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Bridging The Gap Between Orphan Foals & Mums
Three Bridges Stud in Victoria has released a heartwarming video that focuses on Johnny, an orphaned thoroughbred foal. Provided with critical colostrum (for life saving antibodies) in the first 24 hours after birth, Johnny's foster mum is a mare that has been induced via hormones to lactate. Once the initial milk has been milked from the udder, the mare (who has had her own foals before) naturally lactates, to the joy of the foal, and there's a bonding process between mum and bub that's quickly apparent. The process is different because the foster mare doesn't need to be pregnant at any stage.