It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

We’ve had a very busy 14 days.  It started on April 25 at 5:10 AM with Hit the Limit going into labor and delivering a healthy, very leggy colt by Classic Empire. This year the mares have decided to go past the average 340 days of gestation, to an average of 352.  And they’ve not been giving a lot of notice of being close to delivery.  Good thing we have Hugo on close watch to see the small indications of imminent delivery and he calls so Chuck and I are there for the delivery.  Usually very little help is needed with the actual delivery, but the men did need to assist Hit The Limit a little with delivering this 125 lb. colt with good size, shoulders and hips. As usual we collect the colostrum from mama and feed it to the foal as soon as possible.  Good thing with this boy, since it took him two hours to get his legs under him and stable enough to stand, after a little help getting up. So the next day Get Back Anne started showing signs of labor about 3:20 AM.  She was ready, but the foal was not in the correct position.  Luckily after walking the mare for about 15 minutes, the foal got into position and at 3:55 she delivered a healthy 118 lb. colt by Goldencents.  Annie was exhausted and needed to rest for about 25 minutes. This colt is very flashy, with a great blaze and lots of chrome, as you can see.  I’m sharing this photo that shows his very long legs, but I’m sure when he’s...
Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Ten days until the Kentucky Derby. You’d expect me to be writing with excitement about our boy Goldencents having a Derby Horse from his very first crop, right? Nope! We had five mares left to foal when this past week started. Born To Be Winner and Get Back Anne were both overdue (since the 8th) and Born To Be Winner is a maiden, which always makes me a little nervous. Maidens are mares having their first baby. You never quite know how they are going to react to the foaling and mothering thing. (Get Back Anne has already had a foal and was a good momma.) Hit the Limit’s due date was the 13th and Ivanka’s due date was the 15th… so that’s four of the five.  Orientatious was just hanging out since she isn’t due til May 6. During the waiting game, my morning starts with our guests asking, “Any new babies last night?” and my answer was the same, “No, none of the girls are even acting like they’re close to delivering.” As most of you know, there are signs to watch for and we weren’t seeing any.  One of the first signs is the mare will produce milk, so you’ll see their bag start to swell.  Well, nobody had a bag on Sunday, on Monday, on Tuesday.  So we were surprised when Born To Be Winner gave birth to a Jimmy Creed colt at about 4:45 AM on Wednesday the 17th. With no bag – meaning she was not producing any milk – we had to feed the little guy one of our bottles of colostrum...
It really and truly is Spring!

It really and truly is Spring!

Spring, like pregnant mares, doesn’t read a calendar. No matter what the calendar says, there is generally a day in the Bluegrass when you just know that Spring has finally come. This year, it was a glorious Sunday (aka March 17) when we’d had a couple of warm days the week before.  On that day, the sun was shining and there was just a beautiful spring smell in the air.  The grass was beginning to green thanks to the warm days that week, and maybe that’s what created the beautiful smell.  It’s hard to describe, but when it comes, it fills your heart. And this year, we were blessed on that particular day to be celebrating the arrival of three foals in six days the week before.  Icing on the cake. The first was Suzy Malibu.  This was her second pregnancy, and so far she seems to be a creature of habit – good ones.  Once again, she foaled at the civilized hour of 10 PM and once again she was right on the average gestation of 340 days…. on March 9.  Just like last year, she didn’t give many signs… just got restless for an hour and then, “OK, it’s time!” Her colt by Jimmy Creed was anxious to throw his long legs around in a few attempts to get up, and he did spring up all by himself in just 35 minutes.  He didn’t stay up long but then he got up again and immediately figured out nursing.  He appears to have a voracious appetite!  After about an hour, he finally laid back down and took a nap. ...
Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Three foals in three days…. in my book, that’s a busy time at the farm! But first let me refresh your memory.  We had Baby Penumbra early this month, and the other mares due this month were: Rose dela Troienne due Feb. 8 Miss Dixie Rose due Feb. 14 First Shift due Feb. 15 Golden History due Feb. 25 Common sense would tell you that Rose dela Troienne would be the first of these mommas to deliver.  But I will remind you that we’re talking about pregnant mares who sometimes don’t follow common sense, let alone look at their projected foaling dates written there on the stall door. So, without much notice, First Shift decided on February 25 at 12:30 in the morning that her baby was ready.  More accurately, her colt by Goldencents decided it was time!  Momma had an easy delivery, helped by the fact that he was a manageable 115 pounds in size.  Her colt was very content to be bottlefed and just snuggle in the straw.  He did try out his legs by 1:45 AM.  He was quite sturdy and walked around his stall and Mom helped him figure out the nursing thing.  With Mom and baby doing well, Chuck and I went back to the house and let Hugo continue to monitor them and the other mares. We got almost back to sleep when Hugo called and announced that Rose dela Troienne (then 17 days over) was finally showing signs that it was her turn.  Back at the barn, Chuck found that she was ready but the foal wasn’t quite in the correct position. ...
Anticipation of a New Year

Anticipation of a New Year

The New Year at Rosecrest Farm is the biggest of times, yet the quietest of times. It’s a big deal because the babies aren’t babies anymore.  As most of you know, Thoroughbreds all celebrate their birthday on January 1st.  So the weanlings all became yearlings.  It’s big, because there’s just a month to go before the craziness begins.  Mares start foaling, trips to the breeding sheds begin and our vet seems like a permanent fixture at the farm.  Certainly Chuck and I don’t go anywhere!!! But this is the calm before the storm and it’s a good time to catch up on who’s where…. We have eight now-yearling fillies and colts at the farm and, yes, they are very full of themselves – just like most talented teenagers.  Seeing them sprint across the fields is a thrilling sight that warms the heart. We have five 2-year-olds — three fillies and two colts.  They have been saddle broke and are enjoying being ridden.  And it’s fun for us to see them taking these beginning steps on their careers.  So far, they are enjoying their next job of being a race horse. We have one 2-year-old who needs a name.  It’s our filly by Strong Mandate, out of Charley’s Hope.  So far she’s been named Charley’s Hope 17, or just “Charley”, but it’s time for that to change.  How about some ideas from our friends???? For those of you into background, here’s a snap of her 5-cross pedigree.  For those of you who are new to this naming thing, names can be no longer than 18 characters, including spaces and here’s...