If you read our May blog (which can be found HERE) you will know Plumtree Jolie. who was born on 30th May was the last foal we were expecting until the 9th of July and Lorraine & I were looking forward to catching up on some sleep... but our mares had other ideas!
I can honestly say we have never had a year with so many early arrivals!
Introducing Plumtree Dakota!
(Photo taken at 2 hours old)
What a lovely surprise we had at 12.50pm, 9th of June when our lovely mare Darwin Dainty gave birth to a beautiful palomino filly foal out in the paddock. Plumtree Dakota was 30 DAYS early! (Due 9th of July!) and our date was very acriate because Dainty had only spent 1 week with one of our stallions last year. Luckily, because Dainty's bag was so big, and she had been resting more than usual the couple of days before, we had been keeping a close eye on her and Mum (Lorraine) saw her go down in the paddock so we were there for the birth! Dakota did give us a little scare so we had the vet to check her over and all was well. Dainty's foal was still born last year so we are delighted she has a baby to love this time. Dakota will be staying with us at Plumtree as Dainty will now be retired from breeding after giving us some fabulous foals.
Dakota is by Brandeston Rupert.
We only had to wait another 10 days for our next new arrival. Also due on the 9th of July...
Introducing Plumtree Jazmini!
(Photo taken at 5 days old)
This beautiful Cremello filly born was born at 10.15pm on 19th of June. 20 days early, although its is not the first time her Dam, Pixbrooke Jazmine, has foaled early. We were just brining the ponies in for the night, I was at one end of the yard and Mum was at the other when we both spotted Jazmine digging up in the corner. I was actually about to bring one of our stallions in and he looked most confused when I shut the gate and ran across the yard without him!
Everything went well with the birth and once Jazmini had had a bit of bonding time with her Mum and found her feet we moved her to her stable. Jazmini also gave us a little scare as she couldn't get the hang of latching onto Mum, so all through the night we milked Mum and fed her baby with a shringe. Finally at 8am the next morning she got the hang of it and nursed, The vet came to check her over and her IGG test came back with excellent results.
As mentioned above, Jazmine had foaled early in 2016 too when her gorgeous 2016 Palomino filly foal, Plumtree Juno, arrived 34 days early! You can read about Juno HERE.
Jazmini is also by our gorgeous stallion Brandeston Rupert and was our last foal due to him for 2017.
Our next early arrival was also totally unexpected, his Dam, Plumtree Bubblegum, has never foaled early before! As sual her bag was quite big, and she had been egar to get into her stable for the couple of night before, which is unusual for her. Lorraine seems to have a sixth sense for foaling because she had just put the camera on to check the ponies when Bubblegum went down to foal!
Introducing Plumtree Bono!
(Photos taken at 12 hours old)
A gorgeous, tiny dun & white colt foal born at 10.55pm on 30th of June... 28 DAYS EARLY!! Bono was supposed to be our last foal due in 2017, expected on 28th of July. He is by Plumtree Hideaway.
So what a month! 3 early foals but luckily all 3 are thriving! We now just have 1 more foal due in 2017...