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Old 07.04.2009, 04:19
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

Thanks everyone for your encouragement. Our stress was induced in part by us losing our first foal last year and also by Rheemah (Arabic for Morning Dew) showing signs of a weak immune system. Sunday evening we were phoning round all the local vets to see who had an anti-body testing kit so we could decide if she needed the hospital in Zurich. We found a kit at 10pm but that vet was too busy but she let us have one for our local vet to use Monday morning. The test showed a perfect immune system but we did have a worried night thinking we might lose her.

Tonight, for the 1am meal she managed entirely direct from Mum (Latifa or Tiffy BTW) although I did have to have Tiffy on the halter while I whispered encouragement in her ear - it's her first foal so we forgive her. She's due another go about 4am so I'll try without the halter. It's too cold here in the stable to sleep but I do have a very good Scottish friend here who is at least keeping my interior warm.

I'll post more pics when I get a mo
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Old 08.04.2009, 16:26
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

Ohh beautiful!!! Congratulations!
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

Everything is just perfect now . Rheemah is clearly the boss here, yesterday she was trying to drink and mum wasn't having it and gave her a nip on the back leg. Rheemah swung out a perfect left leg and kicked mum on the nose. Mum backed down!

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What a beautiful picture
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

I'm not having a particularly wonderful week at work, so this thread is like a ray of horsey sunshine - I look forward to checking it every lunchtime, and it really does make my day.

Thank you, Mr Grapefruit!

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Old 09.04.2009, 14:09
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Tell me Grumpy, does this new addition to the family make you in any way Jolly?
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Old 09.04.2009, 14:41
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I'm not having a particularly wonderful week at work, so this thread is like a ray of horsey sunshine - I look forward to checking it every lunchtime, and it really does make my day.

Thank you, Mr Grapefruit!

So letshope this weekend will lift your spirits somewhat.

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Very much so, even if that comment is, er, somewhat Cheesy

With great weather forecast for the weekend I should get some more good photos (or even a small video) and maybe I'll post some of the father Salaa too. He is silver grey and you can just see grey rings round Rheemahs eyes, indicating that she will probably end up grey also.

I want to go home now to be with my baby
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I have tears in my eyes reading and looking at this , reminds me of my years working with horses !!! Just beautiful !!!
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Old 14.04.2009, 13:20
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(And I hope there will be regular updates on the little one's progress - with more pics, of course. )
These were taken over the weekend, 7 & 8 days old and she just gets better and better. Yesterday she was copying Mum and chewing away at a lump of hay for about an hour. In a few weeks she'll probably realise she should also swallow it too!

Sunday, the breeders of her Mum drove down from Germany to see her, they are well respected experts in this particular blood line and announced that you couldn't get a more perfect foal, being her sort of grandparents, they were please as punch!

Fingers crossed that there will hopefully more good news, as our other mare Faranak is due to give birth in about 10 days or so.









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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

Nearly forgot to post pics of mum and dad as promised, here is Salaa showing off in the snow. Rheema will probably end up grey just like her dad, and Tiffy before she got pregnant.





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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

So these are racing horses, right?
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Old 15.04.2009, 12:09
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Have you seen horse racing in Switzerland? Mummy and daddy horse don't look like race horses either. Look at the tails
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Have you seen horse racing in Switzerland? Mummy and daddy horse don't look like race horses either. Look at the tails
Oh, so steak horses then...























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Old 15.04.2009, 16:06
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So these are racing horses, right?

There was actually a series for racing Arabians in CH a few years ago but on a very small scale. These are Abayyan Arabians, the smallest of the 7 Arabian bloodlines and they are built for endurance rather than short distance sprinting. Apparantly they can run for hours accross the desert.

The story goes that, many moons ago, an Arabian prince was travelling on one of these mares when he was attacked by bandits. He set off for camp at a gallop and to help him with speed he threw off his valuable ceremonial cloak. His mare, having so much stamina, managed to lose the pursuers and the prince got safely back to camp although sad at losing his cloak.

Marie Zug points out the high tails in these pics. On dismounting he found that his cloak was wrapped around the mares tail. Abayyan in Arabic means "Cloak Catcher" and this breed became sought after for saving the cloak.
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Wow -Salaa and Tiffy are beauties!

A horse farm in the mountains... now that's my idea of paradise.
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

I had an Arabian back in Australia who loved the sand dunes. I went through pony club with him and he was very crazy and enjoyed the races. Sadly, I sold him 10 years ago and haven't ridden since.

I spent my life at the country races as a kid. My mum used to take and develop the finish photos and her boyfriend was a bookie and horse owner/trainer. Still, I never seem to pick the winner at the races.
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Re: Tired, stressed & emotional. But celebrating a wonderful new arrival!

Well done Griumpy, and thanks for posting the lovely pics.

Was the name quoted as being "Morning Due" (Dew) an intentional pun (based on your long nights)?

By the way I just spotted your long lost brother on the Daily Telegraph website who also seems pleased with your achievements.

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/fe....html?image=14
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Well done, you got some green for spotting the deliberate mistake.... honestly

And yes, that's my big brother Earl, I'm just an amateur Red Neck.

Rheemah had her first trip onto grass this weekend (now 3 weeks old), it's amazing to watch her copying Mum at everything.



And Mum teaching her to show off.







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Thanks for sharing, they're beautiful !
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Amazing how Rheemah is copying: almost as if trained! I guess that it just comes naturally to copy and learn from this.
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