Twin Horses born on Easter Morning

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“This is a very rare & wonderful occasion, but I can’t help thinking that their mom either was too skinny before the birth (which makes it more of a miracle) or wasn’t getting enough food during the pregnancy. These are my own thoughts, I’ve never seen 2 Skewbald (brown & white) precious little foals!”

TIFTON, GA (WALB) – A Tifton woman woke up to a big surprise Easter morning when her pregnant horse gave birth twice.

Twin Foals Are Rare Especially Healthy Ones’s

Lori Tucker’s horse delivered not one, but two fillies. An extremely rare occurrence for horses, and what’s even more astonishing is they’re both healthy.“YES, it’s very rare, & by looking at the picture of the mom further down, it’s even more surprising that both foals seem to be healthy “

Only about one in 10,000 horses have twins, and even fewer survive birth. But on Easter morning Lori Tucker was awaken by a phone call. “I really am surprised, yet very happy, that both foals appear normal & healthy!”

Sleepy time!

“My neighbour called and told me we had twins. I was actually asleep, and I was so shocked,” said Lori Tucker, Horse owner.

She jumped out of bed and ran outside in her pyjamas. Once outside, she couldn’t believe what she saw.

To come out, the sun was up and they were running around and nursing with mama. And the neighbors were so excited…it was just…It was just the most amazing feeling, like I didn’t give birth, but I felt like they were mine,” Tucker said. “So was this premature, did this lady know the mare was pregnant? Because if my mare was near a due date, I would be sleeping in the barn with her when it got time to her due date!”

Tucker has read about twin horses online, and knows how rare they are. So she’s been keeping a close eye on the two, and is making sure Betty Girl, the mom, is taking to motherhood.”Which is why I can’t help but wonder, why was that mare so thin?”

“I don’t know if she’s got enough milk yet, but we’re gonna try to bucket feed them. But they’re nursing really good. She’s a great mama. She has really taken care of them. So I hope they just make it past these critical weeks,” said Tucker. “Well considering the skinny state of the mom, I would be suprised if she has enough milk for one never mind two!”

Tucker said the first few weeks are very important for the horses’ development. During our, visit the smaller horse Tucker calls “the baby,” took to bucket feeding for the first time, which is a good sign for the timid little one. “The foal has probably been butting moms udder…so taking so readily to the bucket could be  a sign the baby is hungry, mom doesn’t have enough weight on her to produce milk to feed them both”!

Just a couple of days after the horses were born, Tucker said they already have different personalities.

“The older one, I could tell from birth when I came out was a little more curious than the other one. She was sniffing around, seeing who I was. The little miniature one, she was kind of shy. Standoff-ish,” she said.

Tucker says the twins were born only about 20-minutes apart. She hasn’t named the horses yet, but says she’s trying to come up with some good Easter names. In the meantime, the twins will have to get lots of rest as they continue to grow.

“Now the picture below show’s mom, why is she so skinny? I know babies can take a lot of nutrients from mom (which is why they should be fed properly) but she should be nice & fat so she has enough milk for them both! Does anyone know these people? Perhaps the mare was a rescue, but I would have thought that would have been said in the news story. As far as body scoring this mare, I would only give it a condition score of a 2 at most…I would certainly be worried for their health!”

I have a problem with this, why is the mom so skinny??

Link to news post:-http://www.walb.com/story/21859812/twin-horses-born-on-easter-morning

Link to video:http://www.walb.com/story/21859812/twin-horses-born-on-easter-morning?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8736847

Read the following, then look at that mare. I am not having a go at the owner, there may be a reason why mom is thin…but there can be no excuse for not knowing your horse is pregnant & adding feed accordingly!”

There is actually more potential harm in bringing a mare into late pregnancy in thin condition. Thin mares have a higher incidence of embryonic death and lower foal birth rates. They also have no energy reserves for themselves or the birth process. They may have lower resistance to infection and therefore fewer antibodies to pass on to their foals.

