Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Epona and Mama Thrive


Epona and Cowgirl continue to do well, but we keep a close eye on them, as the first week of life is the most fragile for a foal. She is very inquisitive and will come to us whenever we are in their pen. Cowgirl talks to her and tells her it's okay to trust us. Believe me, I know how to speak Cowgirl's language, and if she doesn't want her baby doing something, you know!


Sometimes I go out and let Epona smell my face, and Cowgirl will reach down and nuzzle my face, too. Those are the sweetest moments. Cowgirl trusts us. And, I try to live up to her trust.

We have stopped treating Epona's umbilicus because it is small, and it is dry, and she was being upset by the treatment. I've had friends tell me they've always used iodine on it, once, and then let them be, but the vet had us use chlorhexidine 3 times per day for 3 days. That was just too much.

We are in a heat wave, with temps projected in the 90's this week, so I'm watching her closely for hydration. Next week, they dip back to the 70's.  Cowgirl allows her to sleep wherever she wants to lie down, and that just happens to be out in the sunshine.


Though we weren't warned about a retained placenta, we were warned about a retained umbilical cord on the foal. If that had happened, they told us to clamp it and cut it, so that it wouldn't drag the ground and leach bacteria into the baby. I'm thankful that did not occur, and the umbilical snapped off as it should. It remained on Cowgirl, but I was able to tie it into knots and get it off the ground. Cowgirl wasn't pooping, as she had cleaned out before the birth, and I see that as another miracle, since the afterbirth and placenta were so exposed.

Because it's so hot, I have to work with Tumbleweed in the mornings, and as we did that today, I realized I don't think of him as the baby anymore.  That role has been usurped by Epona.  All this time, I've tried to make myself stop seeing him as a baby, and just like that, it happened. He's just my boy now. And honestly, that's a good thing!


Because, we have grown-up things to do.




 

9 comments:

  1. Eponymous is just a gorgeous girl. I love her. She and Cowgirl seem so calm and trusting of you. Love that she nuzzles you. Tumbleweed is a big boy now no more baby. He’s a beautiful boy and is coming into his own. I think you’ll both have a great time together.

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    1. Thank you. ❤️ They are very trusting. A friend went out today, and Epona kicked up at her, so she does know the difference between us and others. My friend now calls her sassy. 😂 Tumbleweed loves everyone, but I remember my first visits when he wasn’t too sure of me, but loved Shirley!

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  2. Epona...I hate spell check . Should have look before I hit send. Doh!

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  3. What a beautifully marked filly. You hit the Appaloosa jackpot there! Can you post a photo of her sire?
    T'weed looks all grown up now, easy not to think of him as a baby now.
    This should be a wonderful summer for you guys!

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    1. I will post photos of him and his sire. Cowgirl had eyes for his sire when she was a three year old, but he has passed now. They had bred him to an appy and got the beautiful stud of Sarah’s. So far, his babies have all had good minds. Some have had a little color, and one colt had a lot, but somehow died. Epona is probably his flashiest so far. She’s his only foal this year. Next year, he has ten, I think. He’s 7 years old.

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  4. What a sweet photo of Epona nuzzling your hand! Glad baby & mama are doing so well. Tumbleweed looks all grown up & ready for the grown-up things you look forward to. We are forecasted to get those high 90F temps this weekend. Ugh! Not a fan.

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    1. It’s horrible!! It got so hot today, Epona was sweating in the sun—just roasting. I had a major freak out and got them into the barn and locked up. She quickly regulated and refueled and tonight she was full of it, running around at sundown. But those temps are deadly. The older horses hated it, too. They hung out in the shade or asked to be let into the barn. Ugh. Go away 🌞!

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  5. I am so glad that Mom and baby are doing well. she is so pretty and I love that picture of the three in the paddock.

    And Tumbleweed has changed from a gangly teenager to a handsome horse.

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    1. Thank you. He is looking more grown up each day!

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