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Lessons learned from a dummy foal (they steal your heart)

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  • Lessons learned from a dummy foal (they steal your heart)

    At almost four weeks, our HIE ("dummy") foal named "Chakra" has become a wonderful being. Full of life, completely fearless and completely normal! But she is also the most bonded to us foal that we have ever had. She is a total lovebug and completely accepting of everything about us. She still lives with her mother but has been introduced to the adult "herd," consisting of two other mares. They all love her too!

    last week (at three weeks of age), she took the final step towards normalcy and learned how to nurse on her mother! Completely unexpected!

    Anyway, for anyone interested or who wants to learn what is required to care for these foals -I put together a photo journal of our experiences:

    Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF

  • #2
    Thanks for sharing!
    The rebel in the grey shirt


    • #3
      What a heartwarming video.


      • #4
        Wonderful photo journal you put together. You did a really good job with that...

        We had a dummy foal...he was not as sick as yours. But trouble getting up...learning to nurse, etc. He had to go to the hospital for about 4 days. He will be 4 the 18th of this month...

        Below are the before and after pictures...

        An oh...the video I did of him after one month. I guess that one month marker is big for someone who has gone through this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6sZONFEA90
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        Last edited by EllenAspen; Jun. 6, 2012, 04:45 PM.

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          • #6
            That's a wonderful record of her life and, boy, she is so lucky to have been born into your family!


            • #7
              Originally posted by Cielo Azure View Post
              last week (at three weeks of age), she took the final step towards normalcy and learned how to nurse on her mother! Completely unexpected!
              YAY! I was wondering how that turned out but was too busy to search


              • #8
                Nice story. BIG FOAL.


                • #9
                  Beautiful foal. Looking forward to the next chapter.


                  • #10
                    Oh that was wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes ... beautiful!
                    We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


                    • #11
                      I had a dummy foal here this year, but not nearly as bad as yours. No traumatic birth or fescue, but the mare was fighting plancentitis the entire pregnancy so we think perhaps there was a partial detachment of the placenta resulting in only slight oxygen deprivation. He too was given DMSO (earning him the nickname "Stinky") and had a full recovery. It is not a death sentence anymore. Thanks for sharing your story and the wonderful video.

                      Damrock Farm


                      • #12
                        That was beautiful. She's gorgeous!! Kudos to you for being an amazing mommy and saving her life!!
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                        White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

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                        • #13
                          Awwww I am so glad it worked out!
                          Draumr Hesta Farm
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                          • #14
                            Thank you for sharing. It may not be a death sentence, but you still have to act... I get so frustrated at people who do nothing and just wait!!
                            So happy both these foals are happy and healthy!


                            • #15
                              Beautiful - - thank you for sharing this with us.
                              A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.


                              • #16
                                How heartwarming. Congrats on the fabulous success from all your hard work.

                                RIP "Rio" (BW-Clarion) 2000-2009. Bright Spirit, Brave Heart, Loving Soul. I'll love and miss you forever.


                                • #17
                                  What a challenge; and what a triumph! Well done. Loved the video and yes, HUGE foal!
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                                  • #18
                                    Thanks really appreciate what you posted


                                    • #19
                                      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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                                      • #20
                                        Oh yay, Jill! So happy she came around.
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