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Tilly Gives Birth to a Chestnut Filly

Posted on 13th March 2013 in Equine Management



We are delighted to announce that one of our Mares - Tilly - gave birth to a Chestnut Filly at 6:10am on Saturday morning.  Both mare and foal are doing well and the birth process was very quick.

Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students had been on ‘foal watch’ since the end of February, doing shifts of 3 hours in pairs.  Our Yard Manager had been checking on Tilly throughout the night as she had started to show signs from around 10pm that she was going to foal.  Two students were on foal watch when Tilly’s waters broke.  From this point it only took about 11 minutes from the feet appearing to the foal and placenta coming out!  This is Tilly’s second foal, her first being Kenco who is two years old this year.

The students are involved in the whole breeding process; they observe the initial mare and stallion swabs and the covering itself; preparing the mare and stallion for both.  They observe the mare during pregnancy scans and complete foal watch as part of their course.  The second year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students will then gain experience handling the foal as part of their yard duties.

Keeping with the Hadlow tradition we name our foals following the alphabet, rhyming with Hadlow and ending in ‘o’ e.g. Aero, Bravo, Cairo, Ditto.  We ask people to suggest names, this year the name will start with M.  View our Facebook page to find out the final name.

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