Foaling wise it was a slow start to May, although Plumtree Joyce (aka Aussie), a first time foaler, kept us on our toes! She liked to play the "I'm going to be really restless and act like I'm going to foal until 3am in the morning and then just go to sleep!" So most nights we were up half the night watching Aussie on the cameras and then setting alarms to check on her through the night. Maiden mares have a knack of trying to catch you out so we were keeping a very close eye on her!
If you read our April blog (which you can read by clicking HERE) or are a "Liker" of our Facebook Page you will know that at the end of April we had a very busy night with 4 foals born within 4 hours of each other! But it had being too rainy to let them out in the paddock the following day so their photos had been taken in the stable. Well a few days later when the wether was much better I got a few photos of them out in the biggest paddock at home (the nursary paddock was out of use for maintenance!)
Here is Plumtree Shelby, dun & white filly foal. Also pictured with her very foal proud dam, Plumtree Honey-Suckle, our blue dun & white mare!
Our bay dun and white filly foal, with the gorgeous heart shaped face marking, Plumtree Venus
And last but by no means least, Plumtree Mustang, palomino colt foal.
While out taking those photos I also snapped a few of our older foals;
Plumtree Charger, our Palomino & White colt, almost a month old and taking after his brothers and sisters, turning into a right little show man! Crystal, Chargers Dam, always puts a good stamp on her foals,
Plumtree Denzel growing into a little show man too... we just love his markings!
And finally Plumtree Gatsby, one of our palomino colt foals had also been practicing his posing!
It had seemed like forever since Venus, Mustang and Shelby had been born, but on the 21st the wait was finally over and it happened again... we had 2 foals born within 2 hours of each other! And they are both mine! (Jodie)
Now my little mare Plumtree Tasmin normally has a huge bag weeks before foaling, and 2 weeks before she foaled she had no bag at all! I was starting to wonder if she was even in foal! Then a week before she foaled she developed a tiny little bag, so I though she was going to go to her next due date in June. Then out of no where, literally over night 2 days before she foaled her bag grew HUGE! The following day I checked it at 7pm and it had gone hard, by midnight we had wax and me & Mum thought... its going to be tonight. So we came in the house so everything was nice and quiet and watched her on the camera. And we watched, and watched, and watched... by 5am still nothing! So Mum sent me up to bed so at least one of us would get some sleep and she was going to wake me up if she started. I got up at 9am the next morning... still nothing! So we popped Tasmin & Aussie in the nursary paddock and got the mucking out etc done and then I sent Mum to bed for a few hours. It was a gorgeous day so I got the camping chairs out and sat on the garden watching Tasmin, who was very restless until 3pm when I decided to make a bacon butty... but before I came in I hoped over the field fence to check her over and thought I may as well check Aussie too and she had waxed up as well! Luckily, I can see their paddock from the kitchen window too! We decided to bring the ponies in a little earlier than usual that night, and again came inside and watched them both on the camera until finally... at 10.55pm Tasmin gave birth to a very strong, chunky, blue dun & white colt foal...
Introducing Plumtree Thunder!
Thunder is by Plumtree Hideaway.
Aussie was in the pen right next to Tasmin, so while we waited to make sure Thunder got up and sucking, etc we could still keep a close eye on Aussie... and not to be out done, at 12.30am Aussie (Plumtree Joyce) gave birth to a gorgeous, tiny, bay dun and white colt foal! First time Mum's are always a worry, but she bonded with him right away! So...
Introducing Plumtree Jax!
Jax is by Merrylees Camelot... and is a proper little mini me of Mum Aussie! but with Dad's white nose!
Both photos were taken the next morning when the boys were around 12 hours old.
We didn't have as long to wait for our next arival... 2 days later, on 22nd of May our lovely mare Jewel gave birth to a beautiful little piebald colt foal! Jewel was another first time Mother, and gave us no warning what so ever that she was going to give birth that night... but as alway we were watching the cameras and went out to the barn as soon as she went down...
Introducing Plumtree Jenson!
Jenson was born at 11.30pm, Jewel took to him right away too so the worry of the first time Mum's was over! Jeson is also by Merrylees Camelot and was named by my boyfriend Mat... the name certainly suits him, he spent most of his first day speeding round the paddock! Photo taken at 18 hours old.
And last... but by no means least! At 4.30am on the 29t, our gorgeous mare Jenny (Aussie's dam) gave birth to a stunning, tiny, little tri-colour filly....
Introducing Plumtree Jolie!
Jolie is also by Camelot... who must have been a very busy boy last June! Due to none stop rain (again!) Jolie spent her first day nice and cosy in her dry stable so the photo was taken at 1 day old!
Phew! What a week!!! Luckily we don't have any more foals due until the 9th of July now... so we are both looking foward to catching up on some much needed sleep!