Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Farm Girl

Sorry, I've been a bit slack in posting, but school has started again, and there was a lot of preparation and organisation to take care of. I also had a very busy weekend because I was farm sitting out at the horse farm. I also had to help a mother mare feed her foal. That required me to learn the extraordinarily unusual skill of horse milking, which is very much like milking a cow, but with a smaller udder to deal with. I was going to feed the foal all weekend, but ended up only having to do Friday evening. The rest of the weekend I had 16 horses to look after. They had individual feeds twice a day, plus water troughs for each horse to keep topped up. It was very hot, so the horses and I were drinking so much water. There was also poo to keep under control, and horses do remarkable amounts of poo in 24 hours. Some horses can produce a wheelbarrow load in a day. 

While I was farm sitting I also had a flock of gorgeous hens to feed. I loved their enthusiastic welcome, and the way they scrambled over my boots as I poured their food into their tray, chatting away to each other. The warm brown eggs were a treasure to collect daily. The farm hens have a wonderful big area to free range in, and I wouldn't want to have hens unless I had enough land to have an equally expansive area for them to live in. 

Our little filly is going home tomorrow morning, so that will be her first big adventure. Here she is, one day old. 
 You can see her front legs look a little bent. She had contracted front legs following delivery, and required some treatment to straighten out the tendons.
 She was still very wobbly because her legs were more bent on her second day, and had an injection into her leg. Poor wee thing- it must have hurt. Tara wasn't at all pleased about having her foal abducted briefly.
 Here she is a few days old.
 Her markings are absolutely beautiful. We still have no idea what colour she will be eventually.
 Look how straight her front legs are after treatment. She showed me her canter when she was playing. There is still some debate about her name, but it is Aria at the moment (Centaria as her show name). We don't have 100% agreement as yet.
 Now here's my other little friend, not so wee any more! Zanny's filly foal called Fergie. She's a delightful, inquisitive creature.
 Take a look at Fergie's chest. She has patches like this where her first baby coat is coming out in patches, showing her next colour. These dark patches are very much like Zanny's colour, but Fergie's face is still red bay colour, and she has a bit of a browny tinge coming through the dark fur in some places. So I still have no idea what her exact adult colour will be, although I'm guessing she will be bay, and not as dark as Zanny.
 Fergie seems to love the taste of sunblock. She got a bit rough with her licking and when I told her to back off she reared up at  me, so I had to tell her off. You can't let them boss you around at any age, even if they are cute as anything.
 Look how fantastic my girl Zanny looks. Her coat is actually dappled!
 I am so fortunate to have these two divine ladies in my life.


Anonymous said...

The new foal is adorable!! So sweet.

Wouldn't it be lovely if Fergie kept those markings on her chest..I know it is not going to happen but they are so unusual.


Emilio Fernandez said...

Good morning how are you?

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I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

For all this I would ask you one small favor:
Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from New Zealand? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in New Zealand in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Calle Valencia, 39
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

Yours Sincerely

Emilio Fernandez