Radish is now 8 hours old!
We have had a rough morning! Radish has not stood yet, and has been very weak and sleeping. He has had no suck reflex. And unable to stay awake and alert.
I was able to get in 3/4 of the bottle of colostrum into his belly though, and that was hard work! Long and tedious trying to get a colt to suck enough to get it in his gut! But we did it. We think he is premature, due to the infection that his momma got. I dont know how early, maybe only a week or so, which is in his favor, he should catch up soon.
We brought him into the house...YES you read that right! Premature foals can get chilled and die! So we have brought him into the living room until he is up and moving around on his own. Thankfully we are replacing the carpet with hardwood soon! LOL
I never in a million years dreamed that I'd have a horse in my house drinking from a Mr. pibb bottle! LOL (yes its horse milk not cola!)
He finally began to suck once we got him in here, and drank a cup of warm milk. He fell asleep drinking and we had to stop feeding. Liz there is no way to get him up right now and standing to eat, so we are holding him up for now. What I have read says that as long as they are drinking the warm milk, kept warm, and sitting up to eat he should be fine. I'm taking as good care as I can to follow what everyone has suggested! I'm gonna make this colt live!
He is resting right now, like a sweet little -baby-, -horse-, -on my living room floor-, -in my house-! I have now seen it all! LOL Things are looking up for little radish...this morning it was looking bleak....one thing is for sure....this horse can end up totally crazy, but I guarantee you after all I have done with him already, I've imprinted on him MAJORLY and he'll be putty in my hands! His momma wanted absolutely nothing to do with him at all, and never recognized he was hers. She has perked up and ate and drank gallons of water! We just put her back out into her lot before we brought Radish inside! She was trotting and trowing her head feeling so good to get that baby out and get out of the barn. She is looking good, however the danger isnt past with her either.
I'll be back when I can in between feedings ever 2 - 3 hours, and feeding the boys.....prayers for this little guy are working!
Lisa- ANT FARM!!! How funny! I thought I'd die laughing! Yes dear I think your right! Liz , Norm said about your comment was that he probably doesnt have any batteries to make it work!