Taking a quick pause on the Glamour Shots posts (I know, I know, I still owe you Ollie’s and Ellie’s) because there’s been quite a newsworthy and entertaining development in Babyland this week. We officially have 3 weanlings! Since Ellie was born latest she’s getting a little more time with her dam, and to help ease the other babies into weaning, Michelle decided to try putting the remaining babies out with Sadie and Ellie. They’re all used to each other of course, all the mares and foals have been turned out together all along, the only difference is that the older 3 foals are now without their dams.
Since the foals for the most part have been pretty independent of their mothers for a while now, not much really changed. It was a largely peaceful transition, perhaps more akin to going off with your friends and having their mom be in charge. Ollie, as is typical, didn’t really care much. He’s lived a YOLO type of life up to now anyway, so nothing has changed much as far as he’s concerned.
Oakley had some brief periods of wondering why her mother abandoned her, but generally only when she wants a snack.
Remi has struggled with it the most (I mean, he DID have a helicopter mom so that shouldn’t be such a shock) and has been clinging closer to Sadie, but he hasn’t been too terribly upset.
And how does Sadie feel about all this? Absolutely freakin’ delighted. When they were all turned out together, mares and foals, she seemed pretty indifferent about the other babies. She wasn’t mean or aggressive, but she also wasn’t afraid to put one in it’s place or send it back to it’s mother if it crossed the line (“the line” usually being that they were trying to eat her hay). Now, however, with all the babies entrusted into her care… it’s like her wildest dream has come true. Finally, all the babies are HERS!
Ellie isn’t quite sure what happened. Her friends all the sudden think her mom is REALLY COOL, and she can’t decide how she feels about her mom being so nice to her friends either. She’s far too polite to get upset about it, though. For the most part she seems pretty content to chill with her friends, and has found herself to be much more popular with the other foals than she used to be. True to form, all the other foals think Sadie is much cooler than Ellie does.
She does think that perhaps Remi is a little too clingy with her mother though.
Don’t worry, Ellie and Sadie still get some private time together too, which seems to be enough to keep Ellie happy.
Although Sadie is weirdly delighted to have been given 3 more babies, she won’t get to keep them for long. This was just an intermediary step to start the weaning process, and soon the four babies will be off on their own (or maybe with schoolmarm Hanna, who rules with an iron hoof) before they head east to their new owners. No one tell Sadie though, she’s hoarding weanlings like her wildest dreams have finally come true.
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7 thoughts on “Foal Friday: Hoarding Weaners”
This is probably the best post title yet, I may have choked a little on my morning tea reading it. Thanks for the chuckle! And also the weaners. Because they’re still so cute.
Goodness, Oakley is quite the lil chonk!
But she’s STARVING! Send the ASPCA!
I’m assuming Sadie doesn’t let any of the other’s nurse from her? Or is that not a huge concern?
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Do the dams just go to a nearby pasture or are they completely out of eyesight and earshot? Just thinking about how I will wean mine next year since I’ll only have one foal, but several options for older chill geldings they could go out with.
Big steps for babies! I can’t believe they’ll be moving out soon.