East Hill Farm welcomes a new addition to the barn! Sophie gave birth to a filly (female foal) on November 13 at 5:40pm. Her name is Izzie.
The journey started over a year ago as Farmer Perri searched high and low for a suitable stallion for Sophie. She landed on Checkmark, a premium spotted draft horse from Lazy Day Farm. Having a gentle personality and the desired physical characteristics, Farmer Perri thought he would be the perfect match for Sophie in breeding a future trail horse. Checkmark stayed with us for about eight months. During that time, Sophie became pregnant and Perri began planning. Her due date range was from October 16-November 25. Horses carry for approximately 11 months.Throughout the year, we watched Sophie’s belly get larger and larger. Adam was Sophie’s faithful companion throughout her pregnancy. He was very protective of her and stayed by her side right up until after the delivery. As Sophie’s due date grew close, we were eager to see when Izzie would make her appearance. Perri checked on her constantly, making sure Sophie was comfortable throughout the day and even in the middle of the night. Perri had a camera in the barn that was synced to her phone.
From the middle of October until Izzie was born, guests and staff were constantly asking Perri if there was any news. We even had a fun contest going on within our staff to try to guess the date and time of birth. (Roxy came the closest with her guess)Over Veteran’s Day weekend, Perri started to notice signs that Sophie was getting close. Since horses will sometimes delay the delivery, Perri was not surprised that Sophie waited until all the weekend guests had gone home and the barn was quiet and calm before she delivered. Izzie was born without complications while Perri watched over the event. Izzie has two half-brothers on the property that joined our barn last summer, Joie and Charlie. We are excited for you to meet her and watch her grow into the East Hill Farm herd! When you do visit, remember to watch Sophie and Izzie at a distance, as horses are very protective of their young. We strive to give them both the space and time they need to get used to such a busy barn and lots of adoring fans.