Their milk production will be scanty, and their suckling foals will be hungrier. Conception rates for thinner mares at rebreeding are also lower. If a mare enters the last trimester of her pregnancy in thin condition, this is one time to pour on the grain to achieve a large weight gain before foaling.

Add to 1 pound of a grain mix fortified for pregnant mares to her total ration every fourth day, but do not let grain exceed 40 percent of her total daily ration.

Nursing makes the greatest nutritional demands on a mare in any phase in the reproductive cycle, and many mares are underfed while nursing. Lactating mares need as much or more energy in their diets as hard-working performance horses. However, compared to a performance horse whose energy needs increase gradually throughout his training regime, the lactating mare’s energy needs increase literally overnight.

For the first four months of their lives, foals gain between 3 and 5 pounds daily, and in the first two months, a foal depends on its dam for 100 percent of his nutrition. The mare’s energy needs are double what they were in her second trimester and three times what they were in the first. Her protein, vitamin and mineral needs are at least 25 percent higher, too. Without sufficient calories in her diet, a lactating mare’s hipbones and ribs sometime seem to appear overnight. When that happens, it means she is breaking down her own body reserves to produce milk. This not only hurts the mare, but it can also jeopardize any new fetus she may be carrying if she was rebred.

Give the lactating mare 3 percent of her body weight daily in feed. Since she can only eat a certain amount of hay daily, the best way to increase her calories is by increasing her grain intake.This is also the time to splurge on the best-quality grass hay or alfalfa you can find so that the mare gets maximum nutrition from her forage.

Because of their small digestive tracts, foals eat many small, frequent meals. It is normal for suckling foals to nurse for one to two minutes three to seven times an hour. Excessive bouts of nursing, a foal that is constantly butting the mare’s udder, a mare that is antagonistic because the foal is continually trying to nurse or below-normal weight gains all point to poor milk production.

Link:http://www.horseweightogo.com/pregnant-mares.html

Sheffield Man Banned From Keeping Horses For Five Years

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“This cold hearted shit has got away lightly, banned for five years?? it should have been for life!!!”

Sheffield man has been banned from keeping horses for five years after an emaciated mare and foal were found in his care.

Dollar — a seven-year-old mare (pictured right and below) — and her six-month-old piebald filly foal Tweddle,

Horse as found

were found at the start of the year by World Horse Welfarefield officer Rachel Andrews.

Andrew Willoughby, 34, of Kiveton Park, Red Hill was sentenced to 200 hours of community service at Rotherham Magistrates Court on 23 October.

He was ordered to pay £500 costs and a £70 fine after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering.

Mr Willoughby had originally denied ownership of the mare and entered a not guilty plea, but changed his plea to guilty before the trial took place.

Both animals were extremely thin, with lice and a possible worm burden.

Dollar was officially signed over to the care of World Horse Welfare prior to the hearing and Tweddle has now been signed over too.

“I’m very satisfied with the outcome pleased that the seriousness of the case has been highlighted,” said Rachel Andrews.

This is what food & TLC can do for horses on the brink of death

“Dollar (pictured above) and Tweddle have already improved almost beyond recognition under the care of World Horse Welfare.

The pair will remain at the charity’s Hall Farm base in Norfolk for further rehabilitation and when ready, will be re-homed to begin a new chapter of their life.”

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk 20th November 2012

News Link:– http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/sheffield-man-banned-from-keeping-horses-for-five-years/#PTQHQjl0O3AjhpFz.99 

Two Sublimity women guilty of animal abuse; foal up for adoption

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Two Sublimity women have pleaded guilty to three counts of felony animal abuse in a case involving two abused and malnourished horses.

This mixed-breed foal has recovered and is ready for adoption after being rescued this summer.
USPCA

Marion County Judge Lindsay Partridge sentenced Janet Spears, 33, and Rachel Frazeur, 38, to a one-year suspended sentence. They were placed on supervised probation with the condition that they not own or care for any animal during the supervision.

