When a racehorse foal needs extra care, his owner does everything necessary, including bringing the horse into his own house.
Eddie Bayeh, a first-time racehorse owner, is having quite the adventure of a breeding season. The first foal born to Bayeh's Hill Farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, was stillborn. The second racehorse foal seemed to be doing fine, until his mother rejected him on the second day. The mare kicked the foal, and Bayeh had to scramble to get the foal a ride to a clinic in Ohio for observation.
Bayeh had such a hard time finding a trailer that he ultimately called a farm worker with a mini van, loaded the foal into the back of the van, and headed out.
The good news is that the foal turned out to be fine - he was treated for diarrhea and recovered - but by the time he was ready to go home, a major snowstorm was approaching the area. Bayeh had a foal who couldn't be put back out with his mother, and who needed special, attentive care as a result. Plus, the foal had just had a rough bout of diarrhea.
Bayeh didn't want the racehorse foal out in the barn alone, where temperatures would drop dramatically because of the storm. So, he brought the foal into the house. Bayeh put a tarp over the floors and walls of a spare bedroom on his home's first floor. Then he put down a thick bed of straw and used baby gates to close off the doorways. The foal lived inside for the storm, and one of the farm's staff members was with him 24 hours a day. The foal needed to be given antibiotics, fluids, and milk replacer every two hours.
That's not the end of the adventure for Bayeh - his three other mares are expected to give birth to their foals any day now. But Bayeh's already proven himself a true horseman, willing to do absolutely anything that his young foal needed in order to survive. A horse in the house? It's no problem when you have Bayeh's creativity and dedication.
As for the foal? He's doing just fine, and he's not for sale. Bayeh's applied for Jockey Club names for the foal, and among the top choices are Rough Start and Rocky Start. How appropriate.
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