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Medaglia d'Oro - Daydreaming, By A.P. Indy

Phipps Stable

Owner

Tour of Duty

Foal

Born 5:50 am on 1/19/2018

Foaling Date

Claiborne Farm

Farm

Tour Of Duty - We're Watching You!

Sabbatical
July 2nd, 2018

Earlier today a Foal Patrol Fan noticed on the live feed that Tour of Duty was “cast” in his stall, and she reached out to us.

Thank you for letting us know!  

We immediately called the farm and within minutes, the farm manager went into the stall and pulled Tour of Duty from the wall.

Fortunately, Tour of Duty was not stressed out and seemed fairly nonchalant about the entire situation.

A horse is said to be “cast” when it gets stuck on its back or side and can’t get its feet under it to stand up again.

This is a screenshot of what the fan saw.

Tour Of Duty, Such A Boy!

Sabbatical
July 2nd, 2018

It's hard to believe Tour Of Duty is almost seven months old!  Soon, he will be weaned from his mother and will start training for his future.  It's going to be so much fun following him...our first Foal Patrol baby!

ZZZZZzzz...

Sabbatical
June 20th, 2018

The weather has changed and so has the schedule for the foals.  Most of the foals are now out in a paddock or a field all night, coming into the stall early in the morning for a couple hours. We’ve gotten a lot of comments from Foal Patrol fans who find it amusing to watch the foals come in and literally collapse in the stall!  Clearly, they’re in need of some rest!

Foals will eventually learn to sleep standing, as their mother’s do.

So, how does a horse sleep standing up? 

By design – a clever one at that-- the horse’s leg is a system of tendons and ligaments that work together with the kneecap. Animal experts call this the "stay apparatus” – it allows them to relax without collapsing.  At any time, a horse needs only to relax the muscles on his front legs, and the stay apparatus will kick in. For the back legs, a horse must rotate its hips to activate the built-in locking mechanism. 
 

Horses may spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and from a few minutes to several hours lying down.

Sweet dreams Foal Patrol foals!

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