Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rusty, Expectant Father

343 days ago, Rusty covered Can't Splash, our 10 year old AQHA mare with a pedigree that goes back to the famous Dash for Cash. That means we should be having a baby mule today. These pictures of her were taken last night. To those who have seen a few pregnant mares, she looks very un-pregnant. Even our vet had to do a manual rectal palpation 3 weeks ago because he didn't believe it himself. That baby is in there, he ASSures me. Today's Digital technology, where the vet dons the rubber glove and goes shoulder deep into the mare is pretty reliable at this stage of pregnancy.

She's a very nice mare. For a horse with race-blood, Splash is unusually gentle and predictable to ride. In fact, she is the preferred mount for my wife and kids. But she is fast and has wonderful potential as a barrel horse. My neighbor who understands this barrel-horse potential is just beside herself that I'm using it up to make mules.

I have some horse friends who think they know how to explain the mule outlook on life--Emotional Trauma. He is just mad at the world for the rape and molestation of his mother by his father, the Jack.

When this baby arrives, you'll be the first to know.


Pineapple Princess said...

Can't wait to see the pics. I LOVE baby animals.

Paul said...

You are FAST, pIp. This post was still covered in afterbirth and you were commenting...

Tamster said...

How exciting! We'll be anxiously awaiting the news! :-)

With this one, though, you can't do the whole, "It has 10 fingers and 10 toes... even though it doesn't have a..." bit. Knowing you, I'm sure you'll come up with some clever way to fill us all in, though!

So what will this make you? A mulepa? Or maybe a gramule? :-)

BonBon said...

Clever Tamster!

I can't wait to see it too. Any guesses on the gender? I say male! Who wants to bet?