Baby Horse Born in Penn State Stables

Penn State added another member to its Nittany Lion family yesterday, in the form of, well, a baby horse.

The female foal was born Monday morning around 1:00 a.m. with the help of managers and students at the Penn State horse barns.

Sam Fanelli, a senior majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Equine Science, was there with five other students on a class assignment for AN SC 407: Advanced Horse Production and Management with Dr. Burt Staniar.

As part of foaling practicum, they spend a week on foal watch, waiting for the mares to give birth. They rotate shifts at the barn from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. — when most mares give birth — and are responsible for checking them every 15 minutes. Once the water breaks, the attending manager is called to assist as well as the other members of your group. This filly was the tenth foal of the 18 expected (Who knew Penn State produced so many horses on an annual basis?). She just needed a little pull from the barn manager Chris Grant to get her out quickly and safely.

Although currently unnamed, she’ll likely receive a title in the next few days. She’s the youngest of over 60 American Quarter Horses housed by the Department of Animal Sciences.

You can look at more of the newly-birthed horses at the Penn State Quarter Horse Facebook Page.

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