Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fragile

Yesterday, Sacred and her baby were turned out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
They were the picture of health and happiness. 
Sadly, Sacred colicked during the wee hours of this morning.  She didn't make it. 
Baby is doing well so far, but everyone is heartbroken.
Life is so fragile.  Cross your fingers for the little guy.  He's going to need all the luck he can get.

18 comments:

  1. Oh this is so heartbreaking. :( There are plenty of resources on how to raise orphan foals out there. My condolences to the owner of mare and foal. ugh.

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  2. Oh no! I'm so sad for the owners and that beautiful baby.

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  3. I'm in tears for the owner. Such a tumultuous few days with the birth of this beautiful baby and the untimely death of his mother.
    So heartrending.
    So excruciatingly sad.

    Many sympathies to the owners...

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  4. Oh, so sad! Hopefully they have a mare or sweet gelding around who can foster the baby. And foal-lac. :-( --Trish

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  5. Sacred belonged to the barn owner, who has raised many, many foals. It's never good to have a foal orphaned at two days old, but at least he's in capable hands. When I left the barn today, he was back in the foaling stall and drinking from a wall-mounted bottle. A possible nurse mare had been located, so with any luck, he'll have a new mama soon. I think he's going to be ok, but it's still sad.

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  6. why did this have to happen to this helpless, poor little foal!!!!!! life is NOT fair!!!!!!!

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  7. Damn! Even though the title had me worried something bad had happened, I really hoped it wasn't this. How sad.

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  8. Oh, how sad. I feel for this little foal. His name should be something like lucky break, or chance if he makes it. I hope that this time he will.

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  9. Oh, no!! Sad for everyone, but glad to read that there is a plan and experienced folks to help him through this. Please keep us posted.

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  10. Crossing my fingers that the nurse mare works out for him. Poor mama. :(

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  11. Oh god, I'm so sorry to hear this, that poor wee thing! :(

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  12. I'm so sorry! I really hope the little guy makes it!

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  13. there was no absolute need for her passing...now that foal's life has changed dramatically!!!!!:(

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  14. Just a little update (there will be a full report with photos later today or more probably tomorrow): The little guy is doing great. He's stopped calling for his mama and is eating like a champ. A nurse mare has been located and should arrive later today. With any luck, they'll take to each other right away.

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  15. Poor baby. Hope he does well. Any clue why the mare had a colic?

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    1. Actually, they're no longer sure it was colic. The mare died between midnight and 5 AM. No one was there to witness it, and there wasn't a necropsy, so cause of death will always be a mystery.

      For what it's worth, she didn't seem to have suffered long. The ground around her was undisturbed and she wasn't injured or sweaty.

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  16. I just got caught up on this after a long hiatus... what a tragic story. The foal is so lucky to have such a good network!

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