Two Lovely Fillies

We’ve been waiting impatiently, ever since Sammy was born last week, for the other two mares to foal. I’m sure the boss was more impatient than any of the rest of us, since he’s been on foal watch every night for several weeks. After which he leaves for the track at around 5am to train the older horses. So I would imagine he’s longing for a full night’s sleep by now.

Sammy relaxing in the arena. It was pouring rain, so no sunny paddock today.

Sammy relaxing in the arena. It was pouring rain, so no sunny paddock today.

Sammy

Sammy

This morning was exciting though. First, Ana let me know that the boss had called to tell her that Bernice had her foal around 1 in the morning. Ana headed in early to see the new filly. A lovely sturdy little chestnut with some very flashy markings. A big wide white blaze and a hind stocking right up to the hock. She is by Giant Gizmo.

Bernice's flashy little chestnut filly

Bernice’s flashy little chestnut filly

Check out the high white stocking on her hind leg

Check out the high white stocking on her hind leg

I was just ambling around at home, contemplating a quick cup of tea before going in to meet the new baby, and to help Ana move the yearlings, when I got a mildly panicked call from her… “Dora is foaling!!!! What do I do???” So I abandoned the tea and ran for the car. When I arrived, I found Ana and Linda, both in a bit of flap. Dora had gone down with her tail to the wall. No way for a foal to come out safely, much less for me to get in and help at all.

We got her up (Dora is really quite a cooperative mare) and she went down again. Even tighter to the wall. So once again we had to get the poor mare up. This time she went down in the middle of the stall with plenty of clearance. Big relief!

Two hind feet and a nose were visible. That’s exactly what you want to see, so I relaxed and just let Dora push. Eventually I got hold of the feet and helped her a little bit. But it was all pretty much textbook, and the baby was trying to look around before she was even halfway born. She is a bright little spark with a beautiful, dainty face. I think she might end up looking rather like her mama. Dora has a lovely head. This filly is a bay with a big star on her forehead. She is also by Giant Gizmo.

Dora loves her babies

Dora loves her babies

The fillies seem to be faster to get up than the colts, and faster to figure out where and how to nurse. This filly was no exception. Girls rule 🙂

It takes a lot of concentration to make those long legs work properly!

It takes a lot of concentration to make those long legs work properly!

It's amazing how quickly they figure out how to use those long legs

It’s amazing how quickly they figure out how to use those long legs

So we are all done foaling for another year! Everyone has arrived safe and sound, and mamas are all very pleased with their babies 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Two Lovely Fillies

  1. kitkat2003 says:

    how many are there. its pretty.

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  2. There are more pictures of one of the foals here… http://skykingsgirl.com/2014/05/06/baby-pics-of-sammy/

    None of them are for sale. They are Thoroughbreds, and will grow up to be racehorses. When they retire from racing we sometimes keep the girls to be broodmares and the others usually are sold as show horses.

    How old are you kitkat2003? Have you ever ridden a horse or a pony? I started riding horses when I was 5 years old. That was a very long time ago though, I’m sorry to say!

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  3. kitkat2003 says:

    I am 11.
    yes ,I have

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  4. You should write about riding a horse on your blog. I would come and read it 🙂

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