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How To Make Lemonade

Sonoma County, CA. ~ You all have heard this before “when life hands you lemons, you go make lemonade”, a slightly sarcastic saying to deal with t hings when they do not go your way. It be-

gan with the joy of two new foals en- tering the world...a long hoped for colt out of the 18.1 hand black Clydes- dale mare Nakita and a filly out of a little 14.1 hands Quarter Horse reining mare Whiz Ms

Dolly. Within the horse world

there are many differ- ent disciplines and the boundaries between them are seldom crossed. The fol-

lowi ng events resul ted from a double tragedy and the willing - ness of strangers to help each an-

other……. a stillborn foal and the death of a mare right af- ter foaling. The first phone call

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regarding the Clydes- dale from the Veterinar- ian Clinic came at 8pm on April 9. “I wanted to let you know that your mare Nakita gave birth to a healthy colt …....he is up and has already nursed once. If you want to come see them to- night we will make an exception to the nor- mal visiting hours”. Carl and Kirsten Absher, the proud owners of Nakita and the newborn baby Clydesdale, lived 40 minutes away in Shingle Springs California. They wasted no time in mak- ing the trip to the clinic to meet the new arrival.

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the second call came in at 4am. The mare was down with complica- tions, but because she had been under obser- vation as was the clinic protocol, they caught it immediately. A third and then a fourth call came

in to inform the stunned owners, that at 4:19 am, April 10, their mare had died.

Not wanting the risks

of raising a foal without a mother, the owners, Carl and Kirsten Ab- sher reached out to their friend Shamarie Tong for help in locating a nurse mare.

That same morning,

130 miles away in Santa Rosa, Britta’s quarter horse mare, Whiz Ms Dolly, gave birth to a stillborn filly. Having bred and raised her own competition horses for many years and having been in the situation of raising an orphaned foal herself many years ago, Britta knew that her loss could benefit someone else. While still monitoring the mare with her veter- inarian, she immediately posted on Facebook

that she had a nurse mare available. Through friends and intermediaries on Face- book, including Shama- rie Tong, who posted that her friends lost a mare and were hoping to find a nurse mare, and Ryan Fowler of Skyline Silversmiths (the first one to connect the two posts), Britta was made aware of the orphaned foal. She wasted no time in calling. Kirsten laughs when

she recalls that phone call. “Hi, this is Britta Jacobson of Bennett Valley Ranch. My mare just had a still born foal this morning and if you want a nurse mare, I suggest you pack up your foal right now and get down here. We have saved the placenta to help introduce your foal to my mare” It sounded

continued on page 17 “Things work out the way they’re meant to” ~ Danielle Steel

Summer GUIDE 2020 by BRITTA JACOBSON ~ Photos by John O’Hara

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