RF Medley's Painted Finale
Born: April 21, 2007
This is a
bittersweet foal for us; beginning about a week before his birth we could
tell that something wasn't quite okay with his dam, Rosewall Medley.
She went into early labor and passed away a few hours after the colt was
born. In twelve years of raising foals, we had thankfully never lost
a mare. Due to circumstances we did not have colostrom on hand, but
were fortunate to find some with a neighbor, of whom we greatly appreciate
her kindness and generosity. We split up the feeding schedule between
us and rearranged work schedules (and of course sleep) to try and save
our tiny colt. Two days after his birth, a friend's mare foaled,
and we decided to see if we could get her to adopt Fin, as he is now called.
The mare was very tolerant and allowed Fin to nurse, but he couldn't quite
understand that he needed work a little for his food, as it had always
come right to him and flowed very easily from the bottle. Our other
problem was that he would just wander off and the mare was not concerned
if he stayed or not as he was not her foal. At our farm, we had been
waiting for a mare to foal since the first of the month. We figured
that she was our last and best chance to find an adoptive mother for Fin.
Finally at 10 pm on Tuesday, April 24, Zelda foaled a large bay tobiano
filly. Everyone jumped into action. The filly was immediately
pulled from the stall, removed from the birth sac and towel dried.
Fin was brought from the house and rubbed down with the birth sac.
Then both foals were presented to Zelda. Despite looking a bit bemused,
she went into mother mode and nuzzled, nickered, and stood patiently for
both foals to attempt to nurse. Fin took quite a bit of human encouragement
to grasp a teat and suckle, but it was apparent that he had learned a little
at my friend's house with her mare. After a couple hours watching
it was determined that Zelda had accepted both foals as hers. We went to
bed for a couple hours and returned at 2 am to encourage Fin to nurse from
Zelda again and to make sure the filly was doing well. At the 4 am
feeding, Fin stood and looked for the first time for Zelda's teat on his
own! When we came back at six, he was up and nursing when we entered
the barn! Of course we are still supplementing him with the bottle
and we have more markers to pass, but we encouraged that we will be able
Medley, a wonderful pony, always patient and gentle, she raised several
great foals that now reside in multiple states and serve as lesson ponies
and as dear pets of the children and adults who own them. Medley
herself was a fantastic children's pony and broodmare. We will greatly
miss her. Photo taken April 2007
at about two weeks of age.
in September 2007. Fin is the sweetest little colt. He is very
affectionate and easy going. The children love him and he soaks up
all the attention that he can! We are very pleased with him and feel
exceptionally fortunate to have been blessed with such a special pony.