The holidays are imbued with wonder and surprise. Last year Jenni and Guy Benson, warm blood owners/breeders of Saratoga Studs in South Africa received a particularly special surprise. Jenni’s prize mare, Treliver D’Aquitaine, Daisy, was pregnant with her first foal. She was a week past her due date and anxiety levels were soaring.
Finally, Daisy went into labor. The Bensons raced to the stable in time to help a palomino colt into the world. He was quite small given Daisy’s size, nearly 18hh. But he was healthy and beautiful and that was all they had hoped for. As the Bensons fussed over the foal, Daisy seemed to go back into labor. She began pushing but would not lay down, she was too interested in her new baby. Concerned, Guy carefully reached inside to check the afterbirth, instead he felt two feet. Twins! The second foal was gently guided out falling into their arms. The little filly was tiny but breathing, a miracle. And she made it immediately clear to all that she was a determined individual. Within minutes she was standing and trying to nurse.
The precious gift of life was bestowed not once but twice, truly the best gift for any holiday. A year later the palomino colt, Saratoga Don Quixote and his cremello sister, Saratoga Duet thrive.
“They now spend every day out all day and stay side by side only going to mom for a drink but spending most of their days grazing together and meeting the new foals as much as the new mom would allow,” Jenni says. “They are both very happy little souls who have brought us such joy over the last few months, both very tame and enjoy human company and will be part of Saratoga forever. We consider them our miracle after a tough couple of years and they will never be for sale.”
Edited from the Following Sources: http://www.littlethings.com/daisy-twin-foals-miracle/, http://www.saratogastud.co.za/index.html
Photography Courtesy Saratoga Stud