Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mama drama

About a year ago, Linda bred Mahaganaska to Awesome Knight. This pairing has produced a number of nice foals, including Kenlyn Gold Standard and Kenlyn Tesla. However, this time Mahaganska failed to settle... at least that's what the vet said when he did a pregnancy check.

And he was right. 

Mahaganaska was not pregnant.
Fortunataa+ was.
Both mares were living in the same pasture. Fortunataa foaled sometime during the night, and  Mahaganaska, who is the boss mare, stole Fortunataa's baby. When Rene and Jose arrived in the morning, there was a black mare standing over a black foal. They assumed the two went together, and no one questioned that until later in the day.
Fortunately, the mix-up has been rectified. 
Fortunataa is delighted to have her foal back, and baby is happy to have a mother who can feed him.
There is some concern for the baby's health because he missed half a day's worth of colostrum, but, fingers crossed, he looks fine so far.
This boy has been one surprise after another!
 Mahaganaska is back in the field with her the rest of the old broodmares...
And Fortunataa gets the last laugh. 
What an exciting couple of days! Here's hoping for the baby's continued good health and no more mama drama!

10 comments:

  1. The only sad part is now he will most likely grey and lose those stunning markings when he gets older!

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    1. He's definitely grey. There are little white hairs around his eyes. That helped unlock the secrets of his true parentage!

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    2. What a shame he'll grey out, but I'm glad he's back where he belongs. Thank you for the update!

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    3. How was the mix-up discovered?

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    4. The Kidnapping mare was not producing milk. When the owner arrived she realized that two black horses do not make a grey and this baby is definitely a grey. And the real Mom was agitated and dripping milk.

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  2. Aww--That's too bad that Mahaganaska *isn't the mama--the 2 looked so cool together in their matching colors!

    Please keep us posted on how he does!! (Hey! Where's the handsome grulla foal & his cremello dam??)

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  3. Omg hes so cute! Pore little thing

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  4. In the dairy world a lack of colustrum won't affect newborns right away, they will look just fine in the beginning. The problems arise a couple of weeks later when they encounter their first "germs" and have no immune system to ward them off.

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    1. This is what the barn owner said. I hope he will be okay. He is such a cute little guy.

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