Tuesday, October 5, 2010
How does that work? Gracie's conception date was September 12, 2009, so she and I have been having daily (at least) chats whilst awaiting the arrival of her foal, since her milk started coming in at the beginning of August. The udder filled up over time, and I was convinced it had to be a boy, coming late, as time went by.
She's shown ALL the signs of imminent birth at various times; restless, lying down, looking at her flanks, kicking at her belly. dropped muscles at croup, belly bump dropped forward, off her food, off her drink, waxed up teats, even some (little) relaxation of the vulva (or was that my imagination??)
She's enjoyed tummy rubs and me listening to the movements in her flanks, left side mainly so I gathered his back was against the right side.
Anyway, she seems to have perpetuated one giant hoax!! Another 'phantom pregnancy', She did it before, going in foal in the January after EI, but I figured that was probably because her hormones were confused with the number of injections the stud used to organise her service to suit their own timetable, and I don't remember movement in the flanks last time!
This time she came naturally into season, was served naaturally and went straight in foal. And size developed over the last year as expected.
How does that happen?? The body must have terrific "muscle memory" to go through all those stages, preparing for a birth that doesn't eventuate!!
She seems to be convinced nothing's happening now! I let her in with the mob last week and she straightaway went for a bath in the dam, rolled, then had a kick up and a gallop and tried to convince the others to enter the water. No Way!!!
SHe's very well!! She's been standing around, being a pregnant old lady for a good many months ..and now it looks as if she's sick of that image. Over the last three days, she's been regularly having bursts of exercise, careering around the paddock at full gallop; beginning to look quite trim!!!
Was that big belly just the result of a sedentary lifestyle??
Well, I guess she's enjoying retirement already; but she's developed a liking for the quiet chats and comes up, without the others, to have a back/tummy rub. Funny girl!!!