In the space of four days, I have come encountered 2 foals in trouble in the same location.
At the start of the week I came across a foal with respiritory problems. A pretty foal but really struggling to breathe, which meant she could'nt suckle. The mare was oblivious to her babies' plight of course. I called the adgester, who contacted the owner. Sadly trying to load up, the foal died, obviously a birth defect. soo sad.
This morning whilst out for our walk ( me & my lovely lurcher) we came across a newborn that thought a particular mare was her mum, however the mare had other ideas. Every time the foal tried to suckle, the mare kicked her. The mare really did'nt look as if she'd just foaled , but saw off any other interested parties. So, what was going on?? She did'nt have milk to speak of, but the baby was desperate to feed. At this point I contacted the adgester, who came out & felt that the uninterested mare was the mum. He was going to contact the owner, so I can't say what the outcome. was.
But it makes me wonder what happens to ponies, not just at this time of year,with foaling etc, but in general, coping in the areas that are way off the routes of watchful eyes. I hope things are resolved for the dear newborn I found today........