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 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 begin to produce milk. Then they are sent off to nurse the foals of highly-valued thoroughbred racehorses. 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 most of her life and was only 12 years old when she started.
Once the foals are healthy, they’re made available for adoption. Last Chance Corral gives these foals a chance at a new life and we are so thankful they do!! Watch this documentary, below, and click the link, above, if you are interested in adopting a foal. I want every single one of these beautiful babies! I find them simply irresistible!