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Foal In Need of Name

PALM CITY, FL (WFLX) A beautiful chestnut-colored horse named Emerald roams in a pasture at the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation in Palm City. She was found by Martin County Animal Care and Control and turned over to the rescue foundation. Trainers found her severely underweight.

Property manager Joe Gunner said, "At first we thought it had a problem with its digestive system."

But when a vet checked Emerald out, there was a big surprise, she was pregnant. Usually, it's a slow gentle process getting a new rescue horse acclimated.

"The foal kind of sped everything up, " said trainer Kirsten Nelsen.  "You got two horses for the price of one," laughed Joe Gunner.

On April 1st, just one week after Emerald was brought to Equine Rescue, she gave birth to her foal, who was just given a clean bill of health. So far, Emerald has been a great mom.

"The hormones kick in and it's their nature to protect the baby so we thought we'd have trouble getting anywhere near this baby," said Nelsen.

While we know the mother's name is Emerald, what's the baby's name? That's where you come in. The Equine Rescue Adoption Foundation is holding a baby naming contest.

Right now, the foundation is housing 13 horses, and at $1,000 a month per horse minimum; it's in desperate need of financial help. So until April 30th, you can mail in a name along with a donation. A winner will be chosen May 1st. That person will get a picture with the foal, and also the unique opportunity to work with the trainers here and bring up the young horse.

If you'd like to mail in a donation, you can send it ERAF P.O BOX 119 Palm City, FL 34990.

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