Nursemare Foals and the Love of Money
What would cause someone to bash a healthy foal in the head and toss them aside to die? That used to be a common fate for nursemare foals, a by-product of the Thoroughbred racing industry.
Thanks in large part to Victoria Goss, of the Last Chance Corral, many nursemare foals today have a chance at life.
For those who are unaware of this aspect of the racing industry, I’ll explain. For racing purposes, the birth date of all Thoroughbreds is considered to be January 1. The mares give birth early in the year and are re-bred soon after, in order to have another foal the following year.
Artificial insemination is not permitted by the Thoroughbred breed registry, therefore the mares must travel to the farm of the stallion. It would be too dangerous for the valuable Thoroughbred foal to travel with his mother, so the foal stays at the farm where he was born. That presents a dilemma of course—how does the very young foal survive?