Jingles for Taylor's Mom ... Annikak adopted the colt! Jingles for Taco
I'm so crushed. The breeders/owners of my wonderful 4 YO stallion Taylor, offered to give me a foal this year.
I was really looking forward to seing Taylor's little brother or sister.
Well, things didn't go according to plan. Nokomis foaled all by herself in a field 4 weeks before her due date without any warning signs.
She had twins. The filly is not doing too bad, but she is still in critical condition. But the little colt is very weak and so far nobody knows if he is going to make it.
They are currently in ICU at Michigan State.
I will go to see them tomorrow. I hope the little guy makes it. I'm so sad, we all had big hopes for the baby after seing what Taylor can do.
Last edited by mademoiselle; Jul. 26, 2007 at 10:42 AM.
ooohhhh... but remember, Priss was a twin- and she made it, albeit a bit smaller then she might have been.
And never forget, Auntie Annika can always have a foal here to take care of! I can bottle feed with the best of them!
Too bad that was missed on the U/S. But jingles that all will be okay!
I hope the little ones are doing well. I understand the breeders dilemma: one can spend tons of money on an ill foal, and it will never be right. But I hope they give the little guy a fair chance.
An older, maiden mare I had once gave birth to twins. Together, they weighed 100 lbs at birth: one 60, one 40. The smaller one was too tiny to nurse, so we took all three to the vet hospital where she got colostrum, fluids, and assessment. When they came home, she was still tiny and very ribby despite the mare having plenty of milk and getting extra bottle feedings. A well-meaning passer-by called the animal control officer to complain that we were starving a pony!
Anyway, she had plenty of spunk, and grew like a weed. Both she and her sister were doing very well, last I heard, as lovely show horses.
On another note, we just finished ultrasounding this year's (late) bred mare to rule out twins. Luckily only a single pregnancy, but it's possible to miss them, even with U/S.
I hope you keep us updated, and that they and the mare do well.
They don't call me frugal for nothing.
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.
The mare and the filly were ready to go home today, but the colt is still to weak.
He had to have surgery yesterday because he had a problem with his uraniry system and when they opened they discovered a little hole in his intestine.
The good news is that he was able to stand on his legs (with some help) twice today.
But the biggest news is that he has a new mom. Annikak adopted him !!!!!! He is hers.
She officially owns Taylor's brother. BTW, his name is Two Reasons
She will post some pictures I took at the vet clinic very soon
Actually, Ms MME is to be congratulated- as she brought the 2 of us together.
So, for now, Two Reasons is staying at State- and the breeders decided (very kindly) to allow the mare and filly to stay in the stall next to him. As MME said, she stuck her head over and licked him today- and that was all it took for all of us...its worth a shot to see if she will take him on once he is strong enough to stand. It's actually quite unreal to me!
Yes, he is still weak. Yes, he still needs intensive care. Yes, there are serious risks down the road. But so far his blood work has been quite good, nothing back on culture (day 2...and counting) Liver and kidney function appear to be good. Bowels, while not operating in what we normally call normal, are normal for a premie.
I have spoken to my vet here, my vet in NC, and called friends that "know more" then I do. I have asked 10 zillion questions. So, for now, its all hunky dory, and I am pretty amazed. (where is the fainting icon?) I was stopped by a vet that knows me at MSU, and she said that it's a good risk, and that he should be fine. Knowing her, that is good news for everyone. The breeder is being fantastic- they are picking up the boarding bill for the mare and filly to stay near the colt. So, Reason's mom is there- and how nice is that???? I feel its a win/win for everyone (2 reasons? get it??)
Excited? Yeah. Nervous? yeah. Better get my foal blankets back!
and yes...I do have amazing friends, and the most amazing tolerant husband ever.
And my god, if...just if.... he turns out anywhere near Taylor? WOW!