Coupla bellies

31 03 2012

It won’t be much longer now … baby season!

I saw Shadow the other day. She’s the first due (just before the middle of April), but she’s not very wide. And yes, she is back with David!

Piedra is due after the middle of April. She has had two colts and a filly, all by Hollywood, who also is this foal’s sire.

Kestrel is due before the middle of May. She has had two fillies, one by Mouse and one by Comanche (seen in the background). This year’s foal’s sire is Comanche.

Raven also is due before the middle of May. She has had a filly (by Corona in her native Sand Wash Basin) and a colt, by Kreacher, who also is the sire of this year’s foal.  She (and Kootenai) are both in Sundance’s band now.

Alegre is due right around the middle of May. She has had two fillies and a colt (and lost one foal). Gaia’s sire is unknown, but Bounce is the sire of the other two and this year’s foal. She is with Grey/Traveler now.

Houdini is due around the middle of April. She is one of three mares who has had surviving foals each year since at least 2007. Two different sires: Junior (rounded up in 2007) and Grey/Traveler, who also is the sire of this year’s foal. (She also had been with Grey in the early 2000s.) All her foals since 2007 have been fillies.

OK, so a couple more than a coupla bellies! Not all, though. These are just the most recent pix I have of girls due!


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4 responses

1 04 2012
Linda Ha

Isn’t PZP used on this herd? If so, what can contribute to so many births?

1 04 2012
TJ

PZP was started in September 2011. What can contribute to “so many births” is the fact that the mares were pregnant in September 2011 (having conceived within about 10 days to a month or two after they had their foals last year). A mare’s gestation cycle is 11 months. PZP DOES NOT HARM THE MARE OR FETUS SHE MAY BE CARRYING. The PZP the mares got should prevent births in 2013. (Also, not all the mares were given PZP.)

1 04 2012
Linda Ha

I wasn’t aware of it being the first PZP for them. So yes, 2013 will be the first year to see the results. Was it the PZP-12 or PZP-22?

2 04 2012
TJ

Part of the EA process was to implement a PZP program here with the last roundup. Native PZP, not PZP-22.

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