Day two has dawned and the colt is still with us. We are hand feeding him every three hours around the clock. About two o’clock this morning I told Mel we needed to just give up on the struggle to get the mom to feed the baby and concentrate on getting some kind of milk down him. After we turned the mother back into the pasture, she left the barn area and never looked back and the feedings have become much easier.
After the little fellow is truly out of the woods I will blog more in-depth as to the struggle with the new mom and the surrogate mother and all the steps we had to go through with that process.
For now however, I just want to report that the baby made it through the night and is showing marked improvement. Right now though, we have about a three-hour window in which to get some chores done and maybe catch a cat-nap. I just wanted to give you all this update and tell you “Thank you” for your response to my last blog.
Normally I try to answer each commenter by name, but for now, time will not allow me to do this. Just know that your continued interest and your well wishes have helped both Mel and myself tackle yet another small Ranch Emergency and we thank you all.
This morning we both feel our years….this ranching thing is a young person’s gig and our old bones are feeling well worn today.
Will be back when there’s something else to tell you.