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Vale little Rossi.

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 1:35 AM

I've struggled a bit (a lot) with dealing with the loss of Tam's little colt foal, Rossi. We had to have him put to sleep less than 24 hours after he was born when i discovered he had been born with a rare congenital defect - Atresia ani. This is not something i had ever even considered having to deal with. You can almost come to terms with making the decision to euthanise an elderly horse, or one in pain or broken beyond repair. It's heart wrenching and emotional but you know it has to be done, and you do it. A brand new soul with a whole life time of potential ahead of him makes for a completely different kind of decision making. And a whole different kind of heart break.

With Rossi, even though he wasn't planned, i was terribly excited when i realised Tam was in foal. She was glowing and did so well being an older maiden. She was the first foal i bred with the Dungarron prefix. The first non-thoroughbred foal ever on the farm. Tam was fit and kept great condition, and when he was born she was so in love and was doing such a great job with him. And he was up and cantering circles around her, and she watched and whickered as he suckled. He was the perfect little colt and doing everything right and i smiled and took proud Nana photos and bragged about him.

And then very early the next the morning he was straining a little after a feed. I thought this strange as i have never had a foal not poo successfully, but i keep enemas in the foaling kit, just in case, so i went and grabbed one and a soft towel to catch him with so i could help move things along, but on lifting his tail, there was nothing there. Nothing. Just smooth skin. I looked again, felt right along, under, between his legs and back again. I let the towel go from around his belly and as i stood in shock, i knew what i had to do. 

We have great vets, but they're not equine vets. Even though there may have been a surgical solution at one of the specialist vets a couple of hours away, the odds of it being successful and him surviving to lead a healthy and useful life were very, very slim. It was the first time i'd met this young vet, Jeremy, but he arrived within an hour of my phone call and was compassionate and very gentle, both with the foal and the now somewhat distressed mare. And with me. I can't thank him enough.

And so our five foals are now back to four. And Tam is back with her favourite paddock mates. She's not the same. She's quiet and stands and watches the group of mares and foals over the fence. But we stand together in the afternoons. Just breathing and thinking and watching the light fade. Maybe we'll try again. For the both of us.

And we're done!

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:55 AM

Never in my life would i plan to have five foals in a season, but hey ... happy accidents have produced beautiful results.

Rossi made his way into the world at 10.30am this morning (8th October) Tamaris is a 15yo maiden, and she's doing a grand job. She chose a cold day after a really warm spring spell (two days over 30degrees this weekend) but he's up and doing all the right things. Tam is a little sore, but coping and feeding him like a champ.

I've named him Dungarron Ardrossan (Rossi)

Wish has arrived

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 8:45 PM

Our fourth foal has arrived. Another filly! Rosemarkie Merriijig was polite enough to foal mid-morning and i was lucky enough to be right there as Wish entered the world. She is exactly what i was looking for when i added a Paint to our partbred breeding program. My dream horse. Red dun with high whites. I've named her Earrach - Scottish gaelic for spring. Her paddock name is Wish.

Sunny spring day.

Posted on September 24, 2019 at 1:15 AM

Number three

Posted on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Completely in over my head now, we've had the first of three completely unplanned foals arrive. He's exceptionally cute, and i've called him Caiseal (pronounced cashel). Keziah is the perfect maiden mare and is looking after him brilliantly.

Cash will be for sale at weaning as a gelding. He'll be registered pastbred.

New friends

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 3:55 AM

Floyd is growing up

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:50 AM

Young Floyd had some big shoes to fill. We lost our beautiful stallion MacAdie to a horrible paddock accident in March this year. It's still exceptionally painful to think about. Looking at how Floyd is growing out, we think he will be able to step into Stallion duties when he's older. He carries great bloodlines. His sire, Rosemarkie Archer, is by Fourmerk Royla Scott (Imp) and dam, Staffa, is from Currie Park Stud in Western Australia and carries pretty much all of the original Australian lines. He's a really nice guy as well. With luck he'll be as exceptionally quiet and kind as his sire.

Another one hits the ground

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:40 AM

The second foal for 2019 was born on Friday 16 August. Another filly for Adie. First foal for Rosedene. This one will be named Dungarron McNeill. Paddock name Maggie. Named for a long term friend of the family.

Welcome little Ruby

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:10 AM

One of Adie's last foals has arrived a little early. but safe and full of sass. We've called her Dungarron Roisin, but her paddock name is Ruby. She's bold and friendly and growing like a weed. She's out of out lovely paint mare, River.

Dry autumn, Pretty ponies

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:05 PM

It's been a hot summer, and now a dry - very dry - autumn. There's a lot of feed being put into some ponies, but the big mob of mares on the creek seem to be fat on thin air. They come and watch every morning / afternoon at feed times. They are generally disappointed.