Mare gives birth to rare twin foals
The owner of a stud farm in Liphook, Hampshire is delighted after one of her mare Love Me Do gave birth to twin foals.
According to the British Horse Society, the chances of a horse giving birth to healthy are as likely as 10,000 to one. Lee Hacket, senior executive of welfare for the British Horse Society said that it was ‘incredibly rare’ that two foals were born healthy. He added that, ‘ In most cases both of the foals will die during pregnancy, or only one will survive.’
Gayle Silvester, who runs the Colourthyme stude farm in Hampshire said that her former showjumper Love Me Do gave birth to two healthy foals last week. Ms Silvester said that the 17 year old mare’s twin birth was a great surprise and shock to her. She said, ‘She had the one and we thought, ‘she’s finished’, and then she lay down and started pushing, so I thought I ought to look and have a feel to see what was going on, and there was another one on its way.’
Love Me Do’s first foal was a colt and the second was a filly, which is a bit weaker but Ms Silvester has been bottle feeding her to help her along and is confident that she will grow into a strong and healthy mare.
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