Double Trouble Twin Foals

Canary diamonds, four leaf clovers, and $2 bills. You don’t come across them every day. Something just as rare is out at Red Rock right now. It happens less than 1% of the time in pregnant horses.

Courtesy Greta Anderson

RENO, NV - For the past six weeks Barbie, the registered Paint, has been doing double time.

Greta Anderson: “We just kept waiting and not understanding why it was that she hadn't delivered,” says Greta Anderson Barbie’s owner.

But there was a reason the mare went past her due date. Unknown to everyone she was carrying twins.

“Looked at the foal up against Barbie and just couldn't understand why is the foal so small? And than in the corner of my eye, I saw something rising and falling, rising and falling, second baby that was too weak too small to stand. And all I could say was, “oh my lord we have twins,” says Greta.

Not only is it rare for a horse to carry twins, its even rarer both twins to survive. But Greta says Peanut is a survivor.

“Peanut was in a separate stall at the Large Animal Hospital in Chilcoot. She was next to her mom and sister’s stall. We had her laid out on a heating pad, on top of a mattress with a blanket over her receiving various I.V.S,” says Greta.

That was six weeks ago, these days Peanut and her sister Pumpkin spend their days and nights with mom, and a surrogate mother Greta who can't believe her good fortune.

For now Peanut’s future is as open and wide as the range out here in Red Rock. Greta says even if she stays a peanut she could be a children's horse, or she may just stay Greta's pet.


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