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??

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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.


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.

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

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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.”

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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.

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Nurse Mare’s – What They Don’t Want You To Know

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NURSE MARE‘S – What they don’t want you to know

Click below to see You Tube video of nurse mare foals….just heartbreaking!!!!

If this doesnt make U cry or get angry then nothing will… babies born to die !!! – YouTube.

The nurse mare has been around for hundreds of years. They were used if a foal was rejected, or if the mother died in birth. They started out to be a good thing. Since then it has turned into something far worse.

Nurse mare foals are babies that were born to its natural mother so that her milk will come in.  The milk that she is producing , however is used to nourish the foal of another mare, another more expensive foal. More

Nurse mares – Their foals are unwanted, a by product, killed without mercy

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Click below to see You Tube video of nurse mare foals….just heartbreaking!!!!

If this doesnt make U cry or get angry then nothing will… babies born to die !!! – YouTube.

The nurse mare has been around for hundreds of years. They were used if a foal was rejected, or if the mother died in birth. They started out to be a good thing. Since then it has turned into something far worse.

Nurse mare foals are babies that were born to its natural mother so that her milk will come in.  The milk that she is producing , however is used to nourish the foal of another mare, another more expensive foal.

Primarily these are thorough bred foals, though it is certainly not limited to the thoroughbred industry. A thoroughbreds purpose is to keep racing, keep earning to produce more racehorses. A mare can be re-bred immediately after delivering a foal. Because the Jockey Club requires that thorough bred mares be bred only by a live cover, not artificially inseminated, the mare must travel to the stallion. The jockey club states that it is dedicated to improving the thoroughbred bred breeding and racing industry. They also state that 2,643 stallions bred 52,410 mares in 2008, with another 4 to 5000 expected before the year ends. If only one-quarter of those have nurse mare, that’s around 13,000 foals that are sent to slaughter or used for pony skin, if  they are not rescued. That doesn’t sound like much of an improvement to me! Travel is very risky for newborn racing foals. & insurance costs prohibit the foal from travelling with its mother. At this point, a nurse mare is hired to raise the thorough bred foal. In order for the nurse mare to have milk, she must have given birth to her own baby

mother and foal

Now the light bulb moment.…what happens to the nurse mares foal? some of them are clubbed over the head & killed immediately they are born, some are just left out to starve to death.  These poor babies are referred to as “by products” of the nurse mare mild industry.
 These nurse mare foals will never know the comfort of their mothers. He will never get the chance to learn how to be a horse from her. At least the PMU mares (which I will publish later) are allowed to nurse their foals for a while.

However, they do have value…their hides can be sold as “pony skin” in the fashion and textile industry. They can be used to make shoes, purses, expensive leather products, furniture, etc….

It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. However, foals from 1 day to 6 months old, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather.

The unfortunate ones, who don’t get rescued, are sent to slaughter houses. Most of these foals have no chance at life from the very start. I can’t comprehend how people think that this is an acceptable practice.

Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. Some countries actually believe that if a horse is skinned while he is still alive…YES…ALIVE (Heinous evil MF’s) the meat will be more tender. What a horrid thought!

Adopting a foal is literally a life or death decision for one of these innocent nurse mare babies. Adopters are directly responsible for saving a foal from a tragic, brutal death. Anyone can buy a horse – it takes a hero to rescue one. They need your help NOW!

Sadly, not all of them can be rescued. The rescuers still have to purchase these colts. They pay anywhere from $200 to $400 a piece for these colts. As if that isn’t enough, then they have to pay for the cost of raising them, feeding them and vet care, until they can adopt them out.

Don’t buy articles made from horse hide, such as, “Corinthian Leather” (some auto upholstery), clothing and accessories made from “Pony Skin”, and brushes and other items made from horse hair.

I would hate to know that me carrying around a stylish purse, or wearing stylish shoes, caused one of these foals to die.

P.S If you google this, you won’t come up with very much. That tells me that not very many people know about this dirty little secret of the horse industry. Share it with everyone you know. If people can become educated on the horrors these horses face, maybe something will be done to correct it.

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