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Surviving twin filly doing well

Horse attempting to beat the odds with helping hand from human friends

Surviving twin filly doing well

Surviving twin filly doing well


She is feisty. She is healthy. She is beating the odds. The surviving twin American Quarter Horse foal born in Claxton last month is full of life and mischief, and living up to her name, Victorious.
When Beth Dillard’s mare Vicki began foaling about three weeks ago, Dillard was at first excited to discover twins. However, her friend Melissa Anderson was concerned. Only one on 10,000 horse pregnancies end in twins, and only nine percent of those twins live, she said.
And, in this case, the mare didn’t survive. Dillard’s buckskin mare Vicki ruptured during birth and she died, Anderson said. This left two foals in danger. “We milked her for the colostrum and then put her down.”
Then, the frantic search for nurse mares began. A Facebook page pled for help, and soon offers came pouring in.
However, some options did not work. A lactating donkey could not help the foals, and a nurse mare for the weaker foal, a cremello (light golden color) filly named Grace, “dried up” and stopped producing milk. The foal died March 1.
“Sadly, our little (cremello) filly has passed,”Dillard posted on the Facebook page.  “She passed in my husband's lap, shortly before she passed her little sister came right up to Don (my husband) and licked his nose. As if to say "it's alright I'm still here."
However, the buckskin filly named after her own mother is doing fine, Anderson said.
Diane Clark of Ellabell offered her quarter horse mare, Ruby's Two Impressive, who has a six month old foal of her own. Victorious is doing quite well with Ruby as her surrogate mother, and the interesting fact is, Ruby was herself a twin, she said.
Dillard posted videos of Victorious on the page, showing the filly’s energy and spunk. One video shows her bucking and playing after having a foal blanket placed on her to keep her warm.
“She’s always like that,” Anderson said. “She’s full of herself, like her mother. Vicki was a spitfire.”
The foal still needs attention and is under the care of Edisto Equine Clinic's vet Reese Myran.
There is still a need for special feed for Ruby, who has nursed two foals in succession, as well as for  the filly who is beginning to nibble out of Ruby’s feed pan.
Anderson’s General Store in Statesboro is helping with  the effort, and for every six bags of Mare and Foal feed purchased for Ruby, they give Dillard free feed, Anderson said.
For more information or to help, contact Anderson at (912) 314-0625.
 
 
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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