Greetings from the absent blogger. My last entry announced the arrival of Roller Derby. At that time we were awaiting the second foal out of Nate’s other mare Chocolate Overdose. I went out early this morning to check Coco, she had foaled and much to my distress the colt was dead. He was a great big beautiful colt who was a great-grandson of Seattle Slew on his sire’s side and Secretariat on his dam’s side. We were devastated by the loss.
Mares exhibit great distress at the loss of a colt, much like what you see and hear about elephants upon the death of a family member in the herd. That is what came to mind as I observed the hoof churned soil around the silent prone body. Coco perplexed and distraught started her nervous head swaying from side to side, once in awhile making a full arching circle as we loaded the corpse into the back of a truck.
Each wished we had checked her just one more time during the night.