Cam is up!

Rosa has moved to the foaling stall and the cam is up! Her milk test is at ~250 ppm tonight. So, although she held out for a while longer last time, it’s going to be a sleepless night.

Patience is a virtue

My wait to start milk testing Rosa seems to have paid off. Instead of tormenting me by not budging for weeks, she’s up to about 175 ppm. It’s likely she’ll be moving to the foaling stall shortly!

Holding out!

Though Rosa likes to foal early, she seems to not be impressed with the weather and my decision to breed her earlier last year. At least one of us is sane! Thankfully the snow and ice have finally melted in the paddock, though my field is still slowly melting. She has been seemingly stuck at the same level of udder development for a couple of weeks, but the first milk test put her at 90 ppm tonight. Last time she held out until over 300 ppm, but she’s been sneaky before. The foaling stall is stripped and will be disinfected shortly. Cameras will be up soon thereafter. A link will be posted. Hopefully we’ll be welcoming a foal by Ampère into the world next week!

It’s a filly!

Rosa presented us with a gorgeous solid bay filly just after 10:30pm on April 28th, the night of the pink moon. She’s tall, strong, and active. She has been blessed with Rosa’s Rohdiamant type head and has very correct conformation. We look forward to watching her unfold!

The real full moon

I’ve never seen Rosa agitated like she was this evening as I was doing night feeding. I have to admit, in a vain attempt to get this foal out sonner rather than later, I’m feeding early again tonight. There is no question in my mind that foaling is imminent. Her milk test verifies that as well. She came in over 300ppm. I had mistakenly reported that last night was the full moon after poor information on a random website. I noted, however, during a late night check that it didn’t look full. Consultation with my NEDA calendar marks today as a full “pink” moon. I guess time will tell if the “pink” holds any significance!