Julia

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Pas De Deux

Wolf in action, together with his mum. He loved it; not only did he step around a bit, they even did a trot and then went on to galloping!

Then it was Tyl's turn...

But that was less of a success...

Poor little guy. It really wasn't his day, because he wasn't feeling too well.

Tyl crying on the back of Julia

Tyl crying on the back of Julia

Baby Tyl riding Julia

Baby Tyl riding Julia

Wolf riding Julia guided by mummy

Wolf riding Julia guided by mummy

Wolf riding Julia

Wolf riding Julia

Colic

Julia, my wife’s horse, had colic yesterday. Colic is a bit more serious for a horse than for a baby, mostly because they can die in a matter of hours because of it (horses that is, not babies). Horses’ intestines are not all that well designed and they can easily have an obstruction. Spring is the most dangerous time, when the horses go out on the meadows for the first time. During winter, they get only hay, straw and dried food, so they just love the young juicy green grass. They love it so much that they just eat too much at a time, and especially when the grass is too long they can get bowel obstructions that cause extreme pain: colic.

So the owner of the stables called my wife, and she called the vet. He showed up terribly late and by that time my wife almost got colicky. She was not amused that Julia had to wait that long, especially because our sweet mare is expecting a foal. But he escaped strangulation on the spot by giving Julia an injection and telling my precious one to walk here around for thirty minutes. Enough time for him to escape through the back entrance.

When I woke up this morning, my tummy ached too. I felt like I had to throw up the whole time, which is unfair because I didn’t drink a single drop of alcohol yesterday. It feels like Julia has passed on her disease to me. So I stayed home today from work, trying to rest while man next door is drilling holes in the brick walls of the extension they added to their house a couple of months ago. So yet again, my suffering knows no bounds.

If it doesn’t get better by tomorrow, I will call Julia’s vet.

Family Planning

When we got married a couple of weeks ago, my best man gave my wife a coupon for an artificial insemination. So yesterday we put her onto a truck and drove her to the breeding centre.

Of course, I’m talking about Julia, my wife’s horse.

She’s fifteen now, and still going strong, so she is in good breeding condition. We selected a stallion that has a gentle character, because Julia herself is already a pretty feisty animal and she can sometimes be rather headstrong. He also has ‘iron legs’, meaning that despite an international jumping career he never had any problems with his legs. Horses in general are a bit vulnerable in the legs, much more than ponies for instance. And Julia suffered from a mild case of arthritis a couple of years ago, it runs in her pedigree. So hopefully the little foal won’t have the same problems.

The father’s name is Unique II Drum van het Juxschot. He’s an older stallion, 26 years old, but still going strong with more than 1.300 direct offspring. He’s won a great number of prices at national and international jumping tournaments. When we saw him in his stable he still looked very impressive, he’s very tall and muscular with a magnificent broad and strong neck. A couple of minutes later we had to stand back as his owner released him. He galloped right from his stable to the paddock, without any leash, and really showed off there.

Julia’s really a lucky girl.

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