Please keep everything crossed for a successful delivery and healthy foal in late June!
Yes, Hetja is pregnant – we had a blood test done and it has been officially confirmed. I am trying very hard not to be over-excited as there is a long way between now and June.
Here is some technical bumf, most of which I will admit means very little to me as I nodded off when we did genetics in Biology at school.
But, from what I can see and workout, there is a 71% chance that the foal will be five-gaited (please please) and a 50% chance it will be chestnut, though Daisy is crossing everything for a bay.
I am thrilled as we were beginning to wonder whether Hetja was in foal or not. She is not showing any signs of being a different shape, although we kept telling ourselves it was early days. However, she did get narky when Jo touched under her belly, when trying to have a look, which is not like her at all. Hetja has perfect manners as befits the lady she is.
We also wondered because everyone hated each other when introduced last July and this is a first for both Taktur and Hetja. So they evidently seem to have worked out which bit went where.
(OMG, remember that? Summer – with grass, flowers, no mud – I feel faint).
Hetja will be a wonderful mother.
She is that instant maternal type and has been Esja’s surrogate mother since their arrival in Shetland.
A bebbie – I can’t wait. What a gorgeous mix of Handsome Prince and Loving Gracious Lady.