These Foals Are Too Adorable. So Thankful For People Who Rescue These Beautiful Babies

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June 15, 2017

 

I'm not sure there is anything more beautiful than a baby horse. I have always loved horses but a baby horse... is my favorite. They are simply stunning, how could someone not want a bunch of these beauties running around?!

Did you know: A foal is an infant up to a one-year-old; the term is used mainly for horses. More specific terms are colt for a male foal and filly for a female foal, used until the horse is three or four. When the foal is nursing from its dam (mother), it may also be called a "suckling". After it has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a "weanling". When a mare is pregnant, she is said to be "in foal". When the mare gives birth, she is "foaling", and the impending birth is usually stated as "to foal". A newborn horse is "foaled".

After a horse is one year old, it is no longer a foal and is a "yearling". There are no special age-related terms for young horses older than yearlings. When young horses reach breeding maturity, the terms change: a filly over three (four in horse racing) is called a mare, and a colt over three is called a stallion. A castrated male horse is called a gelding regardless of age.

Horse breeding is one of the fastest growing industries these days. It is a very profitable business. However, these beautiful baby foals are not reaping the benefits of this industry but they are suffering the consequences of mass breeding at the hands of the greedy. Since it is so lucrative, breeders do anything possible to produce as many foals as they can in a short amount of time.

That's where the 'nurse mare' comes in.  After giving birth, the nurse mares begins to produce milk. Then they are sent off to nurse the foals of highly-valued thoroughbred race horses.  Since the foals of the 'nurse mares' don't have the ability to race they are tossed out and left for dead. That's where Victoria Goss steps in. In 2008, she founded Last Chance Corral as a way to protect these vulnerable horses. She has been rescuing horses for the most of her life and was only 12 years old when she started. Click "NEXT PAGE" to read more and to watch the video...

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