A Sweet Photo Shows Mare Bonding with Orphaned Foal


Zindita and orphaned foal

Zindita lost her foal.

The retired show jumper’s baby was stillborn, and while veterinarian Dr. Patrick Brogan was able to help the mare recover from the complicated delivery, he told CTVNews.ca, “She was so sad, and such a sweet horse.”

Just two days later, Dr. Brogan learned of an orphaned filly. Her mother had died due to complications during foaling. With two complementary sad stories occurring so close together, the idea to try to put the mare and the orphaned foal together was an obvious next step.

Of course, it isn’t always so simple. Mares who have lost foals won’t necessarily take to a new foal. They can even become aggressive. And the filly had already experienced a challenging first few days of life without a mom.

The result was better than anyone could have hoped. Zindita immediately demonstrated a maternal bond with the new filly. And while the pair will be monitored closely for the first few days, all signs are positive.

“From the second she was there, she just fell in love with [the filly],” said Dr. Brogan.

From two sad stories comes one very happy relationship between a mare and foal, and a beautiful photo that captures their incredible bond.

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.



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