Mathe was born here on the ranch. Her mother, Darcy, was one of several mares we rescued from slaughter. Despite her mothers abuse and neglect, Mathe is a healthy beautiful little foal with a darling personality.
It is only later in quiet reflection that we see the irony in the juxtaposition of our work. Our weekend started early and finished long, as we welcomed Darcy’s daughter into the world and onto a ranch that she has instant equity in. While the birth itself wasn’t completely outside of the bell shaped curve, several factors that ran the gamete from concerning to down right alarming kept us on edge and on our feet all weekend. Mathe’s (Mat-he) birth was a little difficult on Darcy, certainly there were preceding factors that may have contributed to this including stress and malnutrition. The baby was large and most likely over due….and Darcy has had more than her fair share of bringing foals into the world. Darcy retained her placenta for 53 hours leaving us helpless and frantic. We found ourselves able to cheer and celebrate the birth of Darcy’s last foal when at last as she finally passed her placenta. Her daughter, a stunning grulla Quarter Horse filly is healthy, nursing, showing signs of curiosity…and is bucking, playing, and beginning a life as a wanted horse. It is only in the dawn of a new day, when both mother and baby are out of the danger zone, do we remember that Darcy’s pregnant body, vandalized with thoughtlessly placed brands was sold callously to slaughter. This morning Darcy nurses her daughter in a well bedded stall, with a manger full of hay, and a red bucket that is delivers nourishment and a newly found dignity. Happy birthday to our perfect little Mathe…and a job well done to her remarkable mother, Darcy.
With four newly minted and perfectly healthy little foals scampering, playing, bucking, and frolicking around Red Bucket, it is easy to get lost in all that adorable fun. McGarrah, Kami, Micah, and Mathe are completely distracting during their waking hours, and when they are curled up (or in Mathe’s case completely stretched out) they have the ability to completely derail our entire operation, as we cannot take our eyes off of what has presented itself to us as a miracle. We are however reminded of perhaps what is even more magical…their mothers who have endured terror, starvation, and the horrors of impending slaughter to deliver, nurture…and love their babies. Yes, we have a tremendous commitment to these foals, who will never know the unspeakable abuse that their mothers survived in order to bring them life, and we will remain supremely dedicated to these glorious mares who demonstrate devotion at a level that is spellbinding. Red Bucket celebrates Darcy, Marlee, Angelica, Darcey, and little orphan Roulettes mother…wherever she might be.