Baby Oliver

Meet my barn's surprise bundle of joy, Oliver!  His mom was purchased last fall, and nobody realized she was pregnant until early April.  (She's a maiden, and really didn't show much.  It happens - ask Mary, who got 30 minutes to prepare for her mare to foal in college!)

He was then foaled the first week of May.  We had about a month to prepare!


The people she was purchased from are not sure who the sire is, so I joked for a month that he was going to come out a blue eyed mule.  He's actually a strapping bay colt that isn't badly put together, especially for an unplanned pregnancy.




My eye is so skewed toward baby ponies and not baby horses, I was amazed at how tall he is and how long his legs are!  Hopefully he grows up tall and strong and becomes a good performance horse.  It will be fun to watch.

15 comments:

  1. So cute! The same thing happened to a friend of mine. She bought a mare and we thought she was just chubby. Surprise :)

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  2. that's quite the surprise! he's adorable! a similar thing happened at my farm in college but the baby wasn't quite so nice (and was maybe stepped on a bit by his mama) and had a questionable future as a riding horse...

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  3. Oh he's SO cute! Love his star!

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  4. So cute!!! What breed is the mare? Any guesses as to what the surprise foal might be? He's awfully cute!

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  5. Excited to see how he turns out!

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  6. Oh man, I'm not usually a sucker for foals, but he is gorgeous!

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  7. Wow - what a cute guy! Nice surprise :)

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  8. So adorable and what a cute name :)

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