April fooler

13 04 2009

Seven, Molly and Roja have been elusive during the last couple of trips I’ve made to the basin, but I haven’t gone looking for them, either. They had been hanging out in the general vicinity of the saddle between Flat Top and Round Top. You get a good view of that area from the west-side road, but you can’t see the horses if they’re down on the southwest side. I’d been having a niggling little feeling about Roja, so I went looking. It’s a pretty easy hike around the west side of Round Top to get out there, but I went up on top for the first time in awhile (?) to see who else I could see.

Let me get right to the point: Roja has a foal! And how about this: I’m sure her foal is actually the first foal born in the basin this year.

Baby and Roja

Baby and Roja

When I watched the horses from Round Top, the foal was galloping huge circles around Roja, so I had a couple of thoughts: I bet that foal is at least a week old, and I bet it’s a little boy. A week ago is one of the most special dates to me personally because that’s the birthday of the best horse I ever had. He’s been gone almost 17 years now, and you’d be amazed how much I still think about him. So in honor of my beloved horse, and with a nod to a friend with a colt named Kola Zi, I named this little guy Ze (“zee”) in honor of the first part of my horse’s registered name, which I actually never liked but which proved absolutely true.

Ze

Ze

He IS a colt, and he’s bay! Great big bundle of *CUTE*!

Sleepy

Sleepy

Active little boys need plenty of rest.

Seven comes calling

Seven comes calling

Daddy Seven came up the hill after I’d been watching Roja and Ze for a fair amount of time. I was lying belly down at the edge of a hill across a big drainage from the mare and foal. Roja had earlier looked down the other side of her hill, and that’s where I thought Seven and Molly must be. But then Seven came up from the opposite direction.

Hungry boy

Hungry boy

I read a post on another blog recently about how mamas of all types get “in the zone” while their babies nurse, and I thought of that while I watched Ze nurse. Roja had been grazing constantly, even while Ze napped the first time, but she finally stopped and sort of glazed over while he slurped up some nourishment. As far as I know, this is Roja’s first foal.

Handsome daddy

Handsome daddy

I don’t know if Seven knew I was across the hill or if he was looking back at Molly. This is at least his second foal. When he was gathered, one of his mares had a bay filly.

Second nap

Second nap

Warm milk makes baby sleepy!

Daddy, mama, baby

Daddy, mama, baby

Brumley Point in the background.

Molly

Molly

Can’t forget grandma (?) Molly. I could be wrong, but I think Molly is Roja’s dam.

Ze appears to be solid bay, with no markings. His legs are already darker than Hannah’s. He’s a little hunk already!

I was able to watch the horses quietly for quite a while, and when they moved on (the pic of Molly is her bringing up the rear), I was able to back down off my hill and leave them, hopefully without them ever knowing I was there. This is one of the most wary bands. Molly’s filly Starla died last year, and they had been chased by a guy the last time I saw them; I think they’ve never quite gotten over that.  Maybe I’m way off on that assessment, but they were getting more comfortable with my presence until that event. So I was very happy I could both see Roja’s new boy and get away without disturbing them.

So now we’re TWO down with (maybe) seven to go?!


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4 responses

14 04 2009
Billie

Oh, he is handsome! I am a sucker for bays. Cool name too. Maybe the Ze stands for Zooooom! LOL. Thanks for keeping everyone updated on these wonderful horses. I really look forward to reading your posts.

14 04 2009
TJ

I love bays, too! Last year, it seemed like almost every foal was born sorrel … this year, we’re on a bay trend! I think this little boy will definitely turn out to be a “zoom-zoooooomer”! I wish I had been closer when he was galloping around, but by the time I got to him, he was kinda tuckered out from a big day and warm sunshine! I can’t wait to learn all about the new babies in Little Book Cliffs! Any day now?!
TJ

14 04 2009
Lynn Bauer

TJ –
Congratulations! He’s BEAUTIFUL!! Any idea on a birth date? We’re keeping a log along with our “map.”
Lynn and Kathy

14 04 2009
TJ

I’m giving him an April 6 birthday. I keep all the babies’ birthdays on my calendar!
TJ

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