I’ve never put too much faith in "equine understanding." Horses just don’t see things the same way humans do. But the past few days have convinced me that one horse, at least, sees the bigger picture here. Hermione seems to understand that the frequent injections she’s receiving are related to her having this new filly. Hermione’s neck has started to look a bit like a pin cushion, between the P&E and the sulpiride shots–but she doesn’t shy away when she sees me approaching with the big syringes. She looks at me warily, then sighs, walks over, and waits for the two needle jabs.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I also have a scoop full of sweet feed.

Hermione's medications

Hermione will receive 4 hormones and a total of 48 injections in the 10-day lactation induction procedure.

Over the past couple of days, my father, friends, and I have made about 10 trips to various pharmacies and ag supply stores to pick up all the medications, hormones, syringes, needles, foal formula, and other essentials for taking care of Jo’s Magic, Hermione, and Exotic Blue. If I ever have to do this again, I’m going to remember to buy double what I think I’ll need–that way, I’ll only have to go back half as often!

To facilitate the frequent feedings, we’ve kept Hermione and Jo in a small paddock that’s attached to the barn. I was worried that Jo would go her