Born on Easter Sunday (31st March 2013)
"Having bred several foals for many years - the outcome is not always what you expect.
Of course you are excited to see the new arrivals and plan carefully for their entry to the world and watch in wonder as to how it will be in 5, 10 years time.
In the last couple of days of pregnancy - you become aware of the mares behavior - and you know it will be soon. When the behavior changes and all does not seem right - then you start to panic! This was our reaction for our first due foal of the year - the mare was not right.
Easter Sunday and the foal was born, it was hard work and the mare was exhausted - the foal not well either.
After a lot of initial treatment and many long hours - we now have an orphaned foal. Day 4 and he is finding his feet and strength - and there is no kidding to the hours you have to put in to keep the foal fed and warm and try your best to not treat them like pets - if he survives - he will be a horse and not a dog!
The outcome is still unknown, but the foal has a fighting chance.
Sadly we lost the mare just a few days later.
Breeding horses has often been described to me as an expensive hobby - it is - and a tough one too!"