Corolla Wild Horse Fund announces the death of Elsa, the herd’s newest foal

By on June 4, 2024

(Photo credit: Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted this sad news on the evening of Tuesday, June 4

Late this afternoon we made the sad but necessary decision to humanely euthanize the herd’s newest foal, a filly born Sunday morning named Elsa.

On Sunday when Elsa was first seen, besides being on the small side she seemed to be in decent health. She was observed nursing and was seen multiple times yesterday as well. However, this morning when one of our staff came across Elsa’s mother and two-year-old sister, she was not with them. After a quick search, the foal was located out on the beach with a different harem about a half mile away. She was with a mare who was being very protective and even letting her try to nurse, but obviously Elsa was not getting any nourishment and could not be left with her.

After touching base with our vet, we decided to try and grab Elsa and take her back over to her mother to see if they could be successfully reunited. We were able to catch her and get her into the truck, but once we had our hands on her we could tell she was in very bad shape. After another conversation with the vet, and also after learning that her mother had been seen kicking at her on Sunday, we decided to forego trying to reunite them and brought Elsa directly to the farm so she could be seen by the vet.

Blood tests revealed that Elsa did not receive any colostrum, so either her mother was not producing it or Elsa was not successfully nursing. She also had pneumonia, was severely dehydrated, and while we don’t think she was truly premature, she was definitely dysmature. She was very sick. It became clear why Elsa’s mother had rejected her – she most likely sensed that Elsa was not going to survive.

Elsa was already fading quickly by that point, so we made the decision to help her pass quietly and with no further suffering. She has been buried at the farm next to the other foals we’ve lost over the years. They are just outside the mares’ pasture, so they always have a big herd of their “aunts” watching over them.

We’d like to thank our staff and volunteers who helped get Elsa to safety today. It’s difficult any time there’s a medical emergency with one of the horses, but going through this kind of thing with a foal is exceedingly hard. Our staff and volunteers always rise to the occasion and always put the horse’s needs above their own emotions, and that is not something we take for granted. We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you.

Rest easy, Elsa.

To learn more about the Corolla Wild Horse Fund or to donate visit their website and follow them on Facebook.


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  • Mr Ed

    Why don’t you leave the “wild” horses alone and let nature be nature? Meddling buffoons.

    Thursday, Jun 6 @ 4:07 pm
  • Sandflea

    I guess my post “Too much inbreeding?” was offensive to some. It was a legitimate statement/question. The herd is very small and probably has a smaller gene pool. Too much inbreeding can cause many autonomic problems. Maybe a veterinarian will see this and offer up an explanation. Maybe some won’t be quite as offended by this post.

    Mr Ed… they aren’t “wild horses”.

    Friday, Jun 7 @ 1:54 pm
  • Chuck

    God has always had a way of dealing with his children, be they human or any other living thing. Have we evolved past the power of God in determining life and death? I think not.

    Tuesday, Jun 11 @ 2:53 pm
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