Sunday, June 27, 2021

Foxy, My Not-Pregnant-Mare, Has Developed Milk


The heat wave has begun, and it's already taking its toll on the horses. You can see the energy zapped out of them during the day, and it's hard to watch. We haven't even reached the maximum temps of 109. I'm curious how equestrians who live in Arizona and Nevada handle temperatures like this. 

If Epona was 100%, and drinking water, I'd feel a little better. I poured a bucket of water over her yesterday. She wasn't too sure about that, but she didn't fight much either. I'll do the same thing today. She had five days of no milk coming out of her nose, but today she stopped nursing to itch her leg, and some milk came out. I was like, NOOOOO!!!  But it was only one time, so we will see what happens.

If there's one silver lining in the heat wave, it's that our evenings do cool down to the 70's, and the horses come alive again when they feel it drop. I let them out at about 8 pm last night, and they were happy campers.

On another note, Foxy Mama, who hasn't had a foal in at least ten years, has developed milk. I'm not sure what to think about this development. Can she nurse Epona? I teased out a little bit, and it seems watery. What a mama though! She is so mother-driven, she has produced milk for a baby who is not even hers.


We hosted a bridal brunch here yesterday for my daughter-in-law. 










Shiloh and my daughter-in-law are quite creative. It was a beautiful day.

7 comments:

  1. Who knew mares could produce milk after such a long time. Not me. Thanks to your conscientious care, your herd seems to be handling the heat well. Your concern with Epona is completely understandable. The cutie probably thought the bucket of water felt good. How long is your high heat suppose to last? We went from no rain to some type of rain every day for a while now. Our woods feel like the Amazon. Everything seems so extreme these days. I treasure days/moments that feel more "normal".

    What a beautiful bridal shower setting. Absolutely love the ice ring and cubes with flowers, special touch!!

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    1. We will have these super high temps until next weekend, when it should start to recede to 90’s. Tweed didn’t like getting sprayed, but my old guys loved it. Tweed will learn to love it, too.

      Yikes, the Amazon. I imagine you have a lot more humidity than we do. We are dry as a bone.

      Yes, I am tired of the instability, too—in all areas, it seems.

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  2. I am not sure what Foxy has is actual milk, you could check with your vet on that or maybe get it tested, It would be interesting is Epona could nurse off Foxy and if it made any difference.
    I absolutely love the iced flowers! What a great idea in this heat!

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    1. Foxy has been hanging out near Epona a lot, but only over the fence. In reality, the next step for Epona will be pelleted milk replacer, if it comes to that, but she needs to be drinking water. I haven’t seen that yet. She is eating a little Omolene though, and grass. Not much yet. The vet recommended a hand full per day. My husband thinks she has an idiopathic pregnancy.

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    2. I wonder if giving her the milk replacer will help her figure out how to drink, then maybe she will start drinking water too.

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  3. That’s interesting about Foxy. She must love babies and wants to help Epona. I do hope she starts drinking water soon. I’ve been watching the weather and can see you’re really getting hit hard. Hopefully it will end soon. We’re only in the 90’s here with high humidity and that sucks. Hang in there and keep as cool as you can.

    Loved the ice cube rings and everything else. Looks like it was a beautiful occasion.

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    1. We are starting our four days of hell today, and we smelled smoke in the air last night. Not good. We have two days of 109. The horses get little reprieve, even after the sun goes down. I was hoping the meteorologists were wrong, but so far they’re right. Maybe the hot temps will inspire Epona to try drinking water. Hard to say. She sure is nursing a lot though.

      90’s with humidity is hot, too. I am not sure which one is worse. Good luck out your way.

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