Thursday, June 21, 2007

What Can Happen Next on the Arabian Horse Breeding Farm

Lots of things happened here last week. In the middle it all I got some kind of flu and was spending most of my time as close to the toilet as possible. I was managing to get out to the barn to check on Aana's foal, Patriot and give him his meds but that was pretty much it.

The foal was struggling with that bad case of diarrhea even though he was getting Probios and Bio-Sponge to manage it. Somewhere near the middle of the week we had a nice mild dry day and I decided it was safe to put him out for a while. The poor foal hadn't been able to be outside much because the weather was either too cold and wet or way too hot for a foal that was already having problems. Once I gave him his meds and got his little bottom all cleaned up, I turned he and his mother out in the front field with the other mare and foal then I headed back into the house to rest.

Unfortunately, my resting time didn't last long. Just as I was beginning to nod off, there was a knock at the door. We live in the sticks and for the twenty years we've lived here, I can probably count the number of times people have knocked on our door. It's usually not a good sign. This was no exception.

Going to the door I found a young girl, probably in her early teens. From my half asleep fog I could hear her telling me that I had a foal in their yard. I didn't even know where their yard was. But the urgency of a foal any place but in my field was enough to snap me awake enough to hear her explain she was coming from the place next door. The un fenced place right on Meridian, the busiest most dangerous highway in the state of Washington.

The young girl didn't know how the foal had gotten over the fence but she had found him in the field with a dog chasing him. She had heard the dog and came out to investigate finding the foal on their side of the fence with the dog in hot pursuit. The girl caught the dog and put him inside. Then she caught the foal and tied him up.

Grabbing my shoes and putting them on while she relayed this story, I kicked into high gear once I heard she had tied the foal. I could only imagine what I would find when I reached the foal. For those who don't know horses need to be taught to tie, they aren't just born doing it. Tying a horse who is unfamiliar with it, would be just another form of trapping a horse and would probably be met with the horse fighting the rope. A foal would be most susceptible and very likely to break its neck. I didn't have a clue what to expect from whichever foal this might be.

To be continued...........

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  1. Oh... You left us hanging... You should write suspenceful novels, you are so good at leaving us hanging...clever but I'm not too sure I'll forgive you if you don't post tomorrow :)

    I hope everything turned out okay.

  2. Ok, it's already tomorrow and we're waiting with baited breaths. The dog must have terrified the foal and I can only imagine how upset Mama was.

  3. omg, a dog chasing a foal. Those are awful words to imagine!

    dont leave me hanging.....

    I HOPE HOPE everything is okay.

    beautiful photo btw!

  4. You can't stop there! I have to know if the foal is ok! ARGH!!!

    I'm no good with suspense. :)

  5. Oh, will you just stop with your "To Be Continued..." stories already??? I need to know what's happening!

    Also have a question regarding twins for you. Calves who are a twin are sterile (I just found this out from a dairy friend), and Darling and I are wondering if the same is true of horses?

  6. Aaahhhh!!!! Help, I want to know what happened!

  7. How scary! We need the end of the story, please.

  8. OMG! I hope he's okay! PLEAAASE don't leave us hanging like this!!!

  9. I sure hope everything is okay!!!!!! I wish I hadn't read this until you posted the rest of the story as I am not good with suspence especially when it concerns horses! You should write suspence novels!!!