Monday, January 13, 2014

Six Weeks to Go

Tabby Lane (Even the Score-Keeley Chay-Rodeo)
A surprising amount of discussion over the last post.  There are a lot of twists and turns along the road back to success and certainly some growing pains but I hope the back and forth discussion in the comments section was helpful in shedding light on what's actually happening.

Today, though, it's time to get back to the actual reason for this blog's existence...the horses!  With her due date approaching on March 1, we took a ride over to Dove Hill Farm to visit with Tabby Lane and see how she was doing.

Tabby about almost 10 months along.
As you can see, mom-to-be is doing very well.  Knock on wood, her pregnancy to Eastwood Dacat (Storm Cat-Western Eternity-Gone West) has been complication free.  I'm concerned about her delivery for no real reason whatsoever except that I'm worried about her.  Horses have been having babies for thousands of years without human help but still...

I wasn't around for the conception, but I will be trying very hard to make it there for the delivery.  It's nothing I have experienced before and I really would like to see our girl deliver her foal.  I remember the first time she dropped her head and buried it in my chest while I scratched her ears and behind her neck like it was yesterday.  That's when she captured me forever. 

On our way out yesterday I had to pull on her halter a bit to give her a kiss goodbye.  When I did, she rested her head on my folded arm and leaned against my head.  We stood there, our heads against each other and I felt her get heavier and heavier as she relaxed on me for a few moments. 

I always warn Heather to not fall in love with a racehorse. Given the vagaries of the game and the high proportion of claiming races, your horse can be in someone else's barn in an instant which is unlike many of the disciplines she has been involved with in the past.  As we were leaving she looked and me and smiled and I said, "See...this is what happens when you fall in love with them..."

"You're leavin?  I'm grazin!"


Dave Astar said...

Ted, good luck. First baby is very exciting only surpassed by the first time you see your own bred baby come running down the strectch in its first race. Hope all goes well and Lisa does a great job.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Nothing more exciting than a new baby. I hope everything goes well and we see him/her on the track in a couple years.

Nicholas said...

Been enjoying the story, please keep it up. Great to follow. Best wishes to Tabby.

Theodore L. Grevelis said...

Thanks all, I appreciate it. And Dave, as you know it's still a long way from here to there, but I hope to experience it. She's in good hands for sure!