Thursday, May 14, 2009
This morning when I went out to feed the animals, I noticed that Rosie Pony wasn't in the barn. So I went looking for her out in the pasture. I saw her lying down by the fence, and I thought "Oh my God, she's having the baby right now!"
But actually she had already had the baby. It was lying down right behind her. My guess is that she had been born a while ago, in the middle of the night, because when she hopped right up and started nursing, it didn't look like she was figuring it out for the first time.
She's a filly, yes, and a good sized one, too. Chestnut with a wide white blaze.
I moved all the goats out of the big pasture and into the little one with the alpacas. I put fresh dry straw down in the barn and with the help of the farrier, who came over the take a look, I got them both into the barn where it's warmer and dryer. It's a cold wet day here. Mama is very skittish and fiercely protective of her baby, but that's as it should be. The farrier told me to make sure I get out there and put my hands all over that baby several times a day so that Rosie learns that I'm not going to hurt her.
Okay. You don't have to twist my arm. You might as well tell a little girl to make sure and eat as much cotton candy as she can. I could barely tear myself away long enough to come in an post this.
Yay. I'm so happy.