We are all very excited with the new arrival that appeared two days ago. A cute little filly foal!
Over the years we have had a few foals; some have been expected and some were a surprise! The first surprise was a school pony called Sarabay (an Arab x) She started getting bigger and bigger as they do. I called the vet to check and confirm. He gave a thorough physical examination and firmly stated that if there was a foal in there he couldn't find it! A week later I said to the grooms to keep an eye on her as I was pretty sure she was going to foal that night as she had bagged up (her udder was full). Sure enough a little chestnut colt arrived that very night! We named him Sunset Bay aka Sonny. He was a real character, never stayed in the paddock with his mother and loved to escape and wander around the stable visiting all the horses!
Our second surprise was when Annie a little Arab school pony had her little colt. Again showed the classic signs and then his arrival. He had to wear a little support sock on one of his back fetlocks (joint near the hoof) for a few days as it appeared weak and then he was right as rain. He was a fiesty little colt from the beginning! He behaved like a fiery Arab stallion from when he was tiny!
When the foals were weaned from their mother we used to use "Uncle Croci" (he was a gelded school horse) as a nanny! We discovered that he was very good with the foals when a few years before that we had had a month old orphan foal sent to us to care for by her owner for a while as he didn't know how to look after the little filly when she lost her mother.
After having tried one of the more maternal school mares who decided she didn't want to know, we brought out Croci. From then on he became known as Uncle Croci as he was so gentle with the foals even when he was telling them off!
Uncle Croci was turned out in the paddock with the foals. We had a livery foal who had been orphaned at about four months and her owner decided get a lamb to keep her company in her stable with her. They became great friends but then the lamb grew up to be a big ram and started to head butt everyone so he was soon sent off to the Al Areen wildlife park to enjoy life.