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Annabelle Arrives!!! February 28, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Family,Farm — everydaywomanusa @ 9:12 pm
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It was dark and rainy when Annabelle finally arrived last night around 9:30 pm.  It was more than 15 hours for her to be trailered here from Michigan, but she arrived in great spirits and seemed none-the-worse for wear!

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She is a beautiful Shire and she is HUGE!  She stand 18 Hands tall and has the longest “horse face” I’ve ever seen!

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Here she is getting “tucked in” her stall late last night.  I didn’t want to startle her, so I took this without a flash.

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See what I mean about a HUGE head?  She loves being brushed and devoured buckets of grain.  After all, she’s eating for TWO!
Dukie, Annabelle and Dad by Farmer's Daughter

Today, she enjoyed a stroll outside with my DH and Duke.

I guess we can be friends... by Farmer's Daughter

We introduced her to our Dapple-Grey Percherons, which went pretty well.

Annabelle and me by Farmer's Daughter

Our daughter, Abbie, led Annabelle, too . . . but I’m really not sure who was  leading who.

Annabelle and Nate by Farmer's Daughter

Our son, Nathaniel, took  ‘Belle for a spin, too.  They’re a good match.  Nate is 6’5″ and I think Annabelle may have a few inches on him!

Nathaniel and Annabelle by Farmer's Daughter

If all goes well, we’re planning on welcoming Annabelle’s baby in August, the first baby workhorse to be born on our farm.  Right now, she’s getting lots of pampering and whatever she wants as a new mamma-to-be.  Someone asked yesterday who would be making late-night runs for pizza, pickles, and ice cream, or whatever she desires and I’d have to say . . . anyone she wants!

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5 Responses to “Annabelle Arrives!!!”

  1. Jena Says:

    It looks like you guys are having lots of fun with her. I can’t wait to see that baby!

  2. Ruth Says:

    Thanks, Jena! She has been the highlight of our weekend, considering I spent most of yesterday taking GRE exams!

    Is there any chance Annabelle came from a neighboring farm to yours? She was from Webberville.

    She seems to have handled her long trip well and is adjusting to life here in Connecticut. She’ll probably feel most at home by tomorrow when we’re predicted to get another “Noreaster” with about a foot of snow!

  3. Lauren Says:

    Hi Ruth!
    She is absolutely gorgeous! I am so jealous! I wish I could be there to meet her. She looks like she is a gentle giant and will be a great mom 🙂 Al must be thrilled!
    ~LP

  4. Lauren~ Thanks!

    We are so pleased with her. She is a giant and she’s pretty friendly, too. The boys have noticed that walking her she takes much larger, quicker steps than our Percherons! She’s a bit younger and more lively. She seems pretty happy here. Al will give you all the specifics, I’m sure.

    We’re hoping you might be one of the “attending” vets at her future delivery . . . in case you’re around this summer!

  5. […] That the hope of spring is in the air, as the snow melts and warmer temps envelope us, new life emerges, in the green of plants and within animals on the farm. […]


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