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This is a test. As you’ll find out, it’s a test in more ways than one.

For the next few weeks, I would like to share a little bit of my life with you. It’s a story that you won’t find in a veterinary text, but I think it might help save a few foals’ lives. In Spring 2007, the excitement and joy of a newly-arrived foal turned into the heartbreak and struggle of watching the helpless little filly get rejected by her mom. But the story doesn’t end there–in fact, that’s only the beginning. Have you ever heard of inducing lactation in a mare that doesn’t have a foal? The idea seemed sort of crazy to me. Have you ever bottle-raised a baby on milk-replacement formula? Do you know about nurse mares and nannies, and the bond between a mare and her foal?

What you’re reading is a little different from the award-winning news and features that you’ve always found on TheHorse.com. There will be several in-text links to topical articles–if you haven’t already done so, get your free registration now for full access to all online articles. I’ll be updating this section periodically–about twice per week–for a while, and will let you know how the filly is developing, and how this little test turns out. I can’t guarantee a happy ending–success or failure hasn’t yet been determined. But I hope that it will be informative and will introduce you to a few new ideas.

Editor’s Note: Now that this blog is archived, please make sure to start at the beginning to follow this unique, award-winning story

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