OK, I know this is another post about foaling…
But, I kinda got caught up in the moment!
You see, this morning I was minding my own business when all of a sudden…
Here I was, sitting at my computer checking what needed to be done and making sure my work chores were situated before starting in on my blog. Le de dah. Dum de Dum.
And then, when I wasn’t expecting any commotion, I received a comment on the Horse and Man comment board. Again, I wasn’t expecting anything so I opened it to read as I normally do.
This comment mentioned that the author had been watching Marestare and happened to click on a live camera that had an interesting sounding barn name ( “Asstec Acres Mini Donkeys”) and that when she went to the site, the camera was focused on a mini-donkey who seemed to be about to deliver.
Well, having foaled out a bunch of mares, I was skeptical. They always seem to be ‘ready to foal’ but they really aren’t until certain things happen. So, as I finished reading the comment, I wasn’t sold that this was actually happening right then.
However, I decided to click on the barn cam, just to be sure. OMG! It was happening!! I’ve seen lots of mares who were minutes away from foaling and this looked just like that! I was glued, gripped, white-knuckle watching! Yup, she was up and down, her tail was in that ‘ouch this hurts’ position. Her stomach was heaving and the poor girl was standing as if she was about to deliver an elephant.
It is at this point that you commit yourself to either watch – no matter what happens – or not watch and miss out.
I chose to watch. I had to.
I knew nothing about this farm, this jenny or this impending baby… I knew nothing about the sire or the pregnancy or if she was maiden or anything like that. I was watching a strange-to-me donkey who was in the throws of what millions of donkeys have gone through since donkeys began. This little donk and I had something in common. We both wanted her to be OK and for the baby to be OK. And even though I could only see her, not interact – and I was only one person watching – I knew that any other human watching was probably thinking along the lines of what I was thinking.
Through this entire process I was chatting to myself and commenting to no one! I felt so alone as I was witnessing these incredible moments because there was no one around to share.
So, I’m sharing with all of you!
MY PHOTO JOURNAL
*This photo journal is not based on any reality other than my thoughts at the time. I still know nothing about this particular birth or the people involved. I’m just sharing as if you had been here with me during the process. If you had been with me, you would have been subjected to this running commentary.
All the photos are screen grabs from the actual event as it was unfolding. I simple captured the images from the Marestare camera and saved them to my desktop.
April Drop in the Bucket Fund:
THE HEARTBREAK KIDS – Nurse Mare Foals.?So sad. Born to be thrown away. But there are people who rescue these fine foals. To learn all about the Bucket Fund and to donate towards the care of The Heartbreak Kids, please click on the photo (photo credit, Trish Lowe)
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