Thoughts on New Colt

A month has passed since he was born but I still can’t look at the photos and videos from that first hour.  The day turned out well, of course, but the anxiety lingers.

I did not think he was going to make it.

Normally, I’m hands off on these things.  Not that I have a whole lot of experience in this area—I don’t—but after watching him struggle for nearly an hour, shivering and exhausted, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer.

The problem was the amniotic sac.  Maybe mom could have worked it loose with a bit more time but I wasn’t going to take that chance.

I grabbed the rake and used the handle to slide it off his back legs, like pulling his pants down.

Mom was not thrilled with my involvement.  But then I went back to cleaning the corral.

That’s the difference you see between the images at 2:40 and 2:45 in the following video.

I still think he’s small for his age.  Perhaps he was born a week or two early.  That would explain much of what I saw that day.

Yes, I’ve touched his nose but that’s it.  No stalls, no blankets, no halters, no imprinting.

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