Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Return of Mama's Milk

A few days ago, when I went to get Epona and Cowgirl, I saw Epona herding her mama into the nursing position again. Cowgirl moved away before she could be successful, but it did send off warning bells in my head. I kept them apart the next day, then, two days later, reunited them again. After a few hours, I went out to check, and Epona was bouncing around like a happy little camper, and Cowgirl was standing, motionless, and confused, further away. She had what looked like milk droplets on her legs. I approached her and squeezed a teat--and yes, indeed, out squirted some milk.

And that was the end of the that. There were no signs that Epona had expressed any milk herself, but it was just a matter of time before mother nature prevailed, and Cowgirl would have to stand for her.

Mother and foal reunion has come to an end. It's amazing, because they have been apart for almost 3 months. Crazy!

Speaking of mamas, the season of babies ended on a positive note--our grandson was born healthy and happy last Friday. He does have a bit of a tongue tie, which makes it difficult to nurse, but they are going to take care of that this week with an easy laser procedure.  (It did make me wonder if tongue tie is something horses can also have.)

I was so happy to be there with them, and to be able to see him come into the world, but it was also difficult to see my daughter in pain. I didn't know the right words to help her, but I offered as many as I could. To me, she looked like my baby--so young, innocent--and here she was having her own baby. 

Yesterday was our anniversary, and every year we go back to the small town where we were married--Sandpoint, Idaho, to celebrate. We couldn't have chosen a more beautiful location.

Here are some more photos. Since we had Lucy with us, we ordered a burger to go and shared it on a picnic table at the edge of Lake Pend Oreille. The Burger Dock. Yum. Yum. We got some kind of yummy burger with jalapenos and special sauce, thick slices of bacon. Their fries were homemade, shaken in some special seasoning, and were to die for, too. 

We followed that with a quick trip to the Pend Oreille winery. That has been our tradition for 19 years--every year we buy a few bottles of wine from their winery, and we open them at our 6 month anniversary and our year anniversary. Every year we tell this to the ever-evolving staff at the winery, and they are always mildly interested. In this year of Covid apathy, even less so.  (It doesn't matter, I tell them anyway!)

It's been quite a week, hasn't it? Quite a summer. Quite a spring. Maybe now we can all take a deep breath and enjoy the bounty of babies. Oh, and we have 5 more tons of hay being delivered tomorrow, which will be quickly followed by filling the breezeway full of our round bales. A barn full of hay is the surest sign we are ready for Autumn and winter! Thanksgiving. Christmas. Ohhhh, I can't wait!


  1. Happy anniversary! Such a beautiful day you had to celebrate it.
    I am glad that the birth of your grandson went well and that the laser operation goes well too.
    That's crazy that Cowgirl started producing milk again! Who will you put Epona with next?

    1. Good question. I don’t know who will be next for Miss Epona. I might try Leah.

  2. Nature-she's a powerful force.
    Happy anniversary and congratulations on the healthy baby.

  3. First and foremost, congrats on your grandson!! I am so happy for your whole family. What is the little guys name?

    I have no idea how long it normally takes for mares to dry up, but the return after 3 months sure sounds unusual.

    What a wonderful anniversary tradition for your two love birds!! Loved all the pics!

    1. Thank you. They named him Camden. Cam, for short. Apparently, mama’s can get their milk back up to a year, but I don’t think that’s usual. Epona must be pressuring her to nurse. She’s a bossy filly, and pretty smart and tough to wrangle her alpha mama.

  4. Happy Anniversary! It looks like a beautiful place to celebrate your anniversary.

    Epona and Cowgirl will be together at some point I'm guessing. I think it's unusual that she produced milk again. But I know nothing about it so I'll let you all try to figure that out. ;)

    Congratulations on the little guy. I know how strange it feels to have your baby have a baby. You will get so much joy spending time with him. Hope the laser thing goes well.

    1. Thank you! Yes, Sandpoint is too beautiful for words…or photos. Love it up there. The nursing thing is just crazy. I wish Epona would give up wanting to nurse, but she probably thinks she missed out. She’s just under five months now.


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