We had an easy foaling season…no nights staying up watching mares. Wiesentanz was acting a little more frantic to get out of her stall in the morning; she had been 4+ on the Predict-a-foal at 5 a.m., so when we turned her out we kept a close eye on her. At 10:00 a.m. she laid down in the pasture and presented us with a beautiful full sister to Rosentanz. The filly is a striking bay, who is now two weeks old. Her name is Wiesenblume (aka Flora) which means “wildflower” in German (Oldenburg nomenclature, the fillies can be named after either dam or sire). Such an appropriate name…after her mom, whose name means “meadow dance” and the fact that she was born out in the wildflowers! She has a really friendly nature, and loves to be rubbed and scratched.
I expected Whitney to be overdue with her Rousseau foal, which she has been several times. She did not have a very full utter, and was only 3+ on the predict-a-foal the following Saturday nite. When I woke up at 5 am, I turned on the TV to check the camera, and she was just standing there, didn’t see a foal in the stall. I got my cup of coffee and went to the barn about 5:20 and there he was with her licking him all over. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was all legs but got up very quickly. To my surprise (as if I wasn’t already surprised!) he looked like he was going to be black…with a perfect star and centered snip on the nose! With such long legs he has been a little less precocious with the moving around. We needed to keep him up for several days as he was a little flat on his pasterns behind. But he is strong now and getting to go out and explore with his very protective mother. He is a little shy at this point, but that is fairly typical of Whitney’s babies, as are the LEGS! I still haven’t come up with an “R” name for him, so if anyone has a good one, let me know. I’m having trouble loading a picture of him. So, it will have to follow.