8th - 9 days before foaling. Ugenie is huge and
uncomfortable. She is keeping us awake at all hours of the
night as the foal is very active.
17th - after some determined marching around the foaling
paddock for 3 hours, Ugenie finally starts to lay down and
begins active labour. Shortly after the foal membranes
start to appear. Ugenie chose to deliver in the soft dirt
under her favourite tree, which was a little bit messy but
didn't cause any problems.
foal makes a first appearance (left) with 2 front feet
presenting - always a good sign. If you look closely you
can see the protective padding on the foals feet which
prevents damage to the mare from hard little hooves during
delivery. Shortly after the foals head begins to emerge.
At this stage Ugenie needed a little assistance to deliver
the head and shoulders.
here and its a filly. Ugenie lays quietly and rests while
the foal takes her first look at the world.
takes a first look at her new arrival. This is her first
foal and it is love at first sight!
strong healthy foal, she quickly starts to try out her legs.
After a few false starts she finds her balance. Success!
24 hours old -
she is already starting to grow and fill out.
quick drink before dinner-time followed by a snooze.
At one day old, she is strong and healthy - running,
kicking and playing. A breeder's dream.