21st April 2013
21.04.2013 - 21.04.2013
The above photos were all taken on the day he arrived into the world.
One cold, April morning I wandered outside to check on ‘Jazz’ who we knew was due to foal. Standing by the side of her paddock, toothbrush in mouth, I looked over and saw another set of legs beside Jazz’s…….could it be???? I hurried back to the shed, ditched my brush, grabbed my phone and my boots and went to get a better look. Laying there, underneath a tree was her foal…….all leg and tail. He was light brown in colour with a white on blaze on his face. Absolutely gorgeous…….except for the cut he had above his right hip. Obviously Jazz had decided that foaling right on top of an old rusty oil drum was a good place…………Poor little dude. He didn’t seem to be too distressed or anything thankfully. I called Rebecca and as soon as she answered she said ‘I knew it, I knew she’d do it whilst we were away!’ Thankfully they were only away overnight and not out at the mines ! I told her about the 2 cuts (the second was smaller than and not as wide/deep as the one on his hip) and she said she’d look at it when they got back.
An hour or so later Rebecca and Darren were back and able to assess the wound. Bec tried to sew it herself but felt it as best to call the vet and have her stitch it properly. So Bec cleaned it up, sprayed it with purple antiseptic spray and moved him and Jazz to the paddock next door. I couldn’t stop looking at him, he was beautiful in every way. I love how, when foals are born, they’re all leg and have a small body and cute little tail! It’s adorable! I refilled Jazz’s water trough for her and tried my best to get on with my day…..
Much later that night, the Vet came by to stitch up our foal. Bec and Darren had decided that ‘Stitches’ would be suitable name for him, seeing as that was what he would be getting! I think it suited him. I held onto Jazz whilst the Vet worked her magic, giving ‘Stitches’ an anaesthetic and cutting away the skin on the sides on the cut to be able to better stitch the two sides together. She also cleaned up the smaller cut and gave him an injection of antibiotics as well as giving Bec some medication to give to him and the wherewithal to keep the wound clean. Not long afterwards, she was finished and Stitches was waking up. Naturally the first thing he wanted to do was have a drink from Mum! A big adventure for someone so small.
Stitches’ stitches would have to come out about 10 days or so later but Rebecca could do this herself, with advice from the Vet.
This is Mr Stitches at 3 months of age Such a cheeky little fella !
This is him almost a year later......you can see how he's changed colour and grown! He's going to be a gorgeous horse. He is now undergoing his Natural Horsemanship/Groundwork Education!