‘Tis the season for late nights and early mornings if you’re a wrangler here at Vista Verde. Terry, Nicky, John and Reid have been taking turns checking on the broodmares and keeping watch on new foals. With the snowy weather we’ve had recently, it is even more important to make sure the mares are carefully watched for signs of impending deliveries. Typically, the mares are brought in at night to their warm and cozy stalls. Then, someone checks on them late at night. Inevitably, the mares hold off until everyone leaves them alone, and whoever checks in early in the morning finds a new foal happily nursing away. It’s amazing how animals just do this stuff naturally and without affair.
So far, we can introduce you to Bella, a filly out of Houston. Next up is Stormy, another filly by MJ. Those of you who remember sweet Bailey from last year will believe me when I tell you that Stormy about crawled into my lap when I went down to meet her and take her photo. Then Flicka delivered another cute filly, who we are calling Whimsey. We are still waiting on Rachel, Lucky, Sassy and Patti. It will be exciting to meet these new foals as they arrive. We’ll continue to post photos of each of them on our Facebook page as they arrive.
For those of you coming this summer for a dude ranch vacation, don’t forget that you get a chance to help us train these youngsters in our weekly Foal Handling Clinic. It’s always an amazing time, bonding and loving on these sweet little equines. Everyone can use some baby love!