Social Media Plays Matchmaker for Mares and Orphan Foals

Every year horse owners across the United States and Canada whose mares have lost foals or whose foals have been orphaned turn to Facebook to connect with one another.

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Social Media Plays Matchmaker for Mares and Orphan Foals
While orphan foals can eat by other means, Dr. Espy believes they benefit most from connecting with nurse mares. | Photo: iStock

Last year when birthing complications took the life of her mare, Nora Garza Uribe urgently needed a nurse mare for her newborn filly. So she turned to Facebook.

“It’s a scary thing when you find yourself with a helpless baby,” she said. “I bottle fed the foal every four hours, and someone was with her 24/7, but it wasn’t the same—she needed a mare.”

Now a year later, the filly, Xena, is thriving

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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