Tinkerbell is by BJ
Bandera and out of our mare
BRS Kool Jewel (Scottish
Bart x Kings
Wow, what a pretty filly! Born
at 12:30 AM on February 17, 2003. Her dam Jewel was purchased by us after she was
checked by the vet and declared open. As the months
went by, we were amazed at how she was so much the
same when she was cycling -- we didn't even notice
her heat periods!
After a few more months we were
really amazed at what an easy keeper she was, even
when in very hard work with a working cowhorse
trainer. A month or so after that I had her vet
checked, and she was declared not open, but in foal.
Hmmm. Come to find out, at her old home she had been
running with the stallion as recently as a day before
the vet check that proclaimed her open. So she was
too recently bred for the vet to have caught it.
Some of the pictures are not
very good; my digital camera does not take good
pictures in dim light. Sorry!
The pics will be loading while
you read the story... So, Jewel had waxed up about 3
weeks earlier. We were very unsure of the due date
because of the confusion over the breeding dates.
I've not been getting very much sleep, that's for
sure! Mostly, though, Jewel had her routine and never
seemed (from her behavior) like she was going to foal
on any night prior to last night. There were days
when she was bagged up more than others, and there
were days when she was dripping milk more than usual,
but from her behavior, nothing was obvious until
yesterday. She started really dripping milk at about
1 PM. She started getting a bit agitated at about
4:30. She would kick once or paw the ground.
At around 8 PM she started looking toward her
belly, biting it, kicking and pawing more. She had a couple of
periods when she calmed down, but then she would start up again. She
was still eating and passing lots of urine and manure, so we weren't
worried about colic.
Finally at about 10:30 she got more agitated,
and it was pretty obvious the baby would be coming that night. She
began tossing her head, pacing with more energy, and kicking harder.
At 11:45 her water broke. At 12 AM a foot emerged -- white. Then the
second foot right behind it, both facing the right direction! She
was pretty upset at this point, and she got up and down at least 12
times. She would lay down and have a contraction, and then get back
up. After about 20 minutes it seemed like the contractions stopped,
and she was laying down looking very tired. We called the vet, as
you are *supposed* to see progress with each contraction. At this
stage the foal's head might have been turned backwards.
While waiting for the vet, she had a period
of 7 or so minutes with no obvious contractions. I was at her head,
hoping to keep her from getting up and laying her butt against the
wall like she was very happy to have done many times already,
blocking the path for the foal. Allison came to her rear end and
grasped the foal's feet to be ready for the next contraction.
Sure enough, that seemed to stimulate things
to get going again, and contractions started. Allison pulled
downward with each push, and as I was standing there with my cell
phone at my ear waiting for the vet, that foal was born. How
exciting for Allison! When the foal was out to her shoulders, Pat
tore the membranes from around her face and she started gurgling and
trying to breathe. Then she came out to her hocks. Mom and baby
stayed still for a while with the foal's back feet still inside the
Then the foal was shivering and trying to get up.
She was amazingly different from the last one we
worked with at birth... She was very sensitive,
jumpy, more alert, more afraid of us. She was
shivering, so we were rubbing her with towels. I
lifted the tail and asked Allison, one hole or two? A
filly! Iodine to the umbilical cord stump while she
was still relatively immobile.
Jewel was a peach at
this point, probably because she was exhausted and in
pain. She nickered to the filly and smelled her but
was very calm and didn't move. After 15 minutes or so
the filly was out all the way and the umbilical cord
broken. The blood had stopped pooling, thank
goodness. She worked on standing up for about 15 more
minutes and then mastered it, preferring to shove her nose into the
corner of the stall, I assume for stability. Jewel was unconcerned,
but eventually stood up. Allison and I worked on tying up the
membranes so she wouldn't step on them and rip them out. Remind me
to find something better than baling twine for that! Slippery, and
heavy, and difficult to tie up!
After about 15 more minutes Jewel delivered
the placenta. Into the bucket it went for the vet to examine, and
for me to hopefully not forget about for 2 weeks like I did last
year, causing us to all wonder one day what the heck was that
The foal was still shivering, so we
rubbed with some more towels... pretty soon she was
trying to nurse. She managed to suck all the cobwebs
off of one corner wall of the stall before deciding
to try on her dam. Jewel wasn't standing very nicely,
and after it had been 2 hours since the filly's
birth, I haltered her up to try to get her to stand
still for nursing. That worked well for our maiden
mare Annie last year, but in Jewel's case, it just
seemed to make it worse. So I unhaltered her and we
all stood quietly without talking, and in about
another 45 minutes the filly was finally nursing.
After she got some food, we did a better job of
dipping the umbilical stump in iodine, and I put my
greyhound's blanket on her -- an almost perfect fit
-- and we all went inside.
Today I got confirmation that
I was right about her temperament. Our vet had never
seen such a struggle for a blood sample. I figure
she'll be a good performance prospect with all that
sensitivity and energy! :-)
I'm not going to try to tell you "Jewel
throws color!" because Jewel is a bay mare with no white - she only
had a colored baby because the sire was homozygous for tobiano!
BEWARE of people who try to sell you breeding stock and who say the
animal throws a color that the animal does not carry. For more
info on equine color genetics, read the color section of our
Update after Jewel's second foal was
born in '04: Jewel is much better at this now. Calmer,
not concerned. Very interesting! See her '04 filly
OK, here she is!
The next day: