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Daisy is now a proud mother

Posted: May 13, 2012 by admin   -   Comments Off

 

Daisy gave birth to her filly foal on Saturday the 28th of April, it happened in the early hours of the morning and she gave birth alone and unaided. When we discovered the foal it was already clean and dry and was being watched over by a rather bemused mother.  Baby was carried inside with mum in attendance whickering softly all the way from the field.  Daisy was very concerned about her newborn disappearing underneath her looking for milk and when the vet arrived to give the foal her tetnus injection (that has to be administered within twenty four hours) we had a concerted effort to get baby suckling but failed.   The local animal feedstore, Tarff Valley, do not normally hold foal colostrum but as luck would have it they had been sent some things they had not ordered among which was the needed colostrum, Juanita shot into Dumfries to collect it and two hours later having obtained the strength she needed from the bottle and with a bit of effort on our part to help the process she was soon suckling away in grand style and has not looked back since.

 

 

Daisy is a model mother, we thought she would be over protective and fiesty and she is certainly protective if any of the other horses dare look over the fence at “her” baby but with us she has gone all soft and gooey and we are allowed to do anything we want with the foal.  Baby is getting a lot of handling including being led in and out of her stable every day, just a soft rope around the neck, no pulling or pushing, to get her used to the fact of interacting with humans.  She allows brushing and even had her bum washed as she has a little bit of scour due to the fact that some grass managed to grow so mum’s milk was slightly richer than normal.  If she gets fed up with human company she backs into you and bucks which would indicate that the word fiesty could also be attached to her!!

 

We are calling the foal Catriona after the deceased daughter of the lady who has donated the funds for us to build a dedicated arena in which to practice our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.  Naming the foal for this wonderful lady’s brave and lovely daughter is the least we could do.  as Catriona is pronounced Catreena the foal will be known as Treena for short.

 

At present Treena is black but she could well turn out to be grey like mum or possibly bay, only time will tell  – watch this space!  Treena will stay with us until she is three years old and has been broken in for riding when we will endevour to find her a good loan home, that is unless someone took her on as a two year old with a view to breaking her themselves but they would have to convince us that they had the knowledge and requsite skills to make a good job of it.  She will stay with mum for a minimum six months when she will be weaned but weaning is not an exact science and we will see when the time comes.

 

This is Daisy our mother to be.

Posted: February 27, 2012 by admin   -   Comments Off

Here at Mossburn we have a very strict non breeding policy, there are enough unwanted animals in the world without us adding to them.  Daisy came to us thirteen years ago and has spent the last ten of them in the same loan home, under the terms of our loan agreements our horses may not be bred from.  Despite this it was brought to our attention that her “borrower” was running her with a stallion, when questioned he said the stallion had only just broken into her field two days previously, the “borrower” had a bad leg and could not do anything about it so he was told the mare would be collected and brought home.  It is possible to give a horse who has just been served what is known as a misalliance injection to get rid of the pregnancy and our vet duly arrived to administer the injection.  We however were suspicious and asked him to give the mare an internal examination prior to the injection, just as well we did as the vet found a foal of about six to seven months growth and there was no way we would try to abort a baby so fully formed.  We cannot be exact about when the foal will be born but we are thinking late March early April and will keep you informed.  Needless to say all our young volunteers are absolutely delighted that there is going to be a foal here.  It is just to be hoped that as a maiden mare of eighteen Daisy foals safely.