New life for foal
She’s named Sandra D and was born under unusual circumstances one Saturday night just over a fortnight ago.
Her mother Freyer passed away shortly after her birth and the fledgling foal was found running around her stall in a frantic state.
Owners Peter Williams and Sally Evans, who live near Ballina, feared that Sandra D’s young life was also in danger without a mother to feed and look after her.
“When we found her she was in a panic, she did not know what was happening,” Sally said.
“My husband and I went to her and we tried to calm her down. She was very happy to have us with her, but she was very thirsty, so Peter had to milk the mare and he then had to teach the 10-hour-old foal how to drink from the bottle.”
The couple were advised by a vet to try and find a surrogate mare, and did manage to find one that had recently lost her foal.
But despite their best efforts, Sandra D refused to take the mare’s milk and Peter effectively became the foal’s surrogate mother.
“We were feeding her every two hours and she adored Peter,” Sally said.
“He was her surrogate mum as far as she was concerned.
“Every day they would go for a run together in the paddock, it was very cute.
“Peter comes home from work and she is waiting for him to have a play.”
The vets warned that in the first few days of her life, they could lose Sandra D if she got listless.
“But she never even looked like doing this, she just stayed so happy and is growing stronger every day,” Sally said.
Sandra D’s father is A’seduction, a successful dressage stallion, who has been on state and national squads and he is about to go Grand Prix in dressage next year.
Her mother, Freyer, was also very good at dressage and competed in Sydney and last weekend her full brother won the supreme warmblood exhibit at the Bangalow Show.