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Meet the New Moms and Foal Preparations!

5/23/13

Hay friends, Sshameless++ here again with another update from the farm. I wanted to let you know how things are going, as foal watch has now shifted into high gear!

First I want you to tell you about the incredible mares who are expecting the Sshameless++ foals we are all so anxiously awaiting!

Meet the Moms

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Grandma Morning Miste, Lisa and Jerry await the foals

Hey Shooting Star and Hey Miste America are both beautiful bay girls who are full sisters. Their father was a very famous, 6-time National Champion grey friend of mine named Hey Hallelujah+++//. Star and America's mother, Morning Miste, is also from a very famous bloodline; Marsianin - a stallion that set the tone for Arabian performance horses.

Morning Miste lives here and is now 26-years-old. I really should say 26-years-young, as Morning Miste still rules the pasture, and when these foals are weaned from their moms at 6 months of age she will be their pasture companion. These foals will be extra lucky to have their grandmother as a part of their lives, because she sure knows what she's doing! She's had 9 foals of her own, including Star and America.

Even though Star and America are full sisters, and were born just a year apart, they are very different. Star is very charismatic, showy and has lots of attitude. She is what Arabian horse people call a "halter-type" girl. She is very eye catching, and really is a one-person horse. From the day Star was born, my human Lisa has been her person too.

America loves everyone and is a beautiful, elegant Western Pleasure horse. An amazing athlete that loves trail riding, America has the heart of a warrior and is never afraid. When she was just five years old, she went to US Nationals (only her third horse show ever!) and was named to the Top 15 finalists!

Everyone is talking about what these babies will be like and all of us cannot wait to meet them.

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America

Baby Watch

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Installing the barn cameras

Just after I wrote my first note to you, all the preparations began getting ready for the arrival of the foals. A real-time camera was installed above the stalls so day or night Lisa, Jerry and Daniel (our best helper ever who lives on the property and takes care of all of us) could keep an eye on Star and America.

Most of the time, pregnant mares deliver their foals when no one is around. This is because when us horses lived in the wild, we were often were preyed on by other animals as a food source. Therefore, this instinctive fear makes mares very careful about how and when they give birth, even to this day. This instinct kicks in when a mare delivers her foal. So that is why most mares deliver their foals between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when it's quiet, again when no one is usually around.

Even though most of the time there aren't any complications during delivery, at our barn, we always like to make sure everyone is safe so the cameras were installed. Lisa, Jerry and Daniel now watch on their telephones and their computers anytime of the day and night. (And, this also keeps one of them from having to sleep in the barn!)

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Baby kit

In clear bags, hanging outside each stall, is the foaling kit so that everything Lisa and Daniel will need is right there when it's time. Each foal delivery kit contains:

1. Six new white kitchen towels that have been laundered in fragrance-free detergent to help dry the foal if need be, allowing for human imprinting and getting the foal's circulation going.
2. A clean, long cotton shoe string, to tie the placenta up after the foal is delivered, which helps the mare in pass it and keeps her from stepping on it.
3. A small plastic cup and iodine to treat the foal's umbilical stump, sealing it from dirt and germs
4. A suction tool in case the foal has mucus lodged in its nostrils that makes it difficult to breathe
5. A saline human enema to give to the foal after it has nursed, helping it pass its first stool that can be very solid
6. Mentos....our biggest barn treat, and that peppermint really seems to brighten up the mom's after their hard work.

In addition to the pack, the feed room is always stocked with red bran that is prepared with warm water and carrots and apples to create a sloppy bran mash after the mares give birth. This keeps them drinking lots of water and makes their stomachs happy.

The mesh baby fence is up on the stall turnouts to make sure the youngsters don't fall through, and the mares are on the soft straw in their stall. Straw bedding is used because it is less dusty and is nice and soft for mom and baby to lay on.

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Baby fence on stall turnouts Stall straw arrives!

 

Now that we're prepared, all we have to do is wait for the foals to arrive! Here's the big question - who do you think will foal first, Star or America? They are due one week apart, and when they had foals year Star delivered a week early and America delivered 8 days after her foal date. This means they could foal on just about the same day! Stay tuned to meet the foals!

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Sshameless watches over the preparations

 

Ssincerely Your Friend,
Sshameless++

 

Categories: | A_Foals_Life | A_Foals_Life

Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
10/22/2017 at 4:38 pm

That's awesome!!! What breed is Fire Ball???

Horselover#08 Says:
10/10/2017 at 6:03 pm

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Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute and I love breyer,foals,and horses I
Own horse named fire ball

Horselover#08 Says:
10/10/2017 at 6:02 pm

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Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute and I love breyer,foals,and horses I
Own horse named for ball

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/16/2016 at 1:23 pm

Same!!!! Look at Sshameless' beautiful face!!! I LOVE him!!!! :)

AggieCowgirl Says:
12/07/2016 at 7:36 pm

Baby Watch!

I just love when foals are born.🐎

BreyerLover2222 Says:
06/14/2016 at 2:11 pm

I just love Arabians, and especially all of these beautiful Arabians!! That would be so cool if we would get to meet some or one of them at BreyerFest!!!

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/24/2016 at 11:30 am

LOVE the pictures! Those are some really beautiful horses!

poncho55 Says:
12/28/2015 at 12:08 pm

FOAL LOVER

So excited!

Vicky Breyer Lover Says:
02/27/2015 at 11:20 am

love them so much

Vicky Breyer Lover Says:
01/03/2015 at 9:25 pm

Vicky breyer lover.love sshmeless & the foals !!!!:)

Vicky Breyer Lover Says:
01/03/2015 at 9:25 pm

Vicky breyer lover.love sshmeless & the foals !!!!:)

Momofhorsecrazygirl Says:
04/14/2014 at 7:30 pm

super cute I love Arabians I don't know a girl who wouldn't!

sydandmoose514 Says:
03/18/2014 at 5:09 pm

Eyes

Are Sshamless's eyes naturally dark on his eyelids?

Tpott Says:
01/21/2014 at 4:12 pm

Why Mentos in the baby kit

justridewestern Says:
11/02/2013 at 1:46 pm

mentos?

mentos in baby kit?

BreyerCollector12 Says:
06/03/2013 at 12:20 am

sshaneless was at the Arabian horse show thats probly

Breyers14 Says:
05/29/2013 at 10:04 pm

Yeah that will b cool.

sweeties Says:
05/24/2013 at 1:19 pm

BREYER COLLECTER FOR LIFE

it would be nice if sshameless was going to be one of the special guests horses that are going to be at breyerfest this year and that way I could meet him in person and get my breyer model of him sighned by his owner and he really is a very beautifull horse and without a doubt.

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