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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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Last fall, Tom and the kids returned from an auction sale with an impulse purchase, a bred Paint mare and her little colt. The kids named the mare Joy and the colt Thunder, and all winter we watched Joy grow bigger and bigger. We knew she would have a foal, but not when, and while we don’t have much horse experience, we did know that foakk much more quickly an unexpectedly than a cattle birth. And we’ve all been rather expectant for the past few weeks.

Yesterday morning we were overjoyed but not entirely surprised to see this sight upon arriving at the corral,

Here, you can see the filly nudging her poor, tired mother to get up so she can have a drink, which she did every hour for about ten minutes.

The little filly is still unnamed, and mother and daughter are doing fine. As is big brother Thunder.

9 Responses

  1. Oh, so cute! I’m glad it was uneventful.

    We volunteer periodically at a petting zoo here in town, but ONLY because when we first moved here, the donkey in the zoo had just given birth to a baby donkey (imagine that!). It was easily the most adorable thing we’d ever seen. And the idea of grooming and stroking such a creature captivated FDPG. Then we went through the whole Marguerite Henry oeuvre (Misty, Brighty).

  2. Beautiful! My dd is so jealous. She’s always wanted a horse.

  3. What a thrill! She’s beautiful. Keep us posted on the name.

    Happy summer, Becky!

  4. Misty eyed over here looking at the mom and her beautiful baby-congrats….what a miracle (to me anyway).

  5. I love the colour of the little one. Glad it was uneventful.

  6. Awwww. Glad mom and baby are well. My long past breeding mare has a torn ligament and has been on paddock rest for a few months. At first she was not happy, then the moms and babies moved in on either side of her and she was in Auntie heaven. When I take her out the little ones nicker for her.

  7. Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes and ooohing and aaahing : ). Sheila and JoVE, the older I get, the more I appreciate uneventful. I’ll keep you posted on a name (right now “Daisy” is in the lead).

    Mary Lou, I’m so glad your mare is happy as an Auntie! How sweet that the little ones eagerly welcome her so!

  8. Aww! Our numbers have increased here, too, but with kittens.

  9. Congratulations, Kris! Will have to see if you’ve posted any pictures of your new babies. We haven’t had too much luck with kittens here so far, but we have at least one more pregnant cat, so we’ll see how it goes.

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