Welcome Winnie – A New Filly at the Ranch

Winnie

Winnie

We have a new addition to the family at the Anstine Ranch.  Her name is Winnie, and she is a little filly colt that was born Saturday, March 19th.

As we drove up the road and I scanned the pasture checking to make sure everyone was present and accounted for.  I noticed something standing  out there that didn’t fit it.  It was smaller and lighter in color than the others.  It wasn’t a deer… I immediately sqeeled, “WE HAVE A BABY!”   I slammed on the breaks and threw the flat bed in reverse.  Quickly pulling back into the drive.

Hank and Lea jumped out and got the gate.  As I pulled through they were already running to grab a halter and grain.  They knew that the rest of the horses probably hadn’t noticed the colt yet, but when they did, there could be trouble.  We have a lot of horses, and mules.  The mares can sometimes try to steal a baby from a mother and the mules can sometimes try to stomp a colt.  It can mean a lot of running and kicking for both a mother and a baby which is of course hard on them just after their labors.

We scanned the pasture and saw the colt had laid down to rest.  Her mother, Peaches, and two other horses were standing watch over her.

Peaches stands watch over her new baby

Peaches stands watch over her new baby

We eased out and put a halter on Peaches and then coached the colt to stand up on its wobbly legs.  We scanned it over and took note that she was a girl, a little filly!  All her parts were intact, no bumps, no scrapes, everything was straight, except for her cute little curls on her ears. (which will straighten out later)  We let Peaches eat grain as the filly got her sea legs under her.  Then we began our journey.

We would be leading Peaches and her little filly across the north end of the big pasture, through the “yard”, and into the south pasture.  This meant making our way through the many horses and mules. It would be a long walk for the new-born and a lot of defending for the mother.  We were there to help the whole way of course, but it wasn’t long before the rest of the crew realized there was something new in their field.

 The horses charged into see the baby

The horses charged into see the baby

The other horses charged into see and Peaches would spin and turn to defend her baby.  We warded off the crew as they swarmed around us like a storm.  We eventually made it to the gate and into the “yard”.  We again warded off the other horses and mules as they stormed, whinnying, running and charging at us.  We eased Peaches and her new baby through the gate.  As we closed it the others charged and smashed into the fence, some trying to jump over and kicking at one another.  We were finally out of the storm.

The journey continued as we headed to the south pasture and planned to put mom and baby in the arena there  temporarily.  There, they would be safe from any horse or mule that may by chance make it over or through a fence.  They would also have time to recover from the days events and do some bonding.

Mom and baby take nourishment after a long journey

Mom and baby take nourishment after a long journey

The two are doing very well.  They are now out of the arena and actually roaming the south pasture.  At three days old, Winnie is of course already faster than her mom and can jump through the cat tails with ease.  We know it’s a long road for a colt and unknown events can happen, but we are happy to welcome her to the family and share her with you all.

Welcome Winnie

Welcome Winnie


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