A spring poulain!

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Spring is supposed to have arrived, but on some days? I wonder if I made a mistake with the seasons..maybe we are moving into winter? Noo..n..it is spring, surely. In spite of icy weather, we have lilacs blooming profusely, wisterias drooping low with heavy blooms, tulips swaying their hips and young ones grazing in the fields..like our adorable poulette who arrived this weekend.

On Friday night we saw that Gubi was getting restless, walking up and down, snorting, and we knew the hour would not be far. At 3:00 on Saturday morning it started. She lay herself down in the écurie and those first two feet appeared. It was cold out, raining, wet and we piled on the hay so Gubi’s new poulain could enter the world soft and warm.

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After an hour of hard work, the process was over and Gubi could take a break, while the poulain found its strength, its breath and while we could also take a breather!

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Of course the first thing we searched for…a girl or a boy..and yippeeee..a little poulette…a little girl! We called her Duméla, which is “hello” in Sotho, one of south Africa’s 11 official languages.

As tired as she was, on shaky legs, Gubi raised and took on her role as mother. From that moment on, we hear the sound we haven’t heard before..a gentle, soft  throat whinny, which is of course her mothering voice.

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Duméla just went from strength to strength and she is already taking a run on those cute long legs.

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Mon chéri is of course blooming too! He is surrounded by girls here on Coin Perdu, but does he complain..non..how can he, when he he has only excitement and challenges and happiness around him!

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Duméla is today 2 days and a few hours old and cute as a button!

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Sleeping, brushing against Maman and drinking that delicious milk freely, is her biggest happiness at the moment. And what can I say, watching them happy and healthy, is our biggest happiness!

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à bientôt!

Ronelle

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15 responses

  1. How adorable your new pony is. I can see she is going to get a lot of attention from everyone. Enjoy your new addition.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

  2. June @So_meow

    What a sweet share. Merci douces!

    May 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

  3. Mama horsie is very beautiful! And, of course, the filly is adorable. Congratulations!

    May 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  4. Oh joy of joys!!! What breed is this?

    May 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  5. Sweetest story ever! Beatiful! Congratulations to everyone!!

    May 5, 2013 at 1:47 am

  6. Isn’t life grand!

    May 5, 2013 at 5:31 am

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  8. Mother and daughter are both beautiful! Congratulations :)

    May 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  9. Eva

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful time with us all. What joy!

    May 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  10. Mama is beautiful and so is her baby. Congratulations! I’m sure there are many days of happiness in store for everyone at the farm with this new addition. Hope you warm up soon.

    May 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  11. annie

    Awwwww, Ronelle…What a charmer. Congratulations to the mama and to all of you. These are such special moments, and Spring is the best time. Wonderful photos.
    Hugs, Annie

    May 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  12. thank you everybody..merci, je suis touchéé!
    Ronelle

    May 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

  13. Pam..they are Comtois horses.
    bises
    Ronelle

    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  14. thecrazysheeplady

    Oh, so cute! What a good momma :-).

    May 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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