Equine insurance: Ex-racing mare adopts orphaned shire foal
Equine insurance policyholders have been told of a happy outcome at a Cheshire stable, where a thoroughbred mare has adopted an orphaned shire horse foal.
Horse and Hound reported that there had been serious concerns for the young animal, nicknamed Baby, after her mother died from a twisted gut two days after giving birth.
After the death, the owner of the centre, Alistair King, spent nights sleeping in his car next to the foal, in order to feed her every two hours on equine formula milk.
However, a surrogate mare was identified by the National Foaling Bank, and Baby was introduced to 11-year-old Candy, who had lost a foal.
Mr King explained: "The mare is feeding Baby and they are together night and day. In fact the mare is ultra-protective — more than a mare is normally with her foal — and she will circle Baby all the time to keep others away."
Earlier this week, it was reported that crisis was averted on a motorway near Peterborough when a stray foal was coaxed off the highway by its mother.
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