Warning, this post contains a small rant! Our little foal is now three weeks old and I only have two week old pictures of her. She still doesn't' have a name. Every time I suggest something Mr. Cowboy says, "No way, I don't like that." I then ask him what he thinks and he never says anything. So, I might just have to start calling her what I want to call her and Mr. Cowboy won't have a say in it. No Name Filly is growing like a weed. The pictures above is from two weeks old. She is really muscular and is really playful. She and Belle will run around and play together. It's really cute. I think she is going to be a pretty big girl. Do you see that green bucket behind her? That is a Stable-Lyx bucket. I have had it out for the mares to lick on for the last 6 months of their pregnancies. Ever since Blaze had her filly, I have kept the lick inside with them. They are only kept in at night, so they are both able to lick on it all night. Well, the day before yesterday and yesterday, the filly had another small round of diarrhea. My father in law said to me this morning, "I think it's that lick. We have never given our horses that before and we have never had a baby with any problems. If I were you I would take that out of there."
He then went on to tell me how the Stable-Lyx was 16% protein and was not good for the foal. Little does he know that Omelene 300 is a 16% protein feed and that foals and lactating mares are supposed to be fed a higher protein of feed. And it's not all about the protein. You have to have a well rounded feed with vitamins and minerals. He has also said in past conversations, "Our babies just don't grow. They always take a bit longer to get tall and fill out. " Well, let me see, maybe it's because they don't have proper nutrients or the proper deworming schedule?
When I first moved here I was constantly told how I rode was wrong and that was not how things were done down here. Then my father in law went to a Natural Horsemanship Clinic (four years later) and called me on the way home and told me that I did know what I was talking about. Well, gee, thanks, I think! It takes coming from an "expert" not from some girl who learned it at some school. I do not claim to know everything, I am far from that, but I do know a little. I am just really tired of always being told I am wrong. It's really hard to get two different horse people together in the same barn. My father in law grew up just riding in a pasture while I grew up in a show ring. Two very different backgrounds. It just gets hard sometimes. Well, now that I have that over and done with, I feel a little better. That face makes me feel better too. My old man Brodi. This face helps me a lot too!She stands up for me when I get upset. She will fuss at the boys when they are making me upset. She is a good little Momma. Also on the news front, Big Cowpoke has safely landed in Ohio at his dad's house. Just 8 more days to go. And Pearl, oh that Pearl, still hasn't had her foal. I am still holding out for the 15th of April. My father in law says on the 13th. I really just wish that foal would get here so I could see it!