'Born to Die' Documentary Exposes Plight of Nurse Mare Foals

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Among the horse breeding industry lies a dark secret: the plight of the nurse mare foals. A new documentary brings it to light. 

Have you ever heard of a nurse mare foal? Unless you're an avid horseperson or are highly involved in the equine breeding industry, you may not be aware about nurse mares. The truth is, nurse mare foals are born every year, but they're separated from their mothers immediately after birth. After giving birth, the nurse mares begin to produce milk. They're then sent off to nurse the foals of highly-valued broodmares, like Thoroughbreds, so these highly valued mares can be bred again.

The problem is, this practice leads to many foals without mothers. These foals have no way to nurse, no way to learn how to be horses, and no one to care for them. Without mothers, foals require specialized care in order to help them survive. And that's where Last Chance Corral comes in.

Check out this video to learn more.

Victoria Gross founded Last Chance Corral. Located in South Athens, Ohio, Last Chance Corral takes in these nurse mare foals and gives them the care that they need. Once the foals are stabilized, they're made available for adoption. Last Chance Corral gives these foals a second chance at life; without this care, the foals likely wouldn't survive.

"Born to Die" is a new documentary which will focus on Last Chance Corral and the plight of nurse mare foals. We can't wait to see it once it's released.

Want to learn more about Last Chance Corral? Be sure to check out their website for more information on nurse mare foals and how you can adopt foals and support the rescue. You can also contribute to the making of this documentary here on Kickstarter.

Thoughts on nurse mares? Tell us about what you think in the comments below. 

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'Born to Die' Documentary Exposes Plight of Nurse Mare Foals