The photo says it all… “How much longer do I have to bear this weight?”
Having discovered yesterday that Rubi has milk (see yesterday’s post), the birth of the foal appears imminent and I am really hoping to see it happen this weekend. We’re into October now, and the vet said ‘three weeks maximum’ a month ago! The school where I work goes onto a longer school day from next Monday, as the weather is cooler, and it will be a bit more pressure to add to the mix. Sleeping in the tent near the stable in case of an emergency, I have lost so much sleep this term that my school preparation has not been 100% and I am hoping that these photos are the last of the pregnant Rubi and the next photo will be a foal!
Please have the foal, Rubi! You have a huge blog following, so it’s time to deliver the pretty foal pics!
The vet said I must check for milk to make sure it is flowing correctly, and also check that the foal is able to drink. The first 24 hours are crucial because the milk contains important material to ensure the foal’s immune system functions well.
Intrigued by the legends about ass’s milk (Cleopatra bathed in it for its nutrients and skin care qualities), I tasted it this evening. Yuk! It was bitter and had slightly rancid aftertaste. Maybe it was some of those special ingredients for kicking the immune system into action. It certainly kicked my revulsion system into action… Give me my carton of standard full-fat cow’s milk any time! Sorry Roobs.