Friday, October 28, 2011
Our home sits on a hillside that overlooks our neighbor's pasture. They have goats, ponies and donkeys. Imagine my surprise when I went out this morning to take in some house plants before the cold front came through and saw a tiny foal that had just been born!
I ran inside to call our neighbors to alert them, grabbed my camera and headed back outside to get a closer look. It was cool, blustery and still dark. Excuse the graininess of the pics as I had to lighten them. I used my zoom so not to disturb the mother.
She had just given birth when I saw her and was laying down which is what alerted me to something going on. I could see a small figure behind her. When she stood up, her placenta fell out and landed on the foal. Mom picked it up in her mouth and seemed to be shaking it. I am not familiar with horses so don't know what she was actually doing.
I was blessed to see the precious foal's first steps. What a treat. All seemed well and she walked off on wobbly legs to be with her mom safely away from me and other onlookers. Bignify for a better view! love living where I do - each day brings so many wonderful surprises! Wishing you all a lovely weekend!