What a happy Groundhog Day! This little fellow, born around sunrise, Feb. 2, 2007, is the eighth foal of Sarita de Don Francisco, owned by Carroll Voelkel of Albuquerque, NM, and the first foal of Vikingo de Los Angeles, owned by Carolyn Meinel Bertin of Sandia Park, NM.
That's frost on Sarita's tail. Brrrr! The Voelkels had a baby monitor in the run-in shed. Carroll checked on her at 11 PM, and she did not appear to be in labor. All night there was not a peep from the baby monitor. But when Caroll's husband checked at 7 AM, Sarita was just finishing drying the colt, who was on his feet, hunting for her udder.
He looks just like his sire, except for the sock on his left hind foot.
This colt ends a stretch of four years of unsuccessful breedings arranged by Sarita's previous owner.
White patches on Sarita's back suggest that she encountered at least one stallion who injured her while mating or attempting to mate. Vikingo, however, was considerate and this colt is his reward.