Saturday, September 4, 2021

Epona Reunited With Mama--Our Test Run

The day came to test Epona and Cowgirl, and we decided to let them loose in the arena (that I've neglected.) She is 3 1/2 months old now, and we hoped that she'd given up being a baby.

However, when I brought Cowgirl into the pen, I immediately saw Epona licking her lips like it was chow time, and that pretty much summed up the test run.

Epona herded her mama around the arena into the nursing position, and we intervened and put them back in their stalls.


It was interesting to see how quickly they resumed their roles, as if nothing had ever changed, but a little disheartening for the future reunion. Epona, though an inefficient nurser, is an aggressive one, and she doesn't appear to want to give it up.

I'm thinking our next test will be with a buddy horse.

On another note, we have hay on the way to our house finally! Barring the truck breaking down en route, it should be here in thirty minutes. We have have had so many deliveries fall through at the last minute, but I think we will get some hay today! Wish us luck.

And, I'm in the process of knitting my grandson a blanket. I'm having tags made just for him, and guess what I decided to have engraved into the leather? A little Epona silhouette. What a cute little appy, with three white socks. 



The two babies will be forever connected, and I thought it a fitting symbol for his knitted goodies, with his initials on the other side of the tag.

11 comments:

  1. Epona is looking good and very feisty. I guess it will work out eventually and she won't want to nurse anymore someday.

    Love the Epona tag for the babies knitted blanket. Adorable and distinctive. Won't be long now and he'll be here. Lots of babies around your place, how's the pup doing?

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    1. Lucy is doing great. We have started hiking with her, and she jumps right into the car. I’ll have to give an update on her. She has been the easy one! Yes, there is a definite baby theme!

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  2. Love the tag - It's just perfect! Best wishes on thes hay ~

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    1. Thank you. It arrived, and is quite beautiful. We received the best hay ever in the worst year for hay. Crazy!

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  3. Nursing instinct will probably be strong for a few more months yet. A buddy sounds good though, I'm sure you have a few candidates in mind!
    So happy you got your hay! Our hay guy got his put up beautifully before the drought hit, so we are expecting it to be gorgeous stuff. Best part- it's paid for already and it can stay where it is until I have more room in my hay barn so I can separate the 2 piles and use the old stuff first.

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    1. Oh- meant to say- cute tag idea! But I keep expecting to see a new cover photo too, baby Tweed is not so little anymore and there is a certain cute little spotted filly who would like the role!

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    2. I tried to buy hay until I could get delivery, but no one would offer me that option. Our round bale supplier does put back 64 for us, but the small bale suppliers have been sketchy, until now. Yes, I’m probably out of luck putting baby with mama. I would love to put Foxy with her, but I fear she will try to nurse off her, too. Tweed never did that.

      New cover photo. Hmmm, I hadn’t even thought about it. I suppose because Epona is not my horse, I hadn’t considered her as the cover photo, even though she dominated the last 3.5 months of my life. Now that she’s strong again, my attention is turning back to Tumbleweed. But I do need a new photo!

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  4. Epona is a gorgeous little lady! I'm sorry to hear about the health struggles she's been facing. Glad she is doing better now.

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  5. Ohhh I adore your tag idea, and you crochet too? Is there anything you don't do lol!?! Glad you've got hay just about in the barn, that is always a great feeling. Loved the video's, made me laugh out loud on the first one when Epona got spunky. I am sure you will be able to safely put mother & daughter together again after Epona is older. I realize the hope/need for a mentor is now, young horses need it. Sorry the test run didn't work out.

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    1. Sometimes I wish I had another foal for her to play with, but it will need to be an older horse. Leah has been spending a lot of time at her fence, and that will probably be my next try.

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