Pine View Farms has an Extra Special New Mother & Foal!
Gabrielle Sasse, PleasureHorse.com
(Wednesday, January 22)- Pine View Farms has had some great stories come out of their mares and foals (did you see the story of Cookie the Supermare?), not only of winners but of heartwarming love! 2014 is proving to be no exception… Farm Manager Debbi Trubee shared this heartwarming story of the mare Ima Sudden Invester, or “Suzie” and her new foal (by Lazy Loper).
“A mare’s natural instincts never fail to amaze me! We’ve been stressing about how this birthing was going to go since Suzie went totally blind this summer from mature cataracts. We moved her two months ago to Pine View and she has a stall that opens into a private lot, so she’s gotten comfortable in her surroundings and can go outside. She has had other foals, so we felt her maternal skills were very good. She foaled early this morning, and I’ve just never seen a mare take such great care in placing her feet and looking after her colt!”
“We only had one little moment when she couldn’t find him before we got the halter with three bells attached on him. Once she connected the bells to the baby, all was good! We actually had our dear nurse mare Cookie ready with milk in case Suzie couldn’t deal with the baby.” Nurse mares are just what they sound like- mares that have milk (usually via horomone therapy) and will take over for the mother if the mare dies, rejects the foal, or cannot feed the foal herself.
“The mare and foal are owned by Rhonda Malone. Rhonda raised Suzie, so she is very dear to Rhonda,” Debbi continues. “I talked to several people with blind mares to be sure we had some insight before we took this on. The bells are a common thing for people to use with a blind mare. Rhonda has named the little guy Bello.”
The adorable colt plays “jingle bells” as he roams around, and the mare and foal are doing well. Congratulations to Rhonda and Debbi!