Isabelle turned 7 weeks old today, and she also had her first visit from the vet. Look how big she’s gotten in only 7 weeks! For comparison, her mom, Annabelle, is 18 hands.
Of course Dukie was there to look on, jealous that all the attention wasn’t on him. As the vet was leaving, he called Duke “the perfect fat farm dog.”
Back to the visit: The vet made friends with her, chatted with us about her birth, training, and eventual weaning, breeding Annabelle again next summer, and the merits of artificial insemination vs. natural. Apparently there’s a 30% pregnancy rate with AI as opposed to about an 85-90% pregnancy rate the old-fashioned way. We’d love to breed Annabelle with Isabelle’s dad again, but he’s out in Michigan. At least we have a year to figure it out! As for Isabelle’s checkup, the vet listened to her heartbeat and then gave her a shot for tetanus, West Nile, and Western and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. He said he didn’t want to give her too many shots at once, and he’ll come back in 4 weeks. When he gave her the shot, my dad scratched her neck, I scratched her rump, and the vet sneakily gave her the shot. She didn’t even notice. During the exam, Annabelle munched happily on grain.
As the vet said goodbye to me, he told me he couldn’t believe how lucky we were to get such a nice horse from the internet. He said it was like a fairy tale. We agree!
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Follow along with Isabelle the Shire as she strolls today…
I woke up this morning in the barn after a long night’s sleep. We had a busy day yesterday visiting with people.
After breakfast, we had a quick bath. Here’s my mom Annabelle getting washed.
Now it’s my turn. I don’t really like to stand still during a bath, I’d rather go run!
When we finally got to the pasture, I ran and ran and ran! I love to run around the big open field! I’m so fast!!! Sometimes I go too fast and fall down…
But I jump right back up and keep running!
I got hungry, so I stopped running for a little while and then I took a nap.
See you later!
To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.
- bacon- our pig
- clams- farm raised by Ed and his brother
- tomato, scallions, herbs- our garden
- cheese- made in New England
- dough- homemade
I meant to make homemade ricotta for the pizzas today, but instead I visited with the horses and swam in my parents’ pool. When I got home I made the dough, but once it was all mixed together, I got a call from my mom asking me to come help bring Annabelle and the baby up to the barn, since a thunderstorm was coming and my brothers weren’t home yet. I left the dough, got poured on, got stuck in the barn for about a half-hour since the lightning was so close. I kneaded the dough when I got home, but it was still kind of flat. Even so, the pizza was yummy.
And by the way, we named the baby horse Isabelle.
We took Annabelle and her baby out to the pasture for the first time today, in an area that was partitioned off from the other animals. We stayed with them for a few hours, to make sure they were comfortable, and to visit with anyone who stopped by to see the new horse.
After a little getting used to, the filly decided to run around the pen, nurse, and check out her new surroundings. Annabelle got right to grazing.
It was all so exciting, and we could tell she was getting tired. But she didn’t want to go to sleep! (Do you see gold bug?)
Finally, she couldn’t stay awake any longer and drifted off to sleep. Annabelle stopped grazing and stood over her baby as she slept. It was so sweet.
Little girl, you’ve had a busy day.
Majestic, like mom
Will you be my friend?
Barn swallow Mommy
It’s a girl! When my dad went up to feed Annabelle this morning, he spotted extra little legs under the fence. Annabelle had given birth overnight, cleaned the baby, buried the afterbirth, and both of them are happy and healthy. I woke up this morning to a call from my mom that the baby had arrived! Needless to say, I grabbed my camera and jumped in the car to see her.
She’s a spotted draft, just like her dad.
I can’t quite imagine how she ever fit in Annabelle’s belly.
Duke wanted to go in the pen, but it’s best if he stays away for now.
We were surprised by how clean both of them were. Annabelle is proving to be a great mom. She’s protective but will allow us to go in the pen and even briefly pet the filly. Her fur is so soft!
So, it’s time for us to think of a name. Options so far include Emma, Isabelle, Belle, and Bella. We want their names to go together nicely.
Annabelle seems to know that we won’t hurt her baby, but we still want to give them quiet time alone.
Annabelle and her baby will move out to a separate pen by the farm market in a few days. Until then, they have some privacy.
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