Copyright © 2005,2006, 2007 Gill Clothier
Phone: Gill on 07867994428
A huge thank you to George for lending us Moo, to
Mark and Debbie for giving up their weekend to help and to Angela for
getting up every two hours for 3 nights in a row to help me make it work for
Douglas. Thanks also to the Foaling Crisis Bureau for getting us together.
The biggest thank you goes to Matilda for being
such a great girl!
Unfortunately Feline died during colic surgery at
Newmarket on Thursday 2nd August, she will be sorely missed, she was
a lovely gentle horse and a brilliant mother. Douglas is now an
Dougie and Moo Oct 17th
I think Douglas loves Moo more than he
should! George might get more than she's bargained for!!
Joke George, he can't reach!
Thursday 23rd August - Douglas and Moo enjoy the
Friday 17th - Douglas helps Matilda eat her
Thursday August 16th Matilda and Douglas -
We registered Douglas with the National Foaling bank as soon as we lost
Feline. On Saturday we had a phone call to say there was a mare available
that had sadly lost her foal during birth but the owner had kindly made the
decision to loan the mare out for fostering. Matilda hadn't cleansed so
didn't arrive until Sunday morning with George, Mark and Debbie in tow to
We had very detailed instructions from Joanna Vardon as to the steps to take
and the process began. George, Mark and Tracey kindly stayed the first night
and helped with the 2 hourly feeds, we were all present as we were so
anxious it was going to work! Despite all the sadness we had a great time
and a good laugh as well.
George, Moo, Angela and Dougie (dressed in his
fancy dress costume)
By Tuesday we had managed to discard the skin and she has accepted him but
doesn't seem overly motherly, they are talking to each other constantly
It is now Wednesday morning at 6am and we have just had a breakthrough - we
decided to turn Moo out for a pick of grass after the 5am feed and yes, she
wouldn't leave the gate opposite the stables, she just ran up and down the
fence staring at his stable, so after only 2 minutes when she reared up we
really believed she was bonded with him and bought her back in.
Hopefully today may be the day we see them together properly.
Angela and I feel like the walking dead at the moment and I know I want to
sleep for at least a week when they finally get together!!
Douglas before Moo arrived.
|Dougie's stable is 40 x 16 so he can
run around indoors
||Dougie drinking his milk
||What we get covered in every feed time!
Dougie stayed at Newmarket till Saturday where they managed to get him
drinking from a bucket but not from a bottle. Thankfully he is a big strong
foal and is drinking plenty of milk. He is also eating very sloppy Sure Grow
mixed with milk. We are also wearing it as he seems determined to give you a
hug every time he has eaten!
We have a small paddock next to the stables where he goes out for some
exercise and sunshine for an hour at a time. I have put every mare next to
him and they have all been horrible!
Today (Tuesday) we had a breakthrough and put the three year olds next to
him for company - here are the photos of them being nice to him!
Treliver Drambuie 3 year old gelding by Don Vino
Treliver De Chandelier 3 year old filly by
Dimaggio says hello