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    03-09-2011, 12:52 AM
Green Broke
Mare rejected foal

Ok so this isn't my horse, my farrier was telling me about his awhile ago. He breeds endurance arabs and he was telling me about how he had two mares together and one foaled in the morning and the other foaled late in the afternoon on the same day. Apparently when the first mare had her foal the second mare went over and started cleaning it then let it drink as though it was her own. Then when she had her foal later she had it then got up and left it. So they caught her and the foal took them to a round pen or something and tried to get her to take it. He said they tried everything he could think of to get her to except it but she seemed to tuely believe the other foal was hers and not this one even though she had just given birth to it. So in the end they ended up having to hand raise this foal. His daughter is my friend at school and I heard many stories of them having to get up at all hours of the night to feed it. So has anyone heard of anything like this before becasue I haven't and he said he couldn't believe what he saw. ??
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    03-09-2011, 01:05 AM
That's a shame, I would have thought that the mare whose foal was stolen would take in the abandoned one.

And sadly yes, things like this happen with animals.
    03-09-2011, 01:07 AM
Yes, it does happen occasionally. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a 'wet-nurse' horse or a surrogate mare that will take in the foal and let it nurse but if that either doesn't happen or isn't an option, then bottle feeding is the only way left.
    03-09-2011, 01:10 AM
Green Broke
I don't want to come across as completely ignorant or anything I wasn't completely suprised she rejected it I just thought it was weird that she thought the other one was hers. I think they did try to give it to the other mare but she new the other foal was hers so she didn't want it either. So one foal ended up with two horses as its mother.
    03-09-2011, 02:50 AM
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
I don't want to come across as completely ignorant or anything

I didn't mean to imply that, sorry if I did.
    03-09-2011, 10:02 AM
Green Broke
No its alright I didn't feel you were implying anything. Your comment just made me realise that may be how I was coming across
    03-09-2011, 10:37 AM
My palomino mare wanted a foal so badly I caught her nursing a yearling altho she was dry. The two were quite happy with the arrangement. The yearling had been weaned six month before.
    03-09-2011, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
Lol when snowflake gave birth to sparta, our little bay QH mare would herd sparta away from snowflake and try to "claim" him as hers. Lol
    03-10-2011, 03:18 AM
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
No its alright I didn't feel you were implying anything. Your comment just made me realise that may be how I was coming across

My farrier knows better than to tell me any woes as I will call him all the time for updates. Do you have any, how are the foals?

If you don't know, call your farrier and ask, and I betcha he won't tell you any sad stories any more.
    03-10-2011, 05:15 AM
Green Broke
Lol if you are actually asking me I don't have any but apparently his two are now weaned and are currently being halter broken.

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