There were tears and heartache yesterday when Cathy, Jet’s owner told us that she had found a buyer for him. It came as a huge and unwelcome surprise as we had not expected him to go for quite a while yet, and had thought that those who had such a vested interest in him might have first refusal, individually or jointly, when the time came.
When he goes we do so hope he is placed in the West Country so we can easily follow his progress as he grows up, he has been so much part of the stables since his birth.
For those of you who have not been in such close contact with him in real life, here is the story so far.
Jet was born in the early hours of June 4th last summer. His owners, the owners of his dam, Smarties, Cathy and Edward were present as were Michelle and Charlie.
After foaling Smarties rolled and jumped up, causing irreparable damage to either the head of the femur or the pelvis. The vet was called and beautiful Smarties had to be put to sleep, after Michelle took from her what colostrum she could. It was a desperate time, not only had we lost a great mare we now had an orphan foal to take care of.
Everyone leapt into action. Chris Nurse headed to the Mullacott vets to get an emergency milk pack. Di and Michelle were able to obtain more from an Arab Stud many miles away, the Bridgemans got the rest for us at a very competitive price. The stables were also in touch with the foaling bank trying to track down a mare who might come to Sparhanger and feed Jet, but unluckily none were available. For the first 48 hours the foal was fed every hour with Aintree milk formula. Angela and Chris came to stay to take over the night feeds until we could sort everything out, after day 3 we were on 2 hourly feeds, and this is how it stayed for the next four weeks.
It was planned in the most meticulous fashion, rota boards were drawn up, and every feed was recorded, time, the amount of milk consumed and who had done the feeding.
The foal was introduced very early on to Myrtle, Bob and Di’s mare, who immediately took to him, and although she obviously had no milk, it meant he could have a life in the field with a caring mum, just coming in, both of them, at night, so that night feeds were more convenient. He knew that the human who popped up in the field regularly during the day was the one with the milk! When he was a month old he was on a 3 hour feed night and day until he was 4 months, everyone planning their days and nights around the feeding rota. At 5 months the weaning process began, with milk gradually being reduced until there was none.
His young life has been followed closely, and we know that that interest will not fail, so when his new owners take him we will tell you and we will ask them to keep us all regularly updated, as I am sure they will love to do.
It’s amazing that people who only know of him through the blog, or by word of mouth have been so concerned for him, so here are the names of some of the people who have worked tirelessly for Jet, so that Chris and Michelle could get on with running the stables, and to support Cathy who does not enjoy very good health.
Bob and Di (and Myrtle), Ann, Johnny, Chris N., Sarah, Pat, Alex, Chloe, Jess, Jasmin, Angela and Chris, Charlie W., Charlie, Irene, Mary, Helen and Mark, Lynn, All the children from the Pony Club, Edward Stone, and Jackie, and a very, very special thank you to Peter, who although desperately ill came up every morning for the 6am feed. Sadly Peter died just a few weeks after Jet was weaned. We hope we have not forgotten anyone, thank you, all of you.
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