STAFF at a Blackpool farm got a pleasant surprise when they were greeted with a pair of new foals from two different mares.
The two new mothers, Thistle and Tiggy, were taken in by the World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm in Marton at the end of last year as part of a welfare case from Yorkshire.
They were undernourished and very thin.
But now they look a picture of health with their new foals – Ralph and Ruby, whose names were chosen after suggestions by visitors were drawn from a hat.
Zoe Clifford, Penny Farm’s visitor officer, said: “Karen our yard supervisor had been doing late checks on Thursday night and found that one of our pregnant mares had foaled in the early evening.
“However, when we arrived the following morning a second mare from the group had also given birth, so we have two foals – one filly and one colt.”
A World Horse Welfare field officer had worked with the horses’ owner for some time to try to improve the conditions in which the animals were being kept before they were eventually taken into the charity’s care.
Now nursed back to full health, Thistle and Tiggy can take good care of their new arrivals, which were born on Friday, March 22.
Visitors can meet the foals during a fun day at the Preston New Road Farm between 11am and 4pm on April 10.
The event will give visitors a chance to get involved in groom a pony sessions, face painting, and a bouncy castle.