Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania – The Laota Spring Farm knew their mare, Chaperona, was having a tough pregnancy. She required antibiotics and hormone treatment to continue carrying her foal. On October 17, owner Beaverlea Roye-Manderbach got the call she dreaded most: Chaperona was standing over a 6-week premature foal. She rushed to the stable, and found the little foal was not moving. “She had only been there for maybe an hour before we found her. Between her being a preemie and the cold morning, her odds didn’t look extremely good,” Roye-Manderbach. ” said.
Roye-Manderbach knew the foal needed emergency medical intervention, so she and her workers loaded Chaperona into a trailer and put the little foal in the backseat with warm bottles and blankets. She sat with the little foal, holding her little head and hoping for the best. Along the way, the foal started showing signs of life and began to try and suckle.
The foal, weighing only 29 lbs, was septic, her legs were ice cold, and her temperature didn’t even register on the thermometer. An xray showed the foals legs were full of cartilage where bone should be, she just wasn’t old enough. Roye-Manderbach knew she would try whatever it took to save the little filly. “I made the decision right then to try and save her. If they would have said her heart was not formed right, or her brain, or there was a serious physical problem with the baby, that would have been another decision.”
The first two weeks of the foal’s life, named Tamara Rose, were very hard for her. She had seizure, bed sores, and a host of other medical complications from being born so early.
Now, nearly a month after being born, Tamara Rose is doing well, wobbling on her little legs and crying when she hears the microwave warming her milk.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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