Spears and Frazeur were arrested and charged this summer after deputies found a mixed-breed mare and a foal. The horses were in a field in the 14000 block of Triumph Road SE in Salem.

The mare had to be euthanized but the foal was taken to the United Society for Prevention and Cruelty to Animals where it was paired with a nurse mare. The foal is now ready for adoption.

If interested, contact Barbara Kahl, a veterinarian who runs the facility, at adoption@unitedspca.org

News Link:http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/10/two_sublimity_women_guilty_of.html

Teen’s pet horses slaughtered in drive-by shooting

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A teenage girl’s two pet horses have been slaughtered during a night-time drive-by shooting in a remote South Island gorge that has baffled police.

Buller Gorge bushman Stephen McGrath was driving Clydesdales past a farm paddock where his 16-year-old daughter Rimu kept her beloved mare Dolly and its young foal, Rice.

Shot & Killed

He became worried when they didn’t come running up to the roadside fence “like they usually do”, and sent a farmhand into the paddock to check for them.

“She screamed her head off,” Mr McGrath said relaying when the worker found two carcasses lying in long grass 30m from the road.

They had been shot through the head and were surrounded by pools of blood.

“The mare had been shot through the eye with a clean shot from a high calibre rifle,” the experienced horseman said.

“The foal was shot in the head, but it wasn’t a clean shot. It ran around the paddock for some considerable distance before it died. There was blood everywhere.”

 Mr McGrath, 61, then had to tell his daughter, a pupil at Murchison Area School, that her 12th birthday present had been killed.

“She’s been up and down since the shooting,” the father of four admitted.

“Rimu has grown up around horses, but Dolly was her old favourite. All of the photographs she sticks on her schoolbook are of her riding Molly.”

Mr McGrath does not believe an experienced hunter could have mistaken the horses for deer but he hopes it was an innocent spotlighting accident.

Now, he has asked the hunting community to “out” the person responsible.

“It’s better for my soul to think it was a case of mistaken identity, but it’s hard to understand why they shot the second one,” he said.

“It’s too tough to handle that someone might knowingly shoot a horse.”

Police are investigating the shooting, which occurred on August 30 on the McGrath property at the old Newton Livery between Murchison and Inangahua.

Local Murchison police constable Mike McDougall described it as ” a real tragedy“.

He visited the scene, took photographs, and was upset by what he saw.

“We’ve got horses – half of Murchison has horses these days – and it wasn’t nice to see those dead animals in a field like that,” he said.

He said inquiries were underway, and he is keeping an open mind over whether they were shot on purpose or it was “a case of mistaken identity”.

“They could’ve thought they were deer,” Mr McDougall said.

“But either way, it’s concerning. We don’t want people shooting from the road, or in the dark. In these circumstances, that’s how people get killed.”

News Link:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/animals/news/article.cfm?c_id=500834&objectid=10832203

 

Foal Recovering After Owner Charged With Animal Neglect

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An 11-day-old foal is adjusting well three days after being found malnourished and neglected. The young horse’s mother was been euthanized because of an untreatable infection. Owner Janet M. Spears of Sublimity has been charged with two counts of animal neglect.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies visited both horses on Sunday after they were called to a field in the 14000 block of Triumph Road Southeast, Salem.

Dr. Barbara Kahl / United SPCA
A foal found by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies is recovering, but its mother was euthanized and its owner has been charged with animal neglect.

They found a 12-year-old mare with a wound that stretched from her nose to her eyes. Deputies hoped that United Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials in Yamhill would be able to treat the horse. But veternarian Dr. Barbara Kahl said the animal had extensive health problems, including internal masses, a split left foot and gangrene. It was also unable to produce milk for her foal. The older horse was euthanized while under anesthesia.

