Saturday, February 28, 2009

The big move

Yesterday was the big move from my boarding barn to the "maternity ward". The stall was bedding in straw and waiting for Drifter's arrival. She got on the trailer nicely- front feet first and a little break- then she hefted her back end in. She stood very quietly eating her dinner while the door was closed. I let her eat a bit before jumping in the trunk and getting rolling. As soon as we started to leave the farm- she got pretty excited and upset. I could hear her calling and tossing her head. I could feel the trailer shaking as she was carrying on. As soon as we hit about 35mph she calmed down and relaxed a bit- she is a good loader- but maybe not the best hauler. The last time she was on a trailer it was a five day cross country ride- so maybe she had a reason to be anxious.

Luckily the ride to the new farm is only 15 minutes. When we got there she was dripping in sweat and clearly nervous. I again entered the trailer and offered her dinner. She started to eat and relax within a few minutes. I wanted the last thing she remembered on the trailer to be her standing calmly eating some yummy grain. She backed off very calmly with only a little stumble as her weight landed on her hind end. I was expecting her to be very pushy after unloading in a new place. As soon as she stepped off the trailer the FedEx trunk arrived and the chickens started clucking. She looked around, alert, but not upset and walked with me down to the barn. When she realized there were horses at this barn she started walking faster, but was never pushy or out of control. She only took a momentary glance at the chickens. She sniffed at the goats that are living beside her, but she took everything in stride. She settled into her stall and munched some hay and peed. All was well.

Today I went to check on her, see how she settled in and how she got along with her new turnout buddy. All was well and she was tucked in for the night. I checked her over and WHOA she is starting to bag up! She enjoyed a brief massage and I snapped some new pictures.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Moving Day Nears

Drifter will be moving to her new home on Friday. There is a large foaling stall that is already deeply bedded in straw that is ready for her. I think she will be really happy to have someplace to lie down and rest at night. The farm is super nice with goats and chickens as well as the horses.

Here is the pictures for this week.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weekly update

Not much change this week- still no udder and I find it's very hard to tell if her rump shape is changing. Do quarter horse rumps change all that much?

She loves to come in and be groomed at this point. The web cam is working at the barn she will be moving to. I will be able to check on her from home. Once she gets very close to foaling I will be right there with her.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Can you believe?

That this is the same horse?

I love the light in her eyes in the recent picture. The other picture is from her first day in NJ.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy and Pregnant

Drifter is doing well and on full maternity leave now.

Does this camera make my butt look big?

Belly with baby

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Almost time

Drifter is letting me know that it is almost time to stop this riding business. He gave me a little crow hop when I got on last week. Just a little curl of the neck and all four feet off the ground. I really think this little hop was all about the fact that it was feeding time and she felt she was going to get left out! Hell, do not get between any pregnant female and her food in the last trimester.

Today I rode little Miss Mama again and she was just slow. Her lateral work is coming along nicely. However, I noticed that she was not able to maintain abdominal flexion during halt transitions. She was compliant, but I think my weight and the baby weight is probably not helping her back anymore- we outweigh what she can carry.

The foal is moving a lot. Today her tail head was softer then last week. Her thighs have relaxed as well. She will be moving at the end of the month.