We will be (all fingers/toes crossed) a Grandmother!

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.

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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.



8 thoughts on “We will be (all fingers/toes crossed) a Grandmother!

  1. Karen

    Oh my goodness, how exciting. I will be keeping EVERYTHING crossed for you all and hope to have a sneaky peak as I am up for 3 weeks this year mid June to 11 July! I know the odds are against it but I’m with Daisy…a bay would be stunning 🙂

  2. Linda

    You said it: ” What a gorgeous mix of Handsome Prince and Loving Gracious Lady”
    CONGRATULATIONS – and you know how much fun this is going to be for us to follow 🙂

  3. Deb Twomey

    Oh I can’t wait!! The foal will be gorgeous. Do we wish for male or female? I ,too, will be a grandmother in July. 2 black medium Shetlands. Think it will be black?? I am wishing for a little girl to cuddle.

  4. Terri

    Wonderful news about the Bebbie-in-Waiting! (holding breath till late June….) It will be interesting to see what these two beauties produce. We’ll love it, whatever!

  5. Jean Ward

    Congratulations Frances! I shall follow with interest and perhaps come to visit if I’m up in August as usual.

  6. Kelly

    Ohhh I had been wondering about this! SO exciting! It’s bound to be a BEAUTIFUL bebbie, no matter what. Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.


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