Danny's birth was very traumatic for me. My husband and I were watching Mouse in shifts. This wasn't Mouse's first foal but it was ours and we were both very anxious. I reached the barn at 4:30 a.m. Mouse's tummy gave a shudder and it scared me half to death. I called my husband and told him to be on alert because I didn't think it would be long. She went back to grazing and I tried to get comfortable sitting on a couple of straw bales in her little barn. An hour later, her stomach gave another shudder and her water broke. I grabbed my delivery kit and started dialing my husband, Steve, as I ran to her side. Everyone told me that this would only take a few minutes but Mouse appeared to be struggling. Then I noticed that one of the foals legs was folded up inside her still. I'd managed to drop my gloves but I grabbed the one leg and what I could reach and I attempted to pull on her next push. Those legs are surprising slippery. Mouse stood back up and started walking around. I didn't realize then that she was trying to straighten out the baby herself. She tried two more times before Steve arrived at the barn to help. It took them several more attempts but finally, Steve managed to pull the wayward leg out. Mouse had moved to the side of a small hill and was standing when Danny was born. He hit the ground and started rolling down the hill with us running to catch him before he went under the fence and into the creek. We stopped him and Steve cleared his nose and mouth. We both wiped him down with towels while Mouse stood over us watching. My vet was out of town and the Vet hospital, whose number she'd left in case of emergency, informed me that just a phone consultation would cost $148! So, I woke up my friend, Brandy McDonnell, who is an amazing trainer and horse woman. She was so sweet and so reassuring. She talked with us through the rest of the morning. She asked me, "Isn't this the most wonderful, magical experience?" I answered, "No! It's terrible, frightening and traumatic!" She laughed; I guess she knew that I would soon change my mind, as soon as I saw the way Mouse looked at her new baby:)...It was the most magical, wonderful day of my life.
I hope this image conveys a bit of the magic and tenderness of that day. The original photo is very nice but I've had the idea to do this layered composite for a while and was just looking for the right photo to use as the base.
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