Foal Season at the Rode Farm

Spring has sprung! That means flowers, warmer weather and foals! This is always an exciting time of the year on the Rode farm, known to many in the Shenandoah Valley as Clarke Equine Wellness and Performance. My husband’s family runs a horse medical practice on their family farm. There are babies everywhere!

On our most recent visit, there were more than I had seen in a while. So, of course, I had to pull the camera out and capture some of the cuteness!

“Hey, what’s going on over there?”

“No really, we both want to know!”

Meet Annie! This little girl was enjoying her morning brushing very much. So much so, she was giving Corey kisses as she brushed.

No matter how often we travel up in the spring, I always seem to miss a foal being born. It kills me! I was hopeful this time. A mare was due our first night there. Of course, that night came and went with no foal. I was starting to think I would never see a foal. But on our last night there, the mare went into labor. A half-hour later, this beautiful girl pictured above was here and trying to figure out how to walk. It was amazing. Since there was no light in the field, the only photo I was able to snap was this one of Scout giving the newborn it’s first kiss as Nathan held up a flashlight.

Baby girl meets Cecelia for the first time. It was love at first sight.

It’s hard being a newborn!

Mama was taking such good care of her little girl. It was so sweet.

Sweet dreams, baby!

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