It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

Earlier this year – May 11 at 4:05am, to be exact – my husband and I welcomed our first baby into the world.

And anyone who knows us knows that this baby was NOT of the human sort.  We much prefer 4-legged children.

Screenshot (5)  (photo by Kathleen Clayton)

This is Gigi, the first filly out of our first show horse.  Earlier this month, she turned 6 months old.  For those of you who are horsey people, I’m sure you know where this is going.

Yup, we have found ourselves in the Weaning Season (gasp!).

For those of you who are NOT horse crazy, weaning a foal is the time when it is separated from its mother.  Like the debates over vaccines and breast feeding in the human world, every horse person seems to have the RIGHT way and time to wean.  I think you’ve got to do what’s best for each horse while still working with what you have available.  For us, and for Gigi, that time is now.

She’s not enthused about her new, lonely and smaller stall.  Her mother seems pretty thrilled to have no one to steal her hay.  And the barn cats are confused that everyone has switched stalls.  But overall, all involved parties seem to be handling the rite of pony passage quite well.  Except perhaps MY mother.  I think she’s more stressed than the horses. 😊

You’ll be hearing more about this little lady.

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8 thoughts on “It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

  1. Ahhwww what a pretty girl!! And yes, weaning can indeed be hard.. all these suggestions about ‘what is best’, you just have to find it out as you go along! But it sounds like you’re doing fine 🙂

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