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Miracles and Determination


I was barn-sitting last night for my friend Mary at her new home, Grace Farms. No sooner did Mary leave when one of the mares decided it was a good moment to bring a new little filly into the world. This was my first experience with the birth of a foal, and it seemed miraculous.

The most amazing part was watching just how much a newborn horse has to learn in its first few hours. Hour 1: stand up. Hour 2: walk and eat, rear up. Hour 3: run and kick. Talk about getting past the "suck threshold" quickly...

The photographs are of the little filly (no name yet) last night when she was 10 minutes old.


One thing I'd never realized is that while getting up for the first time is tricky for a newborn foal, getting back down can be even tougher.

The video (1.2 mb Quicktime) is of another foal, Henry, born yesterday as well, trying to figure out how to lie down. It's a lesson in determination and problem-solving : )

He was about 6 hours old when we shot the video.

By this morning, both foals were crossing the "kick ass" threshold, and loving every moment of being alive.

Posted by Kathy on April 22, 2006 | Permalink


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Here's something I never realised before - knees don't scale

Posted by: DonnaM | Apr 23, 2006 2:11:09 AM

Beautiful. We have some sheep that we've bred in the past. They come with lots of wet wool that the mama licks, but very quickly, within a couple hours, they need to learn get up, get walking, find the teet, and start sucking. Literally the "suck" threshhold, huh!

Posted by: Harold Shinsato | Apr 23, 2006 11:21:22 AM

The cuteness factor is awfully high with this one! What a darling baby...

Posted by: Cyndi L | Apr 23, 2006 4:36:39 PM

I took my "three and three quarter" year old son's training wheels off his bike yesterday - on his request. He started just going up and down the drive, falling off everytime he tried to turn round. By the end of the day he had ridden through some local vineyards and jsut before bath time was turning quite gracefully. I kinda think that the "mirror neuron" thing was in full working order. It is amazing and touching and awesome to see it in action.

Posted by: Shane | Apr 24, 2006 4:21:18 AM

Thanks for sharing the story, photos and video. I'm reminded of two Einstein quotes:

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle".

"You cannot love a car the way you love a horse. The horse brings out human feelings the way machines cannot do."

Posted by: Joe McCarthy | Apr 24, 2006 11:11:33 AM

I have some very sad news -- little Henry (the adorable one in the video) did not survive his first week : (

He apparently was born with multiple brain defects, and went downhill on his fourth day. He was so determined and seemed to be doing so well--already cantering around his mother and kicking and playing and REALLY curious; we had no idea there was anything seriously wrong with him until he suddenly stopped responding, and after rushing him to the vet hospital, there was nothing that could be done. If he hadn't gotten as much attention as he did in his first 24 hours, he probably wouldn't have survived beyond his first day. I'm glad I got the video of him -- in his short little life, he actually made a lot of people smile.

The bright news is that the new filly (from the photos), who now has a name--April--is doing great! She is strong and thriving and is going to be quite stunning (a Thoroughbred). There are still two more foals expected in the next few weeks, and I'll be posting updates on April whether anyone wants to see them or not ; )

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Apr 25, 2006 9:50:05 PM

hi mom!

Posted by: Eden zillioux | Apr 28, 2006 8:03:16 PM

Great pics. what the filly and the colt !

Posted by: cooper | Sep 20, 2006 8:44:08 AM

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