in the field from the van, I opened the gate and they immediately went as far away as they could!
I was doing well until I had a sudden dip at 03:00 and desperately wanted to sleep. So I set my alarm for 20 minute intervals and put my head down next to BeAnne’s snoring self. Wu sat on the dashboard. Suddenly BeAnne lifted her head and so I woke up and looked out to see Brá rolling on the opposite side of the hill with that tell-tale white balloon coming out of her bottom.
I grabbed my camera and rushed out, with everyone, and I mean everyone, following me – that would be 6 sheep, BeAnne and Wussums.
When we reached Brá, her foal was emerging, no bag on the face so we all stood back and waited.
Ten minutes later, while Brá and foal were resting, the sheep came up to investigate this new arrival and Bra was fine with it. Most odd but lovely, none the less. I had decided by then that this was a filly foal.
Having watched the meet n’greet, I went back to the van to get my phone. Bjorn wanted to know the minute the hooves were on the ground. He came over immediately and confirmed that Brá had given birth to a colt.
Somehow I missed filming the stage when Brá’s colt stood up. It was a long wobbly process and I managed to press the wrong button on the camera.
Having checked that everyone was fine, I finally went to bed elated that nature had taken care of everything sp efficiently and well. There was no need for any intervention at all. The best kind of foaling.
A few hours later…….
I think I am in love – it’s those ears.