Twist of Fate - "Twister"
A warmblood colt (thoroughbred/draft horse cross). Twister is a miracle colt!
Mama, Twister's mother, came to us after a double decker semi truck carrying 41 horses and one hinny wrecked on I-44 in Franklin County on September 27, 2006. The horses were being transported to a slaughter house in Illinois. Twenty-five horses and the hinny were saved. Mama was in one of the top compartments of the trailer (which was found lying on its side) standing over several dead horses. When she was rescued from the wrecked trailer, it was very obvious Mama was pregnant. We were concerned the baby would not survive such an ordeal. Fortunately, Mama continued her pregnancy and we all anxiously waited for the foal to be born. A healthy Twister arrived about 9 p.m. the night of April 18, 2007.
Responsible breeding by horse owners would reduce the number of unwanted horses and the excuse for horse slaughter.
Twist of Fate's birth (or foaling) happened without complications. He has continued to thrive and does not seem to have any lasting affects from the trailer wreck. Twister was successfully weaned from his mother at five months of age.
Twister will be de-wormed every 30 days until he is 2 or 3 years old. Then he will be de-wormed every 60 days. He will be vaccinated every six months to a year and have his hooved trimmed every 8-10 weeks. He is being fed good Brome grass hay and supplements as needed to support his growth.
Twister was a bit of a brat when he was with his mom, but since he has been weaned he is very quiet, well-mannered and loves attention. He lives in the barn and has a stall at night. Twister has been trained for riding by Longmeadow Rescue Ranch's Scott Jaycox.