2. Give us Fanny's statistics, please. Fanny was born April 18, 1999. She is 16hh. Fanny is in foal to Mr Cool Hand Luke. and this will be her first foal. Fanny is 2004 and 2007 Reserve World Champion and eight time World Top Ten Winner. Her dam is Canadian National Champion Skippers Lucy May and her sire is our own Supreme Champion and 2003 World's Best Appaloosa Zip Me Impressive
3. What is Fanny's personality like? Fanny is great. She is relaxed and quiet. She has a nice hip and a great personality. She is calm and even-tempered, like our other mares. That's important to us for breeding purposes to pass along a nice disposition, but also for ease of handling - a horse is a big animal and it costs the same to keep a cranky horse as a nice one....so you might as well make sure you buy a nice one! She is a multiple reserve world champion and has had one foal Trace a 2008 colt, who also has show points.
4. Can you tell us about the foal's sire (father)? Mr Cool Hand Luke. is a three time World Champion. He is owned by Larrabee Appaloosas.
5. How will you know Fanny is about to give birth? Since Fanny is a maiden mare we don't know if she will show all the typical signs of foaling. The signals we watch for include her tail cocked continuously to one side; pacing; her udder very full and waxed on the teats; getting smooth and elongated under her tail; the baby moving back into position giving her a more "cylindrical" appearance; and the ligaments on either side of her tail feeling soft and loose in preparation for foaling. In addition she may be not as hungry the day before or day of foaling; she may drip milk from her udder a few hours before delivery, and she may lay down and get up frequently. Her water will break and then the foal should be born within one hour - but sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes, so watch close!
6. Does the light in the foaling stall bother Fanny? No, the light is from a low-watt light bulb. We enhance the lighting of the picture via the computer software so that you can see things better at night. Lights are off during the day. We will also turn off the lights after Fanny foals and the baby is up and nursing vigorously. (about two to three hours after foaling) Mother and baby will be in natural light every day, whether they are in the barn or outside in their paddock.
7. What kind of technical equipment do you use to support the BarnCams? We have six cameras in and outside the barn all devoted to supporting the technical side of the BarnCams. We have four wireless cameras and one video camera pointed at the horses we are featuring each day. An older, wired system runs from the foaling barn to the TVs in the house so that we can do hourly and then half-hour checks at night without running down to the barn. We have three dedicated servers to handle all the traffic - it has been incredible! In addition, we will use a hand-held camera for our BarnBuddy Club members when Fanny foals.
*(Created by BarnBuddy Deb)