The baby horse appeared happy and healthy Tuesday before dying unexpectedly Wednesday.
FREEPORT — A filly born Tuesday to an abused horse that was rescued and taken to Alaqua Animal Refuge passed away unexpectedly Wednesday.
The filly, named Landry, was born to Parish the horse after an 11-month pregnancy that started out in dangerous conditions. Parish was abused, malnourished and almost “ridden to death” in the early stages of her pregnancy, according to Alaqua founder Laurie Hood.
“The outward signs of her condition were horrible,” Hood said. “She had sores and was skinny and had been beaten. Those first few months, like a human baby, are so important in terms of having the right nutrients in her body, and it was evident that she did not have that, so we really hoped that she got enough care here to overcome that.”
When Landry was born Tuesday, Alaqua veterinarians and volunteers were overjoyed that the filly appeared happy and healthy. Caretakers assisted her in standing and feeding.
“We had really high hopes that she was going to be fine. ... We got the mom in August, and had hoped that we got her in time to grow healthy and deliver a healthy baby, and all signs pointed to that being the case (Tuesday),” Hood said.
But Hood said she noticed Wednesday morning that something was wrong. Landry first appeared “a little off” before crashing completely. Alaqua’s equine veterinarian said the filly appeared to have gone septic, so they put Landry and Parish in a trailer and rushed them to Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.
Landry died halfway to Auburn.
“We have no idea what happened,” Hood said. “We were all so excited 'cause it was such a miracle that she appeared to be so healthy, having come from the worst case.”