Nurse mare foals are the by-product of an industry that supplies lactating mares, or “nurse mares,” to foals whose natural parents have been lost, or taken away from their babies for commercial reasons, such as rebreeding. The natural foals of the nurse mares are expensive to raise by hand, and having little value, they are sometimes left to fend for themselves or die.
These foals may be very young when they lose their moms, even days or weeks old. They are often draft crosses, but they can be any breed or mixture of breeds. They are all in need of loving homes to replace the mamas they have lost, but with proper care, they will blossom into wonderful companions, riding horses and even sport horses.
The White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue works to find homes for nurse mare foals. If you have foal experience and a big heart, we want to hear from you! Nurse mare foal adopters should be located in the central Virginia area, have skill in working with foals, adequate facilities to house them, and good veterinary references. The normal adoption requirements will apply.