Study breaks are an essential part of exam period, so I seized the opportunity last week to escape Ithaca briefly to see my family at home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
During the afternoon on the farm, we were a bit surprised to find a newborn foal in the pasture (the mare had shown no signs). The delivery went smoothly, but the colt’s first feeble attempts to walk landed him in a big patch of mud. Using a towel as a makeshift sling, we helped the foal to his feet and “walked” him into a clean stall in the adjacent barn.
It is now our task to choose an appropriate name for the little guy. He is a Connemara pony, so an Irish name would be most appropriate. My sister searched the word “surprise” in a Gaelic dictionary and found the saying “ubh ubh.” I’m a big fan of the name “Ubbah”, but other non-gibberish suggestions are certainly welcome.