We made the trip to New York to pick up the motor home right after moving all of our stuff to the ranch house. Then we left Sunday 3 days later for New York. Then Monday morning we killed some time visiting the falls before our motor home walk through at 1pm.
We spent the first night sleeping in a very small RV camp that was set up at the dealers office. Everything went fine except we were never really on shore power because plug was dead. Then early Tuesday afternoon we left for Columbus Ohio but turned around when an hour out because it was raining and we couldn’t figure out how to turn on the windshield wipers. After a short period with the service guys we figured it out and took off. The trip was interesting with rain all the way, lots of traffic and all of Ohio had road construction going on. We finally arrived at Columbus and camped out in a Walmart parking lot where there were numerous semi-trucks to snuggle up to.
At the dealer,
Wednesday morning we got up early and headed for Jackson Tennessee for night 2. While passing through Kentucky we spent 3 hours looking for and buying Big Ass Bourbon which was interesting pulling a 40 foot motor home up to local liquor stores where there’s little parking and lots of stuff to run into.
When we arrived in Jackson we headed for a Walmart that was visitor friendly and found several motor homes already there resting. The next day we stopped in Dallas so we could link up with our son, Charlie, and his sweetie Alex.
And the next morning we got up early and headed for the ranch. While traveling through the Texas Hill Country we got a call telling us that our pregnant jennet, Valentine, had given birth to a foal 2 weeks early. We arrived at 10:30 and parked the motor home next to the barn.
Our plans were to wash her, clean her up inside, dump the tanks and then put her in the barn. After a few days, I dumped the grey tank and put her in the barn. Since then John and Stephen opened up the septic so we can dump there from now on. We will take her out and wash her soon since we are FINALLY getting the house straightened out.
Our foal was a girl which is what we wanted but when we went to see her it was obvious to Julie and I that she was very weak and not nursing. I called our vet and he told me to milk the mare and feed the foal. We did this for several hours and son she was standing up and nursing. One issue with her was that she was so tall that she had trouble nursing but she figured it out after her mom started picking up her leg to help her.
When we found her,
A few days later,
My ranch dog, Angel, watching,
The foal today,
There is nothing as exciting as having foals here at the ranch, I am glad that we can spend more time breeding and raising these wonderful animals!
Our road is now complete from the highway to the house.
And the house is getting close now. We still have to get garage doors installed and some other significant items but we are almost there. I told our builder 2 days ago to stay out here with me until this house is done. I hate having all these people around all the time.
We are looking forward to a great winter here with all our animals living in a very quiet place. Though our big Jack Dynamite does bray every morning before daylight wanting us to come out and play.