Rescue
Couple find foal on the brink of death with no mother in sight
Unfortunately, the foal had been abandoned.
Cherie Gozon
12.30.22

Those with a heart for animals can never turn their backs on those in need.

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Whenever people we see animals or when people call us for help, we’d do our best to rescue them because we know every life is precious.

More so when it comes to babies or young animals left without any maternal care and protection.

It crushes our hearts to see such innocent lives left to fend for themselves.

A couple got a call that a foal was abandoned on private property.

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The couple drove down a rock quarry in Mingo after learning that a newly born foal was abandoned by its mother within the premises.

Despite being injured, they didn’t let it hinder their mission to save the poor baby.

They may be trespassing (technically), but they both knew they had to rescue the foal.

They saw that the property was vast, making the rescue more challenging.

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With a vast and deserted area, it seemed impossible to look for one foal.

Thankfully, people in the nearby community offered to help the couple search for the baby horse.

They needed that help since time was of the essence.

The woman eventually found the foal, but he looked weak and dehydrated.

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They brought some corn syrup and water with them as first aid.

They brought the young horse in their car and started giving him a bit of corn syrup.

You could tell he was hungry because he had been alone in that area for five hours and had no mother to nurse or feed him.

A mare abandoning her foal is normal behavior but rarely happens.

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Unsplash - Soledad Lorieto

A mother horse observes her baby the moment she gives birth to them.

They’re expected to start standing thirty minutes after and walking in two hours.

If they can’t or won’t do that, the mother thinks of her foal as a liability, especially in the wild, so they reject or abandon them and return to her herd.

This is why it’s also vital for rescuers to provide nutritional supplements for the baby.

The couple brought him to a stop by the nearest Tractor Supply Co. for some milk.

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They bought some Colostrum supplements, a feeding bottle, and water.

It seemed like good Samaritans were sent to them that day because the cashier helped them prepare the Colostrum milk after she learned about their emergency.

They tried to feed the foal, but it was tricky.

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He had difficulty feeding from the bottles because he didn’t know how to suckle since he wasn’t able to nurse from his mother.

They still tried and forced him to drink just a little so he would sustain himself for the rest of the trip.

The couple surrendered the foal to a specialty rescue, Bella Run Equine.

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This organization specializes in taking care of horses – adult and young – after they rescue them.

They’ve been saving horses from being traded off or sold for meat. It was an excellent decision for the couple to seek expert care.

Watch their emotional rescue and all their effort to save the foal in the video below.

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