May31_Mustang_Momma_Adopts_Motherless_Foal_20140531_7052 by trinda

May31_Mustang_Momma_Adopts_Motherless_Foal_20140531_7052

Last week I told you about a foal whose Mother died at his birth. Theresa's mustang mare delivered the foal in the foreground today, and they put the amniotic sack around the orphaned foal and rubbed him with it. Then, rubbed some scent on his nose (I think she said Vicks Vaper rub or vasilene) to confuse the mare's sense of smell, and she let him nurse without rejecting him. I drove over today to see how things were working out and saw both of these foals, both colts, nursing together. Such a beautiful and moving sight. And what a blessing for Christie who lost her precious mare. What a good friend Theresa is. The sire is a black Friesian, the breed originated in the Netherlands and are gorgeous and where used for war horses. A light draft breed. Google them if you haven't seen these gorgeous creatures.
Wow, that is fantastic, hope the feeding continues well.
June 1st, 2014  
That is cool.. my brother-in-law has trotters and one of his mares died after giving birth the local vet put them on to a mini horse that had lost her foal.. looked really funny once the foal started to get all leggy... but she did really well ..
June 1st, 2014  
@julzmaioro I bet that did look odd. The baby bigger than the mom.
June 1st, 2014  
That's beautiful!
June 1st, 2014  
Beautiful! What a touching story!fav!
June 1st, 2014  
beautiful!
June 1st, 2014  
Awww so adorable
June 1st, 2014  
beautiful capture
June 1st, 2014  
Beautiful scene. We have done this in the past with calves, often when the calf has died we will get another one from the dairy farm down the road and cover it with the scent of the other. It can take a few days but usually always works. Fav
June 1st, 2014  
This is so cool! Glad the orphan got adopted. Looks like he needs a good feed.
June 1st, 2014  
Beautiful capture..love the light
June 2nd, 2014  
Beautiful capture. Love the whole scene and love that the mare adopted the orphan.
June 2nd, 2014  
Wonderful !
June 2nd, 2014  
Another fav. Stunning capture
June 7th, 2014  
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