Jenni is the owner and founder of Saratoga Stud in South Africa. She’s a passionate horse lover, breeder, rider and caretaker. In November of 2014, Jenni’s world lit up with joy when one of her most beloved mares named Daisy became pregnant with her first foal.
Daisy was seven days past her due date when Jenni and her co-worker Guy were called up to the stables by their night watch, saying she was in labor. They made it just in time to help Daisy’s beautiful palomino colt, Don Quixote, into the world. They were a bit surprised at his smallish size considering Daisy is such a big horse, but were thrilled with his beauty nonetheless.
Suddenly, Jenni’s dogs began to bark uncontrollably. When she and Guy went to inspect the afterbirth, they made a shocking discovery. Jenni felt a pair of feet inside of Daisy. She was in labor… again… and this time, the foal was in breech position.
The new mom laid down to push, but once she saw Don Quixote standing up, she was more interested in him than pushing out another baby.
The next few minutes were absolutely crucial, as the chance of having two live, healthy foals is slim-to-none.
Miraculously, the filly’s heart was beating. Duet, small yet mighty, was ready to stand within minutes.
“They now spend every day out all day and stay side by side only going to mom for a drink but spending most of their days grazing together and meeting the new foals as much as the new mom would allow,” Jenni says. “They are both very happy little souls who have brought us such joy over the last few months, both very tame and enjoy human company and will be part of Saratoga forever. We consider them our miracle after a tough couple of years and they will never be for sale.”
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