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Author Topic: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America--another video plus new photos  (Read 879 times)

Pamela N.

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My friend Kathy's Icelandic horse Aska produced twins, a black and white filly named Systir and a grey and white colt named  Bróðir on July 1st of this year.  Despite the odds, both mare and twins survived and are thriving.  Here is a link to an article on them with pictures.  The article, which I wrote, also highlights the great danger that having twins represents to both mare and offspring.  The horse uterus is not designed to carry twins.

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, you can get a copy of the article in the NW Horse Source which is distributed for free in tack stores in the area.  The magazine has some great articles on the upcoming Washington State Horse Expo, Extreme Cowboy Events, horse care in Winter, etc.  Or you can view on line:

http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=240012#{"issue_id":240012,"page":26}

You can watch a video of their first 3 days at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd-SactnSDo

More recent video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuwxmEkbsAg&feature=youtu.be


Northwest Horse Source just put a gallery of photos that they took of the twins for the Newspaper Article.  The cuteness factor is exponential.

whsphoto.smugmug.com/Equestrian-Events/Icelandic-Twin-Foals/i-nwXHMnF



Enjoy, Pamela N.
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Kalli

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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 09:20:28 pm »

wow!  That's amazing!  Sounds like she worked really hard to ensure survival for the mare and both offspring! 

Thanks for posting this.  It was such an interesting article.  And, of course, the video was so dang cute!  :)

Kalli
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kckc

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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2015, 09:22:35 pm »

OMG how wonderful they both seem to be doing well.  more videos please... 
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2015, 11:09:01 pm »

Awww, how sweet!!!  ;D
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2015, 06:33:21 am »

Wow, so glad they both survived!  What cuties they are.

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Linda Y

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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2015, 08:15:40 am »

So wonderful to see that they are both doing so well! Kudos to their owner.
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2015, 08:43:04 am »

Nice article, Pam, and cute twins!
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2015, 09:06:35 am »

wow, what a fighter that little guy is!  So very glad he was able to be helped.
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Pamela N.

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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2015, 12:49:15 pm »

When I interviewed the vet for the article, Dr. Beckman said one of the reasons for Bróðir's survival was the passion and dedication that Kathy provided in foal care.  Interesting synergy, Dr. Beckman's daughter had twins just after he helped with the horse twins.

I'll try to get Kathy to post more videos of the twins.  They are just so dang cute!!!!

Pamela N.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2015, 08:23:27 pm »

Well done!  A lady who breeds RMH's a few hours away, had a set of twins this year, and worked VERY hard to keep them both healthy.  And they both made it!
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Pamela N.

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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America--another video
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2015, 01:12:27 am »

Here is a link to a more recent video.  Iceland foals tend to grow a really thick winter coat.  These little guys aren't really as pudgey as they seem.  The twins are so cute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuwxmEkbsAg&feature=youtu.be

Enjoy, Pamela N.
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America--another video
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2015, 05:20:35 am »

WOW, what an adventure for that horse owner! Glad to see the babies are doing well...so cute! Please share the next update when comes out.

Twins have occurred a couple times in Mountain Pleasure horses and about 10 years ago, twins were born to a Standardbred mare a few miles from where I live. The MPH twins were strong and equal in size from the start. The Standardbred story was similar to these Icelandic twins.

Thanks for sharing this!
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Re: Icelandic horse twins--first in North America--another video
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2015, 09:01:16 am »

Thanks for the update on the twins.  They are so stinking cute!!!
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There is so much negative and sadness on the internet, it brings me so much joy to see this happy ending..  Smiling big this morning!
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That was the sweetest thing to watch.  What a little spit fire pushing the way in to feed near the end.  They are so cute.  So happy for the owner.  Tooooooooooooooo cute.
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