Last week, this story came to my attention. I was heartsick and sent out messages over our FB feed to find an orphaned baby for this mare who lost her new foal.
Almost immediately, there was another post on this story feed about maybe finding a local orphaned mustang foal whose mother was sent to slaughter.
Would they bond?
The next posts were about trying to introduce the pair successfully.
And then the very joyous post of Bailey’s first nursing event.
Below are the first through most recent (as of this writing) posts about the mother, Worm, and Bailey. To read for yourself and follow their updates, click here.
A TRAGEDY TURNED TO BLESSING.
Our mare had a foal last night and she didn’t make it. If anyone knows of someone in need of a nurse mare or colostrum let me know. ? update: We are also willing to adopt an orphan foal for her to raise. If anyone knows of one please let us know! Located in Woodburn, Oregon but willing to travel! Thank you ?
Update #2- We found a Warm Springs Wild Mustang foal thanks to everyone who shared and she started nursing today!
Follow along on their journey at:
Last night our mare Worm continued standing guard over her lost foal. My heart breaks for her ?. The love between a mother and child is insurmountable! 3 Sisters Equine Refuge in Sisters, Oregon is blessing us with a baby wild mustang foal. We are leaving soon to pick her up and bring her home ? We will keep everyone posted!!!
The introduction update!
My apologies for the delay! I want to start out by thanking every single person who shared, commented, and messaged me trying to find a foal for our grieving mare and offering support ? Worm found her new foal today because of all of YOU coming together to help us locate a baby!!!! We spent 7 hours on the road today bringing this very special foal Bailey, home to Worm! Bailey is a 5 week old Warm Springs Wild Mustang who lost her mother in one of the roundups and then her mother was sent to slaughter ? She was one of the babies fortunate enough to have 3 Sisters Equine Refuge step in and save her! She has a strong urge to nurse and longed for a mother again. Bailey and Worm are now together, helping each other heal! I will post more pictures tomorrow and keep everyone updated?
An uplifting update after a very sad day… things are on the mend.
Following her new Mom around the barn! She’s not nursing yet but I’m milking Worm and introducing it to her with her milk pellets and a little grain ? if I haven’t responded to you via messenger I will! Taking a little time to make it through everyone’s amazing messages ????? Thank you! Also a special thank you to 3 Sisters Equine Refuge! What a wonderful place providing love to all the horses in need!
Another update! Meeting new family friends…
Bailey out meeting her new family members
I can’t see if she has nursed… but I guess they are getting along…
Mother like daughter! These two were made for each other ?
Bailey is wanting to nurse but has not latched on fully yet! Worm is being patient. ?
Worm and Bailey finally have their own page for everyone to follow-along on their journey! I’m still making my way through messages and comments. We’ve been trying everyone’s suggestions on how to unite a mare and a new foal. Bailey almost started to nurse last night and Worm is starting to independently spray milk for the first time since her foal passed. Please share their page so everyone can share in their joy!!! Thank you!
SO I WENT TO THE NEW PAGE SET UP FOR MAMA AND BABY – WORM AND BAILEY – SO WE COULD ALL FOLLOW THEIR PROGRESS
We are feeding baby under Mom now. A equine surgeon from Canada messaged us and said to start getting our fingers moist with her milk and have her suck on them. Then move our fingers under Worm and close to her milk bag and baby will eventually latch on! We are going to try that today!
Checking out the pigs ? ?
Bailey? & Worm?
First time nursing on her own ?
Worm’s teaching Bailey the proper way to take a nap ? ?
This little filly! She prefers rock or hard dirt to sleep in versus a padded stall. Must be the wild horse in her!!?!!
As soon as Worm gets ready to head out, Bailey steps in for some milk ????