This time it was quite unexpected and delivered in full view of some friends who had dropped in to admire Morris. The photos are not very good because I was not concentrating on camera settings but on my poor struggling Matilde. She had a real struggle getting the foal out and sat there recuperating for a long time while the foal took its first steps. This one is a female, not yet named!
Matilde needed a little first aid attention with Betadine on some torn areas, as it was a bit of a struggle for her, but she is otherwise fine. The foal has been very naughty already and started breaking down fences. The electricity is off for the moment for the foals to learn about it in controlled conditions and not get too traumatised on their first day. Within 24 hours I have seen the arrival of two lovely foals when I only expected one. The vet had said Rubi was pregnant but Matilde was not. Here is a video of the birth taken by a friend who was watching.
The donkey appears in her placenta bag and struggles out of it when she is on the ground. The placenta has to be kept to be inspected by the vet. My farrier friend Brian Colyer who was assisting today suggested that the placenta should be photographed for the record. He also said it was rare to see photos of the equine placenta. So, here is what it looks like. Turn away if you are squeamish and scroll down to the picture of the lovely foal who emerged from it earlier today.
9.30 pm Sunday 2 October, I finally have a name for Matilde’s foal. She is Aitana.