One thing Naomi and I had never considered was that she might be preggers. This came as something of a bombshell, as you might imagine, but we duly got the vet out and he confirmed that she was, ineed, in foal. Well that was at the end of March 2007. We started reducing the intensity of her exercise (walk and trot but no cantering) and Lee's best guess of her due date was 4-6 weeks so we sat back and waited. Midnight's daily routine consisted of me turning her out into the field with the other mares in the morning, and we or a friend bring her back in in the early evening, with Naomi riding her out on a hack several times a week.
Sunday 6th May I went down as normal to turn Midnight out for a day chilling out in the field, only to find 8 hooves in the stable rather than the normal 4! She'd had her foal without any fuss during the night and there it was, scampering around like a tornado. The vet checked Midnight and him out ("I'm a STALLION, baby!!!"
) and they were both perfectly fine. We decided to call him Jazz...
Jazz was the latest addition to our menagerie, having been born in the early hours of 6th May 2007 to our mare Midnight. At 1-day old, Jazz is a lightish bay colour (like most foals), but our local expert told us he'll be fully black like his mum eventually. Although it's impossible to tell with any certainty at this stage, the vet suggested he was likely to make 16 hands. Midnight had enough milk for two foals, apparently, so he'll certainly not go short and Jazz is already scampering around the stall, giving his mum a hard time as she tries to keep him in view.
In Jazz's early days we kept a Blog
, which Jazz himself dictated to Naomi and me by telepathy during our daily bonding sessions. In due course after he was weaned, we passed Jazz on to Lee at MEC, who was comparatively an expert on raising foals and bringing them on and we've no recent news on how he is doing.