A new baby horse

Our horse Reuben got a new playmate a few weeks ago.  One of the mares in the group of naughty mountain horses he hangs with had a baby.


He’s possibly the cutest creature mother earth has ever seen.  His name is Rooster.

I’m not in charge of the names, trust me.

father and son

We missed his birth by 15 minutes, which was a little heartbreaking.  We were waiting for a call night or day to be there when Sage delivered, but horses apparently give birth in 30 minutes or less, and if it takes more time than that you call in the big guns.

baby horse

I wish it were so in the human world.  I pushed for 3 hours with Charming.



The amazing thing about watching this whole thing transpire, is how much Sage looked like a human mama.  She was totally and completely exhausted and looked overwhelmed and a little scared.  She couldn’t lie down because Rooster needed to figure out how to nurse, but she looked like it was only a matter of time before collapse.

She kept looking over at me like ‘Please don’t come any closer.  I don’t want to trample you if you scare me or my baby, but I will, and if I bring it, we’ll all be sorry.

Poor mama.  I feel her pain.

new baby horse

Isn’t he adorable?  The skinniest little runt you’ve ever seen, but don’t worry, he’s nursing night and day.  And all the inbetween times.

colt nursing

He climbs up to full standing position very very carefully, wanders underneath his mama, and roots around for a nurse.  The first handful of times he walked all the way underneath his mama, completely missing the target.

Poor things, they needed a lactation consultant.

colt nap

Then, just like a human baby, as soon as Rooster has nursed for 2 1/2 minutes, he falls back down to the ground for a little baby nap.  It’s just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

I could have stayed and watched all day, but my own little ponies needed to be fed and bathed and watered.

Have you ever seen a baby animal be born?  I’m so sad I missed Rooster’s birth!  We tried, but at least we got to see him stand for the first time.

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  1. Emily :

    Rooster is the cutest thing!!!!!

    • Allison :

      Seriously, I adore him.

  2. Kelsey :

    That’s absolutely precious. What a sweet Mama that horse is.

    • Allison :

      She’s doing such a terrific job for a new mama!

  3. Qui :

    wow, good looking mare!! and Rooster, as in True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn? very cute :) How fun, thanks for sharing your lovely pics! I hope there will be more as baby Rooster grows? ;)

    • Allison :

      She’s pretty isn’t she? She’s nice too, which is a bonus.

    • Michal :

      I’m gonna step in here: Sage is the mama of Rooster, Sage like a Sage Grouse so the the son is a sage rooster; Rooster for short.

      • Allison :

        It’s still a terrible name for a horse.

      • Qui :

        i had to look up sage grouse :/ not quite as cool as Rooster Cogburn ;) but he’s an adorable foal either way, so, please, more pics Allison!!

  4. kelly king anderson :

    soo cute! now i want to know where Rooster is because i want to see him! where? please tell! :) great seeing you at EVO, you were looking cute & fab as always.

    • Allison :

      He’s out at a private farm in Provo. He’s adorable as ever though.

  5. Aimee :

    How adorable! Horses are so lovely.

    • Allison :

      Especially baby ones! I want to bring him home!

  6. Shea :

    Aw! Too cute.
    My stepdad is thinking of breeding two of our horses. I’m excited. :p

    • Allison :

      Oh my gosh, I was so excited when I found out Sage was pregnant. It’s been so much fun to watch.

  7. vanessa :

    i want my husband to be a horse trainer now
    forget dogs

    • Allison :

      Seriously. Can you ride dogs? Can you take them on overnight camp-outs as pack mules? If you answered no, then it’s time for a pony.

  8. Katrina :

    Wish my babies would have only had to nurse for 2 and a half minutes at a time..hahahah
    So did Michal talk you into keeping him?

    • Allison :

      Ha! Seriously, right? Cute little thing.

      We’re not keeping him! No. Even though he’s adorable.