Extra post this week to make up for the lack of posting last week. But also because I have to get this out. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a while and last night got to a fevered pitch.
I am totally freaking out about this foal.
It’s not like this is the first foal we’ve had but I know now how ignorant I was back then and it’s been over 15 years. Plus Valeria is due in early March and our winter autum/winter has been very wet. I would have preferred a May baby.
I have so many questions/concerns (but also will concede that I might just be crazy). What temperature is too cold? Do I need to blanket the baby? How wet can baby get before it’s too wet? How cute will baby look with wet curls? How do I keep baby warm because I keep picturing baby standing in the rain with mom shivering!? Because my horses always stand in the rain at the worst opportuned moments!
I’m not sure why I’m so overly concerned about the weather but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve questioned if an 10’x24′ shade with walls is large enough for a 24’x24′ stall. I’m irrationally freaking out over really stupid stuff. Nevermind all the nutritional junk I need to educate myself on.
Right now Valeria is eating 20lbs of alfalfa a day plus free feeding on bermuda grass. She has become so large recently that I may have to upgrade her from land hippo to wooly mammoth. I’m not 100% sure the weight gain is all baby and I may have actually pushed her into the category of obese by feeding her so much but her top line was starting to look ugly and embarrassing.
Oops tangent. I meant nutrition for the baby. I don’t want to screw up baby joints. Especially on a baby born with an expensive price tag, because I don’t know that I’m keeping this baby. If it’s a colt, I’m 98% sure I’m selling because it deserves to prove it should keep its balls and I’m not equipped to house a stallion (otherwise cut those suckers OFF). If it’s a filly, I may be keeping it because she will probably be a nicer horse than her dam.
I don’t know. Am I courting hysteria yet? I’m afraid to go online searching for answer because I think it will breed more crazy.
The baby fever is strong but perhaps not in the most productive way. Someone help me…