Last night was the worst night ever! Cowpokette was sleeping wonderfully until about 11:30 am when she woke up screaming bloody murder. Nothing made her happy. I tried everything. She just wouldn't stop screaming. I finally got her to go back to sleep when she woke up at 2:00 am screaming again. So, this time Mr. Cowboy took over and couldn't get her to stop screaming either. The girl didn't have a fever or anything. She would just scream. So, last night Mr. Cowboy and I went to the ER with her to find out that nothing was wrong with her. We were lucky and were the only people at the ER at 3 am. Very nice. We were out of there and back in the car by 4:30 am and then back home at 5 am. The ER Doctor did say that maybe she had an ear infection but because she had so much wax in front of the ear drum he couldn't really tell. He did try to clean it out but she screamed. So, he gave her a shot of antibiotics and some pain meds that finally knocked her out. She slept until 12 this afternoon. So, needless to say I didn't make it out to see my foals this morning.
But when I looked outside what did I see? Yes, what is that you see Cowpokette? Is that Pearl and her 5 day old filly running away from the herd of horses out in the big pasture? Yes, you are right, it was Pearl and her 5 day old filly out in the big pasture with barb wire fence and lots of other horses! Let me tell you, after a night of no sleep and a screaming baby, I was fit to be tied. "You don't make my Momma mad!" My father in law just thought I wasn't home and I didn't go out to check on the mares so he took it upon himself to turn out my 4,000 dollar filly in the huge pasture at 5 days old! I was waiting until Cowpokette woke up so I could go outside and see the mares and foals. "Oh my Momma is mad at YOU!!" We have this rule around here that we don't turn out mares and foals until they are at least one week old. Pearl's filly won't be a week old until Monday! I want to know why he thinks he has the right to turn out my mare and her foal? And if he didn't think I was home, then he should have called me and asked me why I hadn't been out to the barn yet. Or even better, called me and asked me if he could turn out my super expensive foal. Which I would have told him NO! "Let me think about this......" I just don't know why my father in law just can't call me and ask me about my horse. I know she is in his barn, but I clean up after them. I don't ask anyone to feed them or clean their stalls or pick up the hay. I clean the water buckets. Why, oh why can't he just leave my mare and foals alone for once? "Yeah, You Mister, she is talking to YOU!!" Two years ago, my father in law paid 250 dollars to breed his mare and he got this really cute palomino filly. That mare and filly stayed in the barn for about two months. Then the pair was turned out in a separate pasture for about another month or two. Then finally they were aloud to go out in the big pasture with everyone else. So, since when does a 250 dollar foal get better treatment than one I paid 4 grand for? Just because it's mine, that's why! I can't ever have anything nice.
Just the other day I was telling my father in law how I would have to keep the foal stalled more when weaned because I plan on showing her in weanling halter and then in yearling lunge line so I need her to be kept up nice. So, then the very next day, he goes and turns my mare and foal out. I just don't get it. But I need to go and get Cowpokette's prescriptions filled and get some food because we are totally out. Hopefully I will calm down by then. Deep breaths!