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Cyberhorse 2008
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The Arrival of Kip - The Miracle of New Life!


The Arrival of Kip ...
as told to Cyberhorse by Brenda McCorkell,
a Victorian Cutting and Quarter Horse Enthusiast.

We have eagerly awaited the birth of our 2009 foal from my very good cutting mare Pep O Roanie (Penny).  During her pregnancy Penny has been living with my son Lincoln and his wife Denice where she has lots of lovely grass and the company of her good friend Maz.

Penny's due date was carefully noted so that either my husband Trevor or I (or both) could be there to ensure that there were no problems.  We  had been observing the Penny very closely over the three weeks leading up to the foal's arrival, watching for subtle changes, we knew she was close. 

We had been invited to attend a party with friends and wondered if it would be safe to accept. We accepted on the understanding that we may have needed to  cancel at the last minute.  However, on the day there were no discernable changes in the 12 hours leading up to the time we needed to leave her at 2.00pm in the afternoon. 

We decided it would be safe to attend the party and gave our daughter-in-law a list of things to watch for.  But Denice has never witnessed a foal being born and was very nervous - we assured her that the mare was most likely to foal in the 'wee small hours' of the morning and we wouldn’t be late home anyway, so she could call us if she was worried.

As we drove out Lincoln & Denice's gate, Penny must have  immediately got herself busy as she began leaking milk for the first time. Later on, the vet had a laugh and said “she was just waiting til she saw you leave and thought ... peace at last, I’ll have my foal now!”

Here is an excerpt from Denice's diary, it is just gorgeous and a heart-warming account of the miracle of new life!

PENNY

2.20pm      Leaking milk.

2.30pm      Ate dinner

3.00pm      Still eating and moving her rump from side to side!

3.30pm      Standing in corner, moved her back legs and rump

                 a couple of times!

4.00pm      Standing very still and appears to be sleeping!

4.30pm      Ditto – but standing in a different direction!

5.00pm      Ditto – ditto!!

5.30pm      Grazing near water trough, didn’t see her drink!

6.00pm      Standing in corner talking over fence to Maz

6.30pm      Standing in corner, leaking milk and farting a lot!!!

7.00pm      Ditto – ditto – ditto – Man that mare can fart!

7.30pm      Standing in corner.........!

8.00pm      Standing in corner talking to Maz again!

8.30pm      Walking around nodding her head up and down and

                 Scratching her bottom on the gate!

9.00pm      Initially couldn’t find Penny.  Heard strange noises

                 in paddock.  Went and found her again talking to Maz!

9.30pm      White thing sticking out of her girly bits – SHE IS

                 HAVING HER FOAL!!

                 LINCOLN!!!

Denice phoned us at the party and we left immediately, Lincoln arrived home from work in time to ensure that the sack broke. The vet then also arrived to check things out. 

We arrived home and it was all over ... we couldn’t have done a better job if we tried!  I am very grateful to Denice for her vigilance and our son for knowing what to do - I guess all those years with a "horsey mum" did give him some valuable lessons!


Penny and her baby boy 6 hours old!

But, no matter what you believe or how much you know there is always more to learn and one thing is for certain a mare will have her foal when SHE is ready ... and when you LEAST expect it. 

Our lovely chestnut colt foal is by TR Dual Rey mother and baby doing well ... daughter-in-law still recovering!

Below Kip at 3 weeks old - he is already learning the lessons that Trevor is teaching him very well ... and we have great hopes for his future!

 

Cyberhorse 2009 Cyberhorse

 

19 November 2017
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