We had, earlier, moved the truck so that the bed was facing the shelter. And that’s where we spent the night. Hrimfari expelled the meconium, the black, tarry, fecal material, almost immediately. I was concerned because Signy had not immediately expelled the placenta. Pete repeatedly told me that this would occur between one and three hours – it took approximately three hours. I was also concerned because I wasn’t quite sure at first that the foal was getting a hold of the teat. Pete assured me that indeed, she was getting her colostrum.
Hrimmi was very active last night, far more active than any foal I’ve ever previously interacted with. This morning, first light, I woke (from dozing) to see her looking directly at me.
We did what was required this morning – I spread out and checked the placenta – it was intact. And I gave Hrimfari a much-needed enema. Only a real horse person would want the details – but it was impressive – a goodly amount of poop popped out quickly.
Signy has remained cool, calm, collected throughout – and has been doing what she does best – watching out for her newborn. Pete’s remained cool, calm collected, and has been doing what he does best – assisting me with the numerous details that follow an event like this. And me? I’m doing what I do best, attempting in writing and photographs to record what’s going on.
And what am I, who waited so long for this event now thinking? To tell you the truth, I’m both relieved and awed. I’ve now cried tears of relief and gratitude because I didn’t want to lose Signy. She’s my beloved lucky Irish horse. I told everyone who asked that I’d never breed Raudi –and I’m going to hold true to this. Dr. Sandi Ferris had once said in class that we ought not to breed our best loved mares; meaning, there is always the distinct possibility that things can go wrong. People are continuing to breed horses without taking into account that there are now too many horses out there. I’m glad to have the horses I had and did not need any more. Signy’s coming home from our trip pregnant was indeed a surprise. But I’m very excited now that Hrimfari is here. It’s truly a horse person’s dream to be a part of something as monumental as this.
It’s also cool that Pete is as into this and as concerned as I am about all of our animals’ wellbeing. Bringing a foal into the world and raising it is a huge undertaking that takes two people to do it right.
Dr. Wellington will be by this afternoon and do a routine health check. I suppose that after I will rest a little easier.
Nexg: 151. 05/8/12: The Unbearable Lightness of Being