Foster Mare Service

If you require a foster mare please contact Chris Mills on 0408 132 755 or email

Orphan Foal Foster Mare Service.

Each breeding season a number of foals are left orphaned and in need of a Foster mare, if you find yourself in this situation and rather than have to bottle feed a foal for at least 3 months you require a Foster mare you can contact Christine Mills on 0408132755 on our site requesting a Foster mare. Time is of the essence and we need to match up mares with foals asap within the first couple of days if possible to ensure success.

Also the reverse situation also applies when a mare becomes available and the owner is quite happy to make her available for use as a Foster mare than you can register your mare as being available for use as a foster mare should an orphan foal become available.

Owners of foals successfully fostered by a foster mare will be responsible for any costs associated with the supply of a Foster mare i.e. floating, agistment until weaning of foal, farrier and/or any vet work required if the mare has to be walked on to a stallion in the same season whilst fostering the foal. This service is run on a trust and honesty basis and has done so for approx 14 years. It works well if the mare owner and foal owner can work in together to ensure a happy union.

If a successful match up does not occur we can also recommend to the foal owner a local Nanny mare service for these situations, again time is the essence when matching up mares and foals.

Successful match ups depend on lots of things, moving quickly to get the match up happening is the most important, communicating your needs asap will help fasten the request, a good natured brood mare who has previously had foals of her own should only be offered for fostering in the first instance.

Approximate costs for a Nanny mare are from $3000 onwards plus gst for a successful match up, billed by the nanny mare service to the foal owner.

Through good communication over the years Hollylodge (Chris) has successfully matched up mares with foals thus providing foals with a chance in life, one of our successful match ups is the racemare THRILLIONAIRE who was an orphan foal and was fostered by a mare kindly provided by one of our clients.  Pic – Paint The Stars as a foal with his Nanny mare Lucy at Hollylodge, he is now in work with Shawn Mathrick ran 5th at his first city start.

Please ring Chris on 0408 132755 should you need a foster mare. email

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