Let me back up a bit...
On Friday afternoon I went with DH to move the mares. One of the mares had a day old colt and the colt had mothered up to a different mare who already had a baby. I dropped Gary off at one end of El Tank pasture and he gathered them and drove them to the other end to a set of pens. I drove to the pens and helped him sort the mare and her baby off.
We also cut out two other mares that were lame and needed some hoof care. I couldn't really take pictures because DH needed my help. Not that I'm much help, but I haltered the mares and held them while DH worked on their feet.
This isn't our mare. We brought in a second stud and in exchange for using this stud, the owner of the stud wanted to run a few of his mares with ours.We then left the mare and her baby in one pen and hoped they would mother up. I mean who could resist such a darling baby?
The next morning we loaded up some hay and went back to check on them, but the colt had not sucked so we haltered her and steered the baby to her. She kicked and tried to bite but we were able to let the poor little thing nurse. She wanted nothing to do with that precious little baby, but it was imperative that the little darling get that nutrient rich colostrum.
After I helped (all I really did was halter and hold them) Gary trim the other mares' feet and pull a couple of thorns, we loaded the mare and her baby up in the trailer and brought them to the house.
Looked like DD and I had a new summer project.
We have to halter the Mama every 3-4 hours and let that little colt nurse. Our night schedule is 10 - 2 - and 6. Last night wasn't too bad, but I imagine we will be dragging before long. DH just went into town for some parts and some milk replacer. We'll have to supplement with some extra bottle feedings. We've raised plenty of baby calves via the bottle but never a colt. She is so incredibly precious and Caitlin and I are already attached to her.
Looks like she did mother up...
Not exactly what we had in mind!
Come on Mama...