This is so great! I already have news and stories from Dream Equine Therapy Center about their Nurse Mare Foals who are our April Drop in the Bucket Fund the Heartbreak Kids.
(I case you missed the original post, it is linked here.)
To review, in short, a nurse mare foal is the by-product of creating a nurse mare. A nurse mare is an equine wet nurse. Nurse mares are needed to nurse foals whose very valuable natural mother has been taken away to be re-bred. The valuable mare’s “more valuable” foal is moved onto the nurse mare. The original foal of the nurse mare is outta luck.
DETC is a non-profit equine rescue that has stepped up to rescue and adopt out as many of these babies as they can house/purchase. So, the April Bucket Fund is helping DETC with their efforts for the Heartbreak Kids.
The Director of DETC was able to round up a group of professional photographer (Charlotte Wildlife Photography Group) to take their chances at capturing those once in a lifetime images via a large group of baby horses. The plan was to gather marketing photos for the adoption process and other print/internet mediums.
This gathering of the lenses happened on Sunday. Can you imagine the awe and bumfuddlement of the non-horsey photogs during the beginning of the session?! Imagine hanging on a fence just a few feet away from adorable, fledgling, wouldn’t make it without a human, orphaned baby animals. And, to know that the reason all these babies were before them was because humans had ripped them away their mothers, before they had any chance of surviving on their own.
Inevitably, the babies stole the photogs’ hearts – not just for their adorable babyness, but because their existence was such a tragic human decision.
There was a huge emptiness. It permeated the air. Yes, these babies were safe and going to survive — but it was obvious to all that inside these tiny horsey hearts, they were missing what Mother Nature had intended for them at this age – their dams.
One of the photographers said it best… “As people were preparing to leave, everyone had a similar look on their face…heartbreak…which was an emotion that most of the foals had in their eyes. It was important to remind everyone that time was of the essence to have photographs ready to assist in adoptions and rally everyone to work together to find homes for the foals.”
I think these kind photographers caught some lovely images and I hope and pray that every one of these adorable and deserving foals finds a loving and forever home.
If you would like to adopt one of these lovelies, all the photos and descriptions plus the application are here!
HERE WE GO!
IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP SUPPORT THIS GROUP OF BABIES, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
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