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A Monday ANNIE update!


Sunday, March 27th, 2016 | Filed under Annie




(I had the email system working… and then it quit again.  So, I will spend this week hiring someone to create a new system for us.  Sorry for the inconvenience!)

A MONDAY ANNIE UPDATE – is she pregnant?  I think maybe she is…

So now, I think she might be pregnant…

(Just to refresh, Annie is a 4 – coming 5 – year old rescued mare who came to me ‘possibly pregnant’.  She cannot be palpated because she is still not agreeable to having anyone touch her back there yet – although I did start to brush her tail without any threatening kicks today.  If she is pregnant, she is most likely maiden.)

Her belly seems to be more V-shaped than last month… But, what throws me off is that in the morning, her belly is fairly normal looking.  So, she is either eating too well during the day… or she is maiden (and a big girl) so she isn’t really showing unless her belly is full.

I have not noticed any baby movement.  Her udder is still normal sized.  And the exterior ultrasound manufacturer has not sent a device to me to try…

But, she is starting to move and behave like she’s “tired of all this then…”.  In a way, she appears uncomfortable, even though she isn’t clearly uncomfortable.  So, she is either mareish because it is Spring, or she is in her last trimester and is starting to be over it.

Dunno.

I’m starting to think that there may be a tiny baby in there.

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She looks more full to me. I’ve cut back on her food, in case I was making her fat by feeding her as if she was a pregnant mare when she wasn’t.  And, to me, she does look full.  In the evenings, I definitely see a V-shape. So, she is either chubby or pregnant.

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I took this shot this morning. A very round belly, but no udder. (She sleeps on pine needles so she gets pitch and leaves stuck to her belly.)

KEEPING HER ALONE… FOR NOW

I’ve decided to keep her alone for now because, well, initially it was because she pushed around the ponies and Norma – and then because she fought with the other mares.

But now I am keeping her alone because if she is pregnant, I don’t want anyone else with her when she foals – to create any more stress for this maiden mare.  Actually, I wish MT was still here to show Annie the ropes.  The only other mare here that I know has had a foal is Sam.  So far, Sam has shown little interest in Annie.

The last time I put Sam in with another mare and foal (MT with baby Wrig), Sam tried to steal Wrig from MT.  I think Sam thinks that she (and only she) is a good Mom.  So, putting Sam in with Annie might be a disaster.

I had thought about putting Remi in with Annie, since they are starting to hang out together across the fenceline, but I’m still not sure if they would fight.

Anyway, I will figure it all out.  But for now, Annie is alone although she has the ponies and Norma right next door, and the Stang Gang across the driveway.  So, she can see/hear lots of horses.

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She loves to eat… but she isn’t eating as much right now. This is another indicator that she might be pregnant. She feels full – but hungry.

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I filled a slow feeder and gave it to her last week, but she didn’t even empty it over night…

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The fact that she isn’t cleaning up her food means either she feels safe to leave it for later… or she is very full feeling.

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It probably isn’t fair that I posted this one, but I thought it was cute.

HER NEW TRICK

Annie has learned a new trick.

When she hears my car coming down the road, she will run to the little hill in her pasture and stand there like Rin Tin Annie.

Once she sees me come up the driveway, she will run down to the gate – for a cookie.

This happens every time I come home now – and sometimes when I leave.  So, she is really good at learning new skills – for a cookie treat!

Now, if I could only teach her to let me palpate her for treats!

Do you see her on the knoll? When she hears my car, she runs to the knoll (highest point) in her pasture. Then, once I am turned into the driveway, she runs to the gate for a cookie.

Do you see her on the knoll? When she hears my car, she runs to the knoll (highest point) in her pasture. Then, once I am turned into the driveway, she runs to the gate for a cookie.  It is tough to get a photo of this because either I’m driving or she’s running!

REDECORATING

Annie is also working on her redecorating skills.  Earlier she made the fenceline shorter (knocked out a few boards) so she could reach the grass more easily.  Made sense…

Hubby fixed that.

This week, she reconstructed her kitchen table.  Clearly, she wanted to have easier access to staring into the galley.

