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Stopchargingmaria 45-Day Ultra Sound

May 9th, 2018

Ultrasounds are used to monitor the early growth of the developing fetus as mares go through their 11-12 gestation period.  As the fetus enlarges, it becomes almost impossible to see the entire image.

This is a video of a 45-day Ultrasound scan of 2019 Stopchargingmaria (in foal to Tapit) taken this morning. The kidney shaped image to the left is the developing fetus, the strand to the right is umbilical structures. In the video, the pulsing orange image is the beating heart of the developing fetus. 

New Routine...

April 13th, 2018

Stopchargingmaria and her filly are adjusting well to their new schedule.  They're spending most of their time in this 30-acre paddock with several other mares and foals.  We'll see them in the stall every morning around 6 and then around noon time, they're back outside.  Chris Baker explains in this video... 

Stopchargingmaria 18-- Growth Chart

April 2nd, 2018

Chris Baker has provided the attached chart that covers the filly's growth from birth to March 20, 2018.  "SCM18" has gained almost 150 pounds since she was born!

A note from Chris Baker:  In reviewing the chart, you will note that the filly is  -1% compared to the reference group in weight and +2% in height. None of this is of any concern in a healthy, well developing filly like this. That her height is above average is  very encouraging for a first foal. Foals can grow at different rates and it has been my observation over time that foals from maiden mares often start off a little behind the curve in weight or height but with compensatory growth are big, robust yearlings.

New Friends, New 30 Acre Paddock!

March 19th, 2018

Stopchargingmaria and her foal, as of today, are grouped with 10 other mare/foal pairs including Shook Up and the other three mares she has been housed with all along. This group, barring any unforeseen incidents, will stay together through weaning over the summer and early fall.