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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.