Our Dutch bred mare Emma (Beach Boy/Gentleman, 3x Lucky Boy) gave birth to a beautiful filly this morning. The name hunt is now on. This is the last of our 2011 crop. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while.
We purchased Emma late in August 3 years ago and our inexperience in handling our own stallion failed to get her pregnant the next year.
Emma herself has been a princess since the day she was born; something we’ve never moved to correct. So, frankly we were worried about the birth and her nurturing abilities. If we were going to have problems it was going to be with her. We’ve been loading her with probiotics to assist with the cramping and discomfort and debated about bringing her in to foal under the watch of a camera and monitor, but felt she would fret too much if moved.
Like all mares, she waited until we cleared the driveway for the day, as baby was up, dry, nursing and exploring her world when we got home.
Emma is proving to be a good mom and a lot more relaxed than I’ve ever seen her. She’s still a overprotective, but that will pass.
Color has yet to be determined, as like the two previous Illusion babies, she is a nondescript chestnut. Fiona went from this to liver chestnut, to copper chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail as a yearling. Harry is either liver chestnut, black, or chestnut going grey as his foal coat sheds.
This filly is lot more refined and “horse like” than Wynona’s babies. Names, my nemesis. Any suggestions are welcome.
We’re teasing Wynona now, hoping she is in foal and crossing our fingers that Amelia is in foal. Taylor is coming into heat, as is Sunny; so hopefully our breeding season won’t go far into July. Sunny is going to be close because of the long weekend, we won’t be able to order semen until Monday for Tuesday. The next few weeks are going to be busy, as we push Emma up a bit with hormone shots after her foal heat. I guess I should start breeding in May to be done the end of June, but with my luck they’d all get done and I’d be dealing with April babies in a snowstorm.
Two more Illusion foals due from TB mares. We bred really late (like Labour Day), so I’ll post those pictures when they arrive.
We don’t generally do much with our babies until they are weaned, but last night we did a little handling. I just continue to be impressed with our little Lucy. I think she’s the best we have ever had. She is just stunning and has such a beautiful attitude; bold, sensitive and curious. Her movement is so uphill and easy. But this one could be the same in a smaller package