There are people who have raised horses their whole lives who have never seen a foal born. Mares are typically quite private about it. And births rarely occur during the day. They are more likely to occur between midnight and 5am. When a mare goes into labor the whole process, if nothing is wrong, should take no more than 45 minutes. Longer than that, and they’re having trouble for sure.
When we came upon this mare herd, we caught Jazz right as her water broke. We watched her, and photographed her from afar for about 10-15 minutes. Everyone was very excited as it was the first birth that Zach, Kelsey and Ty got to see.
She laid down.
And then got up and down again and again, and rolled around. Myself, having witnessed the birth of one of my own colts two years ago knew this was not a good sign. Although, we do believe that her rolling around was a way to help put the baby in a better position. However, this mare belongs to Zach’s Daughter, and she doesn’t have the best luck with her foals, or her horses for that matter.
Normally we don’t intervene, but we decided that in this case we should. This mare is a really gentle mare, and we figured if she’d let us help, we should. So we drove over closer to her. And tried to remain really really quiet.
Zach crept over to her so he could help. The foal’s elbow was stuck.
And, success! The first touch:
At this point Zach motioned us over. So long as we crept and were quiet. He was all wet and looking a bit disheveled.
The mare was quite comfortable with us being there, so Kelsey crept up to be the first to rub the colt!
Look at the smile on that girl’s face!
He is not altogether sure that this world is where he wants to be!
Now it’s time to get down to business and see if these legs will work.
Mama says, “c’mon baby, you can do it”!
This getting up stuff is really hard work!
Jazz thought she’d show her boy how it’s done.
And she gave him some encouragement!
Then Kelsey thought she’d see if she could help.
Oh these legs are wobbly!
Kelsey got a lot of his trials on video.
It was a great experience!