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Vaulcluse20 is confident and decisive

Vaulcluse
April 3rd, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: "At a week old, Vaulcluse20 has such an independent air about her and has such a decisive attitude. Just walking by her mom, she holds her head up high and ears straight ahead, like she knows exactly where she's going. And when she's tired, she doesn't mess around about making a show about trying to lay down. She simply decides she's tired and just...lays down. She doesn't worry like the others if her mom wonders off a little too far.

She is having a great time and has adjusted really well in her new barn, and has even gotten a paddock buddy, a filly named Courtisane20. They aren't exactly friends yet, as they were just turned out together, but I'm sure in a couple of weeks they'll be running and playing around with each other."

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Photo courtesy of Gainesway Farm

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Vaulcluse20 is turned out

Vaulcluse
March 30th, 2020

This past weekend, Vaulcluse and her filly were turned out together in a paddock. The farm staff wanted to turn out the filly before the farrier came to work on her leg brace on Saturday. The staff fillmed a few snippets and they were side-by-side most of the time.

Below is a video of Vaulcluse20 trying out those long legs in her little paddock for the first time.

They will be moving into a new barn and paddock over the next few days. The camera team will be working to reset/relocate the cameras so stay tuned! 

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Photo courtesy of Gainesway Farm

Vaulcluse'20 can nurse and has a new corrective leg brace

Vaulcluse
March 27th, 2020

Vaulcluse and her filly are doing very well at Gainesway Farm. The milk of the mare is clear and healthy for her foal to drink so, her muzzle was removed. Together, they were turned out for a few hours today.  Our camera team will be working to relocate/adjust camera location as their new schedule solidifies.

Vaulcluse20 has a contracted tendon in her right hind leg. The farm team at Gainesway has placed a corrective brace on it to assist in stretching it out. Below the video (it does not have sound) shows how the farrier replaces it. He is trying to stretch the tendon by putting a cast on the back of the leg. He is replacing the brace he put on yesterday because each brace is set at a different angle, slowly stretching the tendon to the correct angle. He will then leave a brace on her leg until it gets strong enough to stay at the correct angle on its own which can take 3 or 4 days. The filly is sedated while they put on a new brace. This keeps her still so the brace fits better. 

An additional video shares the materials used to build the brace.

Have a good weekend and thanks for following! 

 

Vaulcluse20 is bottle feeding

Vaulcluse
March 26th, 2020

Last night, Vaulcluse20 developed some minor colic. The farm staff at Gainesway believe it’s from her big appetite and possibly too much milk. The farm team gave her some medication called banamine to alleviate pain. She is doing better today. Below is a great video talking more indepth about the steps taken to get the filly accustomed to drinking a bottle so that she can easily transition to nursing when the mare is stripped of her colostrum. 

Thank you for your continued viewership. As always, please contact us with any questions regarding Foal Patrol. Thank you for following.

Vaulcluse20 receives a supportive leg brace

Vaulcluse
March 25th, 2020

Vaulcluse'20 had a more supportive brace added to her leg this afternoon. This was put on by a specialist to assist in building muscle tone and strength. 

The farm also tested Vaulcluse's milk to check that the colostrum was cleared out and it is still present. Therefore, they have decided to keep the muzzle on the foal through the night. This will prevent her from nursing as the mare's colostrum has antibodies that can harm the filly. See the previous post for more information.

Otherwise, both mare and filly are doing great and bonding well. Thank you for following foal patrol.

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Photo courtesy of Gainesway Farm

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