When Jenna Burkstrom bought her mare, Designer Goods in foal from Bebo Quarter Horses in Redfield, South Dakota, she knew she was in for some excitement but would have never guessed how much. "Prada" (her barn name) settled into her new home as Hollow Hill Farm in Oxford, Connecticut.
An early ultrasound and normal pregnancy indicated all was well. Jenna, her trainer Britt Heggland and the team at Hollow Hill awaited the arrival of Jenna’s new foal. Then on April 28, at 1:20 in the morning they were in for a big surprise.
Twin colts were born successfully to Prada, and were promptly named Lord and Taylor after the famed department store chain. But it was not an easy journey from the start.
Taylor, the larger of the two, struggled early on with the vet saying he had a 10% chance to live. He was having seizures, going septic, and had ice cold limbs. He had to have a gastric tube installed via his nose to be fed due to his lack of desire to nurse off Prada.
Jenna, Britt, and many other girls at Hollow Hill Farm rotated times to bottle fed the foals and kept them warm, helped them to walk, and kept watch. Both were born struggling to suckle and walk so bottle feeding was done every half an hour for several days straight.
Finally, with the success of the vet administering plasma, IV fluids, antibiotics, etc. both foals are thriving. Lord and Taylor are nursing off of Prada, walking, receiving antibiotics, and getting up on their own.
The foals are sired by Epic Icon, a full brother to the AQHA Yearling Congress Longeline Champion and AQHA High-Point/Superior Western Pleasure stallion Hez Plum Poison. Designer Goods is by Good Asset (leading western pleasure sire) and out of a mare by The Invester (top western pleasure sire).
To follow their progress, visit their Facebook page Lord&Taylor- Twin Foals for updates.