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The live camera feeds will be available according to each of the horses' daily schedules, listed below their overview. Live footage will extend as the mares get closer to their expected foaling date.

It's a Filly!

Vaulcluse

A.P. Indy - Betty's Pet, By Dehere

Antony Beck

Owner

War Front

Bred To

Born at 9:36p.m. on March 24 2020

Foaling Date

Gainesway Farm

Farm

Vaulcluse and filly have clear bill of health

Vaulcluse
March 25th, 2020

Vaulcluse and filly are having a great first morning together. They were both checked out by a veternarian and given the all clear. The filly received plasma via IV which will help to protect her immunity in the early days. The vet then took a sample of blood to make sure she is healthy inside as well as out. Like human babies, the foals cannot communicate if anything doesn’t feel right, so we have to look at their blood work to stay on top of things. If something is wrong, they can go down hill in a hurry, so we always take every precaution to stay one step ahead. 

After a physical examination, the foal was found to have a slightly contracted hind ankle, so she will be getting a bandage on it later this morning.

The farm staff hopes Vaulcluse'20 will be able to nurse from her mom by this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Weather and camera schedule

Vaulcluse
May 8th, 2020

Kentucky is due to have some cold weather this weekend so Vaulcluse and her filly will be in the stall most of the weekend. We are working to switch the cameras accordingly. 

Vaulcluse20 loves the big field and playing with her pasture buddies

Vaulcluse
May 8th, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: Vaulcluse, her filly, and her pasture buddy Courtisane20 have been moved into a bigger field with more horses. Since the weather has turned more spring like, Vaulcluse20 and all her new friends now go out in the evenings to enjoy more time outside. Gainesway Farm is a firm believer in the more time a baby foal spends outside, the better. However, a baby foal also needs to learn how to deal with people. So, every morning, they are all brought in to be looked over, groomed and have their feet picked. This will be their daily life from now until they are moved to our other part of the farm to start their life as a yearling.

Vaulcluse20 still prefers to hang out with her old pasture buddy, and they love the new field they are in. There is a fenced in area they like to play around. Below they were playing sneak and peek. Enjoy the video.

Vaulcluse20 grooming routine

Vaulcluse
April 14th, 2020

From Gainesway Farm: 

Vaulcluse and her filly are doing well. The team at Gainesway is working with Vaulcluse20 on her daily grooming routine. She's still a little unsure about standing still and walking without her mom, but over time she will stand still, and happily walk around without mom being by her side. Mom will also get better about her being out of the stall without her.

The handler starts by having the baby stand in front of the stall so mom and baby can see each other. Then, he will go over the foal's entire body with a soft brush trying to make contact with all the parts of the foal. This helps the foal to get comfortable being touched and not be afraid of people touching in places that maybe the mom may not. Next, he will pick up each foot and even if there is nothing there, he will rub on the foot, tap it, make scraping noises to again desensitize the foal to something that just doesn't happen to it naturally. Finally, he will teach the foal to walk up and down the shed row. This whole process takes a little less than 5 minutes. Right now, that's completely fine as foals at this age have a very small attention span. 

We need them to be comfortable about being outside their stall so we can do individual work on them like trimming their feet, or vet work like taking xrays. Soon, she will learn to stand for getting sprayed off with fly spray and getting a bath. This is all done almost everyday to all our foals to ensure they get comfortable with this routine.  Watch the video below of Vaulcluse20 being groomed by her handler. 

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