The foal was malnourished, but United SPCA volunteers fed it every two hours until a nurse mare could be found. By Wednesday, the foal had formed a connection with her new nurse mare, Dr. Kahl said. United SPCA officials have high hopes that it will fully recover.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, horse owner Spears said that she thought the mare’s infected wound would heal on its own. She is scheduled to go to court on July 24 on animal neglect charges.

News Link:-http://news.opb.org/article/horse-owner-charged-animal-neglect/

Fines total $2000 over neglect of thoroughbred gelding

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“I for one am sick of hearing people get away with petty fines etc. They would be better off making them work unpaid but supervised of course. Get all abusers shoveling shit at local disabled riding stables, or some other hard labor job!! It’s just makes me so flaming angry that a horse suffered in agony & paid with it’s life, & all he gets is a fine, oh & good behavior bond!”

“It’s a pxxs take, the fine wouldn’t even cover the cost of the horse, if it was a thoroughbred! I tell you what, if I wasn’t in such bad health I would go to law school an study my butt off to become a judge…then they would know what paying for a crime really meant!”

A New South Wales man has been fined $A2000, plus costs, on two charges over the care of a thoroughbred gelding.

Jason Johnson, of Bonshaw, appeared in Inverell Local Court last week to be sentenced for animal cruelty offences.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier Court appearance to two charges – aggravated cruelty and failure to provide proper and sufficient food to his horse.

A New South Wales police officer had gone to the Bonshaw property on May 3 last year in response to a complaint about a horse that was down.

The thoroughbred gelding was in extremely poor condition and too weak to stand without collapsing, the New South Wales RSPCA said.

The police officer contacted an RSPCA inspector, who issued instructions to the property owner to seek immediate veterinary treatment or have the horse humanely euthanized.

The horse was euthanized later that day.

During an interview the following day, Johnson admitted he was aware there was very little feed available in the paddock and that the horse had not received any supplementary feeding for five days prior to its death.

Johnson was convicted and fined $A1000 for each of the two charges.

He was placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for 12 months and ordered to pay $A162 in court costs.

Johnson was also ordered to present to NSW Police for fingerprinting.

News Link:http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/05/31/fines-total-a2000-over-neglect-of-thoroughbred-gelding/

Contraceptive injections start for Dartmoor pony herd

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“Why can’t the BLM do this for the wild mustangs of the US. It would prevent the horses being kept in holding pens, splitting families up & stop those being sent for slaughter. Come on BLM, it’s your turn to think about the animals welfare & not $$$$$”

Dartmoor poniesare being given contraceptive injections in a bid to control the number of unwanted foals.

The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association says the animals benefit the ecology of the moor

The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association said foals were not in demand in the current economic climate and the project could prevent young unsold ponies from being slaughtered.

It added that adult numbers needed to be maintained because their grazing benefited the local ecology.

Twenty animals will be injected and also microchipped to monitor them.

‘Cheaper than re-homing’

Work on the trial project, which was announced in October, started on Wednesday morning.

Vet Keith Meldrum said: “The purpose of the trial is to allow owners to keep their good adult breeding mares and bring them into foal later if they want to do so.”

Maureen Rolls, from South West Equine Protection, said that although the drugs would work, it could not be a large-scale solution.

Maureen Rolls of SW Equine ProtectionMaureen Rolls, from South West Equine Protection, said the project was not a large-scale solution

She said: “We’re dealing with feral ponies, and while they may be able to round them up and inject them, the cost of the ponies does not warrant the costs of the injections.”

However, Charlotte Faulkner, founder of the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association and one of the other vets involved, said controlling the numbers of unwanted foals would help animal welfare.

She said: “It’s less expensive than trying to re-home hundreds of foals.”

There are no drugs in the UK that will allow fertility control of horses.

The drugs have been donated by pharmaceuticals company Pfizer, and imported from Australia.

The government issued a special licence for the contraceptive to be imported into the UK.

If the trial is successful, organisers said it could be expanded to control the populations of other native horses and ponies in areas such as the New Forest, Exmoor and Bodmin.

News Link:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-18171567

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