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We’re Having a Baby! February 26, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Family,Farm — everydaywomanusa @ 6:16 am
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. . . Baby Workhorse, that is!

OK, this may be a bit “premature,” but we’re pretty excited!  The mare in the above picture, who is a beautiful Shire Workhorse and stands 18 Hands tall, will be joining our farm family tomorrow!  Here, she’s pictured with a foal she had previously, on the day he was born.  Isn’t he cute?

Here’s another picture of this beautiful female Shire, showing her true black color in the winter, at her current home in Michigan.  Looks like she doesn’t mind the snow with that nice, thick coat.  Well, the good news is, she’s pregnant again, due to foal this summer . . . on our farm!

Here’s the “Daddy” . . . . .

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He’s a magnificent, registered Premium Spotted Draft, who stands 18.2 Hands tall.  Can you imagine how beautiful–and big– their baby will be?

So, we’re eagerly awaiting “Mom’s” arrival on our farm tomorrow, and hoping she has a comfortable ride here, which is about a 12-hour drive.  Then, of course, we’re hoping for a very healthy, happy pregnancy.  We’re also thinking baby names, but, yes, that is a bit premature!!!  It’s always been my husband’s dream to raise a workshorse from the baby stage, here on our farm.  Although we’ve had two teams of Percherons (a triple-team at one time!), we’ve always gotten them as adults.  Kind of like always getting a grown dog, never a puppy.  You know how cute puppies are!!!

We also need to decide if we should keep the mare’s current name or adapt it in some way.  We really have to meet her first!  She’ll be welcomed by our current team of dapple-grey Percherons . . .

. . . as well as  Duke, our Golden Retriever . . .

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and our mini-horse, Whinny . . .

I’ll keep you “posted!”

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11 Responses to “We’re Having a Baby!”

  1. Jena Says:

    Congratulations!! It is great to hear she is going to a good home, there is such a poor market for horses right now. I just let one of mine go to a new home on Sunday and I am just hoping he’s taken care of like your mare will be! That stud is beautiful too, I hope you get a colored baby. Whereabouts is she coming from? I know a girl up north that had/has a stud like that. How exciting that she will foal at your farm. I can’t wait to see those pictures. She’s just gorgeous, especially with that winter coat! 🙂

  2. Jena Says:

    Forget to mention, love the looks of your team. So cute!

  3. I’m soooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jena,

    I was wondering if they might be neighbors of yours in Michigan. I’ll get the address and e-mail that and the woman’s name (also “Jen”) to you. Maybe you know them! She was downsizing and we found her on drafthorses.com Abbie and I are probably over-the-top excited, but you should see my husband, the real farmer! This was all his idea, but Abbie and her brother did locate this one for us.

    I can only imagine how excited we’ll be someday (?) when there’s a real, human baby coming our way making us grandparents!

    Kayla~my thoughts exactly!

  5. Oh Jena,

    I forgot to congratulate you on the new addition to your family! Baby lambs usually are a sure sign of spring!

  6. Jessica Says:

    Yay! I hope we get to meet the mom and babe when we visit Rose’s this summer. Oh, and Annabelle LOVES horses. Based on the photos, these horses are beautiful!

  7. Ruth Says:

    Yes! If all goes well, we hope to have our new foal with us during August, but as you know, Green Mamma, that’s a bit of a wait! Hope your own “wait” is going well!

    We love the name “Belle” and are considering it in case we have a baby girl . . . do you think Annabelle would mind? We’d LOVE to introduce the two and I can’t wait to see your precious little one in person!

  8. Ruth Says:

    To Jessica………..

    We all loved “Belle” as a name, short for Isabelle or Annabelle. My husband was the deciding vote on choosing “Annabelle” as our new Shire’s formal name and we all love it! Hope you don’t mind too much!

  9. Terri Says:

    Who is the spotted draft stallion in the photo?

  10. That beautiful spotted draft stallion is Isabelle’s father. He lives in Michigan and recently was gelded, so our dreams of giving Baby Belle a full sibling have been dashed.

    At 3 months old, his baby filly shows the same muscular stature of this incredible stallion daddy!


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