I have two fun announcements. I wasn’t sure which I should start with so I tossed a coin, and here’s what I’ll share with you first.
The second episode of my new podcast, Equiosity, has just been published. In case you haven’t heard, this podcast is my latest project. I have teamed up with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia, to create the Equiosity podcast.
We taped the first four episodes last August. They were part of one long conversation that we split into four episodes. I was in the midst of writing the Goat Diaries, so naturally that was what I was thinking about. So these first episodes of a podcast that is about horses start out with goats.
That’s not all we talked about. These first two episodes cover a lot of ground. The overall theme of Episode 2 is emotional balance. How can we have the enthusiasm we love coupled with the calmness we need for optimal learning?
You can learn more about the podcasts and listen to the first two episodes at Equiosity.com
The second piece of exciting news is our goat herd has expanded. Yesterday Thanzi gave birth to twins. If they were horses, I would say she has a colt and a filly. Baby goats don’t seem to have names that indicate gender. They are just referred to as kids. So I will say she had a boy and a girl, both black, but thankfully the little girl has a spot of white on her forehead. She will be easy to tell apart from her brother and Trixie’s black triplets.
They came during the day which is good, but at an awkward time for me. Yesterday afternoon I had an appointment with my tax accountant. When I checked on Thanzi before leaving for a few hours, she was just starting into labor. What to do! At this time of year you don’t cancel tax appointments. But I couldn’t leave Thanzi. So my tax accountant, who doesn’t even know about the goats, got what has to be for him a unique excuse for canceling an appointment. At least it’s better than my dog ate my homework.
Thanzi did great. I got to watch her twins being born, and thankfully I didn’t have to help out. That’s exactly what you want. I helped dry them off just so they would get to know me, and then I stepped back and let Thanzi bond with her babies.
After barn chores were done, I spent the evening with Trixie’s three curled up in my lap. Thanzi’s newborns were sleeping within reach so I could stroke them as I welcomed them to the world. We are in for a lot of laughter at the Clicker Center this spring! Come join us!
You will need a password to watch this video. Since it shows Thanzi giving birth, the password is Thanzi.