Belton Farmer Finds Extra Horse in Pasture

In early January a gentleman in the Belton area called to say that he awoke a few days ago and found three horses in his field instead of two. He spent a few days trying to find the owner, with no success, and wanted PEARL to come pick up the horse. He agreed to take care of the horse until the Sheriff's Department could investigate.

We called the Anderson County Sheriff's Department to report an abandoned horse. They sent a Deputy to investigate, then called us to pick up the horse.

On January 14 we picked up the horse and transported her to a rehabilitation facility. That same afternoon Dr. Keith Stafford examined the mare. She is a black Tennessee Walking horse with a white star and snip on her face, about 18-20 years old. He scored her at 2.5 on the Henneke Body Scoring System. He noted that she needed her teeth floated and was showing mild signs of colic. He prescribed a refeeding program and a deworming schedule.

The mare continued to show signs of colic, so an emergency call was made to Dr. Alice Beretta. She began to treat her for colic, but when she began to palpate her to check for blockages, Dr. Beretta discovered an almost full-term foal.

The following day Dr. Stafford followed up and prescribed that the mare be kept separate from any other horses and not be allowed to eat any fescue grass or hay. He also said that because we don't know if the mare had any of the normal innoculations during her pregnancy, everyone should wash their hands and shoes before handling the mare, to prevent any diseases infecting the mare and foal. He also said that if the mare is not lactating when the foal is born, then feed the foal rewarmed frozen colostrum, and start the mare on Domperidone to stimulate lactation.

If anyone recognizes this horse please call us at (864) 287-9939 so we can find out the breeding date and any other medical information you might have. Your call will be kept anonymous if you wish.