Mary Lou, Jingling like crazy here in Louisiana. I have just had a similar experience myself and was horrified. Am new to the board and would love to talk to you directly when you are rested and the situation is under control. Could we talk via the PT? I'm not sure how it works. Best of luck and know I am praying for you and Baby Ballerina.
Baby got IV fluids and glucose last evening and that seems to have helped tremendously. She is now drinking readily from a bucket and goes to it in between my every two hour visits for feeding. I measure what she has consumed from the bucket every two hours and watch on the barn camera so know that she has started drinking on her own. She is bright and bouncing around the stall. I'd like her poop to be a bit more normal, but it is not terrible, so figure I am lucky.
ET mare supposedly had had a foal. No telling why this happened, but I am sure that I did the right thing in keeping this baby from being savaged. ET center is sending a trailer to take her back sometime today. I will be glad to see her out of here. Interestingly the baby does not answer at all when she whinnies, but when two of my mares call, she nickers at them.
I plan to try baby out with one of my mares who has a foal -- but not until the baby is a bit stronger. It is already hot here, and I can't risk having this baby run around to the point of exhaustion. In a week or so I think she will be ready. In the meantime, my open mare Rubizza (baby's granny) is in the field that abuts the foal's stall and has been hanging out a lot with her head in the stall. They may be able to bond. Many choices here. I'm just trying to figure out which will be safest for the munchkin.
We keep going up and down. This PM baby has pretty bad runs -- probably because she is drinking her milk replacer so well. I feel like I'm walking a tightrope.
Hoping baby Ballerina and I don't fall off.
Her grandma Rubizza has spent the day with her head over the door into the baby's stall encouraging her with soft nickers and nuzzles. Baby is too scared to go close to her, but when I take her to Rubi, Grand mama nuzzles her and licks her. I think that if we make it through a week, Rubi will be a very kind and watchful granny to her. It is so sad that her surrogate mother frightened her so much.
I am crying as I type this, so please forgive typos.
The baby crashed this morning and I rushed her to the vet school. She had rallied yesterday and was eating really well and even playing last night and very early today. The she suddenly developed rampant diarrhea and a temperature and refused her milk replacer.
The vet in charge is the same vet who saved Ballerina's real mother Wintermaske when she had a terrible accident and awful wound as a baby. I am so thankful that he is on the case. She is getting fliuds, antibiotics, etc, etc. I should know more tomorrow. Her joints were not swollen, so maybe we will have caught this in time.