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.
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!