Missy's Foaling Diary
Welcome Jemma 3/30/2001 @ 9:45pm
|April 7, 2000
||I delivered her to the breeder, L&V
Quarter Horses, Ashland, OH on Friday, April 7, 2000.
|April 23, 2000
|| She was bred to
Chipaholic on April 23, 2000.
|May 9, 2000
||Veterinarian in Ashland, OH checks
Missy on the 15th day after breeding and she is in foal ! !
Click here for the 15 day ultrasound
|May 23, 2000
|| She just passed the 30 day check. The
baby is doing very well and has a strong heart beat. Missy should be
coming home soon. Click here for the
day ultrasound picture.
|June 7, 2000
|| Missy comes home from the breeder to
her new home, Linden
Creek Farm. Linden Creek Farm was recommended by our
veterinarian as a great place for Missy to foal. Here she has a
large stall, daily turnout and an experienced staff is on-hand to assist
with the foaling.
|June 8, 2000
||Missy is checked by Dr. Jane Kennedy
MRCVS of Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic in Canonsburg, PA.
Missy is doing well at the 45 day check. Sorry, no ultrasound
|June 23, 2000
||Dr. Jane Kennedy is scheduled to do
Missy's 60 day check.
|August 22, 2000
||Missy was not eating her grain.
This is quite unusual. We called the vet. Dr. Becky could
not find anything wrong. Perhaps it was the baby moving.
|August 23, 2000
||Missy is now 4 months along and doing
well. She is beginning to show a bit. The baby is kicking
|September 11, 2000
||Missy had a bit of a problem
today. She decided not to eat her grain. She also was laying
down alot. Just to be safe, the vet was called. Missy is
doing fine. Perhaps the active baby was just causing her some
|September 23, 2000
Missy in now 5 months
along. She is beginning to fill out a bit. Here are some
|February 8, 2001
Missy is about 52 days away from
foaling. The baby has dropped a bit. The foal will do most
of its' growing in the last 2 months. I'm getting excited!!
|March 8, 2001
||Missy is doing well. Starting
to get a belly on her. Since this is her first foal and she is a
large horse, she does not look like the typical broodmare. I
noticed tonight that she is beginning to 'bag up'.
|March 17, 2001
||Missy is doing well. As you can
see I updated my web page and added the foal contest. Soon the Web
Cam will arrive and be installed.
|March 25, 2001
||The stall cam is finally installed
|March 26, 2001
||Missy is waxed up. She is
starting to show signs of getting ready to foal. Her stall is now
bedded with straw for the birth. Be sure to tune into the stall
cam for updates.
|March 27, 2001
Missy is wondering what is going on
inside her. She is wanting to be left alone. Tomorrow is her
tentative due date.
|March 28, 2001
||Well today is her tentative due
date. Missy is very aware of the changes going on inside
her. She does not want anyone, even me, to come near her.
She is bagged up and waxing. The baby has dropped some
more. At times she is restless and walks her stall.
She is not yet running any milk. Dr. Jane was here today.
She said Missy could deliver any day now. I had been taking
vacation to be with her, but I decided to go back to work
tomorrow. Watch - now she will have the baby!
|March 29, 2001
|March 30, 2001
arrived at the barn late afternoon. The first
thing I noticed is that
Missy looked 'thin' to me. She did not have the belly she had the
day before. I thought perhaps the foal was getting into position.
Missy also felt somewhat cooler to me. She was waxed up - big
time! Even her wax, had wax! I thought to myself - we
are having a baby tonight.
Missy was walking quite a bit in her
stall. Scotty and I thought perhaps putting her outside for a bit
would be good for her. In the paddock, she continued to walk the
fence line. Pacing back and forth. After 1/2 hour we brought
her in. It was 7:00 pm. I went for dinner.
Scotty left the farm.
I sat in the lounge and ate while
reading a book - Blessed are the Broodmares. I figured if my mare
was having a foal I should know something about the process. Hey,
better late than never to start reading about the subject! Little
did I know at the time that in about 1 hour Missy was going to
I left the lounge about 8:45pm and
went to the barn. I was on the farm alone, but only a phone call
away from assistance. Missy was doing well. I proceeded to
clean her stall and talk with her. Some folks from the barn
stopped by and noticed 'something' on her back legs. My
gosh! She was running milk! Then I saw the steam coming off
her. I said - "WE ARE HAVING A BABY - SOON!"
"I read this in the book!"
First I had to call for assistance
from someone much more knowledgeable than myself. I called JR at
the house and asked him to try and locate Scotty or Larry. JR
did. Larry arrived within 5-8 minutes. Cathy was there
also. JR on the phone. Lots of folks on the Internet
I decided it was time to call the
vet. Dr. Becky was on call. She was aware of the situation
as Dr. Jane filled her in. She was on her way to the farm.
Soon after I hung up the phone,
Missy's water broke. Larry and I worked to get her tail
wrapped. Several times we had to help Missy reposition herself in
the stall. It seemed each time she laid down she was too close to
the wall. Finally we got her in a good position. Moments
later I noticed the first hoof appear still tucked inside the bag, as it
should be. Next I saw the second
hoof appear. Hum, I thought - this looks good! Then the
muzzle. I was so excited. It took Missy a few minutes to get
the head out. Soon after the rest of the baby followed. Just
like the book I read 1 hour prior said.
Larry assisted in removing the rear
hooves. Cathy assisted by alerting us to possible problems, such as
opening the sac for air. Next Missy stood up and broke the cord,
The baby was laying down breathing and looking about. It was about
this time that Dr. Becky showed up.
Dr. Becky assessed the situation and
said all looked well. It seemed Missy had a normal delivery.
Soon after Missy arose she went over to the foal and started
bonding. She licked the foal for quite some time.
The next step was to get the baby
nursing. Dr. Becky and Scotty assisted Missy and the foal with
learning to nurse. It seemed that Missy was not quite ready.
She had not yet delivered the placenta. Dr. Becky worked with
Missy to get this process moving. A short walk down the aisle way
and soon after Missy passed a normal placenta. Next step - get the
foal to nurse.
For quite some time Dr. Becky and
Scotty worked with the foal getting her to nurse. It did not take
long to notice that the foal is able to walk completely under
Missy! That will quickly change as she will grow all too
fast! Soon the foal was nursing. Missy's instincts had
kicked in and she was being a good mother. Gone was the nasty
disposition that had arrived earlier in the week. Back was the
sweet mare I have know since she was 4 months old.
By this time some folks
watching on the Internet had arrived. Everyone was excited!
I sat back and commented -
"These are My Girls!"
Here are some of the first
pictures. You know more are coming because this is the FIRST baby!
Watch Jemma Grow Up -
Jemma is named after my cousin
Jack Elmer Michael (JEM) who passed away 3/30/2001 about 1 1/2 hours
after Jemma was born. Jackie will be happily remembered and sadly