Oh Baby! Kentucky Horse Owner Discovers Five Mares Impregnated by ‘Mystery Horse’
Bourbon County horse owner Marilyn Montavon has several unexpected new additions to her band of Thoroughbreds this spring, and she's trying to solve the mystery of how exactly this happened.
Last week, two new foals were born on her farm, a healthy colt and filly. The new arrivals came as quite a shock to Montavon, since she hadn't bred either of the mares, nor did she have any stallions on her farm.
Upon closer inspection she noticed another newcomer out in the field with the mares – a 3-year-old colt she hadn't seen before. Obviously, the colt had been very busy, because there were at least five other mares that were pregnant.
“I think somebody just figured they didn't want to send the horse to the (slaughterhouse) and they thought, ‘Oh, here's a field full of horses. He'll get lost in the herd,'” Montavon told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
As to the question of why Montavon didn't notice this colt earlier – since a mare's gestation period is 11 months – she said that she “doesn't go out onto her 50 acres everyday to personally check on her herd.”
A friend who helps her out and tends to the horses daily didn't notice the colt, dubbed “Mystery Man”, until Montavon pointed him out.