Range delivery – July 25, 2008

25 07 2008
Welcome to your world!

Welcome to your world!

Happy birthday, baby!

We had a big rainstorm yesterday evening, complete with long-rolling thunder and scary-close lightning flashes. The rain was lovely in the area around my house, two hours away from the basin. In the basin, it rained hard enough to send gravel across the road in places, and although the road was pretty dry, water was still standing in some ditches alongside.

To keep a short story shorter, I spotted Steeldust’s band with the binoculars in an area just off the road, just east of the first intersection. The Spring Creek arroyo was a little gushy after the rain, so I parked there and walked up the road to the horses. My first sighting of Alpha was from far enough away that all I could see was a little shadow by her side! But it was enough to realize she’d had her foal. As it turned out, not only had she had her foal, she had it today. Her back legs and tail are still red with dried blood, which would have washed off in the rain if she’d had her foal before the storm. Pretty amazing.

Alpha was really, really good about letting me take photos – better than I expected – so I didn’t stay too long. Baby is chestnut right now (I’m sure he’ll turn grey) with a big, bold blaze that starts in a diamond on his forehead and ends over his right nostril (Alpha’s snip is over her left nostril). He has long stockings on both hind legs that reach almost to his hocks. He’s a leggy sucker, and yes, he’s a colt – only the second this year. He is the seventh foal born in the basin this season … and in honor of our biggest rain of the summer so far, I named him Storm. He’s strong and healthy and absolutely perfect!

Storm with his family

Storm with his family

 This was one of my first views of Storm and Alpha. You can see the reddish hue to her hind legs and tail.

Hungry baby

Hungry baby

During the short time I spent with the band, Storm nursed a lot – a good sign for this newborn.

Good mama

Good mama

Isn’t he gorgeous?

Sticking close

Sticking close

Look at those curly little ears! Iya’s ears were just like that when she was born. 

Ember and Kestrel

Ember and Kestrel

These sisters very often hang out close to each other. Kestrel is a good babysitter.

Pinon and Butch

Pinon and Butch

Pinon likes to hang out with the boys …

Let's play!

Let's play!

Here he’s trying to get Sundance to play. It’s not fair: Pinon can be a brat, but Sundance has to be a big boy and just walk away without hurting the baby.

Hello!

Hello!

Look how big Pinon looks next to Storm! Pinon is a little older than 2 months now.

Nap time

Nap time

Ember laid down for a nap, and Storm thought about it … but ultimately stayed on his feet. Ember is a little older than 3 months.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

Look at the beautiful world our wild baby is born into. As I left – slowly, ahead of the next advancing storm – I couldn’t help but wonder how long the basin will be a safe place for our Spring Creek Basin herd.

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4 responses

25 07 2008
Lea williams

How blest you are to be so close. What a darling new baby – thanks for the pictures

26 07 2008
Billie

Oh, hooray! It’s about time she foaled. What a pretty boy he is. Glad that wait is over.

26 07 2008
TJ

Hooray, indeed! I lost track of all the little happy dances I did yesterday on my way back to the Jeep from seeing the horses. I’m so thankful he’s strong and healthy and finally out in the world! And very glad Alpha was so accommodating. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!
TJ

27 07 2008
Amanda

Oh, TJ he’s adorable! Erin and I are so thankful that he is here at last, what a blessing.

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