I was too late. The deceased mare
lay in her stall and a bewildered
little palomino foal was trying
to nurse. The devastated owners
told the story over and over and
all I could do after examining the
mare was reassure them that it was
unlikely that anyone could have
saved her. When the uterine artery
ruptures, the internal hemorrhage is
often rapidly fatal.
We restrained the little foal and I
examined him and gently passed a
nasogastric tube, feeding him all of
the thawed colostrum I’d brought.
The owner was able to milk the
deceased mare and collect 12 more
ounces of thick yellow milk to feed
the foal in two hours. He’d have to
be raised on powdered mare’s milk
replacer formula until we could work
out a longer-term solution for him.
I have a good network of veterinary
colleagues, and when one of us is
in an orphan foal situation, often
someone else will know of a mare
that recently lost a young foal so we
can try to match the two. It doesn’t
always work, but with patience, it
Sadly, we were not able to find a
match for our orphan, and the only
alternative was to try to raise him
on the farm. The owners agreed to
do their best, and they named him
Our first order of business was to
teach Tristan to drink from a pan
on the ground. Long-term bottle
feeding isn’t good for orphan foals,
as they become too dependent on
humans for food and can become
extremely dangerous when they
Soon Tristan was drinking readily
from the pan, and he was paired with
a very patient and very fat miniature
donkey named Priscilla, who would
become his surrogate mother.
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