It's time. Maybe a touch past time according to the foaling experts, but at nine months old, Zara has been weaned. She was still nursing pretty frequently but since her height was the same as Piper's (woot!) we went for it. The separation was pretty easy - Piper went out with the geldings and Jade has babysitting duty for the time being. Jade and Zara have been going out together off and on so it wasn't a big deal. There was some whinnying on Zara's part but it was short lived and I didn't hear Piper make a peep. Zara was a little clingy when I came around throughout the weekend and it was really fun to have her be so cute and cuddly.
With her rite of passage, I decided to finally register her and took the chance to take some pictures while I was out there. It was hard as she kept turning into me and following me as she'd been taught, but a distraction finally got her attention and I snuck around getting the four shots done. $100 to APHA later and she's now CS Infatuation (pending)!
The next morning brought about some unhappiness in Piper as her udder is now super full and she's banging on the gates periodically for someone to relieve her discomfort but in a few days she'll be good to go. Otherwise we're prepping for our big show this upcoming weekend and working on some more fun changes around the farm - stay tuned!