She redecorated so that she could see into the galley more easily.

She redecorated so that she could see into the galley more easily.

MARCH BUCKET FUND:  THE NURSEMARE FOALS!  Click here to read their story and see their adorable photos!

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ANNIE AND REMI! Frenemies. Round 2.






I thought I was being nice…

You see, I watched Remi’s feel slip right out from under her as she was running… It was a slippery piece of mud in her pasture (from the recent rains – Yay!).   She surprised herself by falling pretty hard on her right side.  Her legs just whooshed out from under her!

Immediately Remi got up – looked embarrassed – and shook herself right.  Everything was fine, but a few hours later, I noticed a grapefruit sized mound on the side of her face.  She had thunked herself pretty good.

After checking her teeth and giving her a treat (which she chewed up easily), I told her that everyone falls like that now and then… and proceeded to treat her with a bucket of beet pulp.   She seemed to feel better.  Then I let her loose.  I wanted Remi to feel special.

Their handywork. The full boards were kicked out by Remi. The broken boards were snapped by Annie.

KA-PLOWEY!  Their handywork. The full boards were kicked out by Remi. The broken boards were snapped by Annie.

I THOUGHT WE’D BE FINE

Now, fully aware that Remi and Annie have fought once before when Remi was loose, I made sure to give Annie a nice flake of juicy hay in the middle of her pasture – far away from any fencing.

Remi had lots of fresh grass around to keep her occupied.

I merrily went back inside to do some work.  I figured if I wasn’t out there to incite jealousy, all would be fine.

Famous last words.

They both told me that it was the other one who started it.

They both told me that it was the other one who started it…  In the right corner is the Lead Mare, Remi.

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Annie, in her corner.

SQUEALING, CRACKING OF FENCES AND A GENERAL RUCKUS.

Evidently… I was incorrect.

Annie left her juicy hay…

And Remi left all the new grass…

To fight!

Again!

And I wasn’t even there to give them an excuse!

You can see that Remi slid a bit before landing this fatal blow that took out the top rail.  The rest of the damage is farther down the line – you can just see the broken board in the distance – which means they were running and fighting over the fenceline down the driveway.

THEY BOTH SAID THE OTHER STARTED IT…

Well, I immediately went RUNNING outside to break up the fight.  Remi backed away instantly, but Annie was reaching as far as she could over the broken boards to get at Remi.  Annie was serious.

As soon as I turned, Remi wheeled around and bit at Annie’s butt and Annie bashed up the boards again with a double barreled whammy.

Annie insisted she was innocent...

Annie insisted she was innocent…

As did Remi...

As did Remi…

“STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!”, I wailed.  “I CAN’T FIX THE LONG BOARDS!!”

What is interesting to me is that Remi, who was the largest horse here, seemed so small.  Annie is a B-I-G girl.  Her Percheron half is certainly shining through…

Anyway, I distinctly heard both of them say that the other had disrespected them.

Hmmmm.

All I know is that Remi is the Lead Mare and Annie is the Upstart.  Remi is respectful.  Annie is pushy.  Remi is the elder.  Annie is a punky teenager.

So I will need to let them duke it out on dry ground, or suffer the consequences every time I let the Mustang Gang graze the property.  I cannot have horses fighting over fences.

When the pastures dry, I will put them together and supervise.  Generally, these things don’t go to blows.  But it could since Annie is so much bigger and domestic.  Remi, a sensible mustang, will not want to get hurt.  She might acquiesce (which would be sad) to the bigger upstart.

In the meantime, I had to put up these ‘there I fixed it’ panels… so tacky.  But, they work.  Gotta love panels!  (and duct tape)

My handiwork until Hubby gets home...

My handiwork until Hubby gets home…

 

 

FEBRUARY BUCKET FUND HORSES:  WILLOW AND TOM!  Click here to read their sad story

This is skinny Willow who was covered in ticks and given only rotten vegetable to eat.  Tom was the same only cryptorchid as well...

This is skinny Willow who was covered in ticks and given only rotten vegetable to eat.




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