Gina’s foal is FINALLY here!

After 386 days of gestation, Gina finally produced a very cute blaze-faced colt! He appears to be chestnut (but could certainly turn gray) with two hind socks in addition to that great big blaze.

Welcome to the world, little colt!

My friend next door called me around 7:30 AM yesterday morning and squealed, “There’s a baby in your pasture!” Johnny and I abandoned breakfast and hurried outside. Gina was calmly standing over the foal, while Candy and Moe looked on. Candy was relaxed and making soft noises at the baby; Moe came over to the gate immediately, and was definitely more interested in where his breakfast was.

Baby had quite the welcoming committee. By 8:30 AM, he was surrounded by nine people plus Moe, Candy, and Gina. Gina stayed calm and relaxed, and didn’t mind the crowd of admirers or the other two horses. Baby appeared alert but unperturbed by the excitement.

Look at those knobby knees!

Throughout the morning, baby made several game attempts to unfold his long, wobbly legs and stand. After an hour or so, I called my regular vet, who advised tickling him along the spine to stimulate and encourage him to stand up and steadying him a bit once he did get up. That worked pretty well, and he began to totter around unsteadily. Gina sniffed and licked him instead of letting him nurse, so I had a couple of barn rats halter her and help keep her still. He nursed a little, tripped over Gina’s leg, toppled over, and decided to nap.

Being born and moving around is exhausting.

My usual vet (who I’d spoken to on the phone several times throughout the morning) was totally booked, and the clinic sent another vet (who I’d never met) out to do a standard newborn foal exam. When he arrived, his first question was if this was the only foal I’d found. (He was.) The vet was concerned about how small and thin he looked. He milked Gina and tubed the baby some colostrum. He advised that I should come out every couple of hours to make sure the baby was nursing properly and told me I’d need to feed him myself if he wasn’t. The vet also told me the baby might need antibiotics. I asked if I should just take Gina and the foal to the vet clinic; he thought that was a good idea.

So, into the trailer went Gina and her foal, and I spent the ensuing 45 minutes driving to the clinic in a nervous sweat. I waited for them to clear a stall, and was finally able to unload Gina and foal after nearly half an hour. Baby seemed a bit dazed (and who could blame him), but got up with some encouragement and nursed well after a few minutes. Gina seemed completely unfazed by the trailer journey and made encouraging noises at him.

The clinic was a little chaotic, as all but one vet was out on call and the remaining vet was busy taking radiographs of a miniature horse. The vet techs asked me to elaborate on what was going on with baby and Gina. The vet who’d advised me to bring the horses in had called to let them know I was coming, but apparently hadn’t briefed them on why he’d referred me there. I repeated what he’d told me to the best of my ability. I also passed along the vial of the foal’s blood he’d drawn and sent with me and the remainder of the colostrum.

He WAS born on #TongueOutTuesday 😛

The latest news is that the foal is still weak and having trouble getting up on his own. Once someone has helped him up, he nurses well and does normal baby horse things like bucking and playing. (Well, as much as he can in a stall with Gina.) He’s being supplemented with fluids to keep him hydrated, and is being helped up to nurse every couple of hours. His IgG levels were excellent, as was his other bloodwork. The vet is optimistic that he will gain strength over the next few days and be able to get up and down on his own and come home soon.

His registered name will be Marrakesh, but I haven’t decided on a barn name yet. Friends have suggested Marco, Rocko, and and Monty. Johnny calls him Moe Moe Junior. I guess we’ll have to see what he seems like when he comes home!

34 Replies to “Gina’s foal is FINALLY here!”

  1. Congrats! I hope he gets better fast. He totally looks like a mini Moe

    1. Thank you! The vet seems optimistic that he will get strong enough to manage himself in a few days, so I am trying not to panic, haha

  2. So glad he’s here! And I’m definitely thinking of him as these next few days pass. Hopefully he starts eating like a champion and builds a lot of strength.

    1. Thank you! I am relieved the delivery itself went without a hitch, even if he does need some extra help right now.

  3. Yay! He’s adorable! With some time and food he’ll figure things out! Love the chrome! I hope he doesn’t gray though 😉 Love the red ponies.

    1. I hope he doesn’t gray out either- red ponies are the best!

  4. Love the name and love his ears! He is so cute- very happy for you!

    1. Thank you! I am very partial to his blaze!

  5. Allie-Rocking E Cowgirl says: Reply

    He’s so adorable. I love Marco! Get strong soon, Marco!

    1. I can’t decide if I like Marco or Rocko more! Every time I hear Marco, I have to suppress the urge to say “POLO”!

  6. Moe moe Jr, then moe will definitely think the kid is his!!

    1. I’m counting on Uncle Moe Moe to teach this kid how to be the best horse. 😉

  7. Oh i love the name!! Get strong soon little man!

    1. Thank you! I thought I’d stick with the city theme of his sire, Mannhattan!

  8. Congrats! He’s gorgeous! Fingers crossed hard he is home very soon <3

  9. Aww I’m so happy he’s here – he’s absurdly handsome! Figures that Gina would make a beautiful baby! Fingers crossed he continues to grow stronger each day!

    1. I was pretty sure Gina would produce something that looked nice, but that big blaze was a surprise!

  10. What a pretty boy! I love him already! Hopefully the poor kid can overcome his struggles quickly so he can come back home.

    1. He’s not off to a very strong start, but I hope he’ll rally soon!

  11. Welcome little Marrakesh!! Glad the prognosis is good, and hoping he gets stronger soon!!

  12. So cute I can’t stand it! Congrats. And I felt like I was there, worried in the passenger seat as you drove them to the clinic. It will be so fun to see how he develops and selects his name for himself.

    1. I am excited to see what color he ends up!

  13. Welcome little baby!! I definitely think Moe Moe Junior is the winning name.

    1. I mean, he could do worse than being named after the Greatest Of All Time!

  14. Awww, what a cutie! Glad he is continuing to grow strong!

  15. Congrats! So happy he’s FINALLY here. I guess we know now why Gina was taking her sweet time delivering him. She looks like a great mom!

    1. Gina is a total champ!

  16. Congratulations! It sounds like he’s in good hands at the clinic and I LOVE the registered name. I vote Marco for barn name. 😉

    1. He couldn’t be in better hands- I am relieved he’s in the care of top-notch professionals! (Versus me, who is a total novice.)

  17. But how did Moe get him to look like his mini me? Baffling!
    Seriously though, I’m so sorry you had to bring them to the clinic. Hopefully he’ll be a strong, havoc-wreaking baby in no time!

    1. I think it was osmosis! I am sad he had to go to the clinic, but I’m really glad he’s in good hands!

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