Two-foaled: Horse gives birth to twins at Duranbah

Sheree Bennett with Out to Lunch and her twin foals Dreamy and Shorty.
Sheree Bennett with Out to Lunch and her twin foals Dreamy and Shorty. John Gass

THE chances of a mare giving birth to twin foals are about 10,000 to one and the odds that both foals and mum survive are even smaller.

However, this rare event took place in Duranbah when twin foals Shorty and Dreamy were born.

Sherie Bennett is the proud owner of the twins born on November 1 and delivered by her thoroughbred mare Out to Lunch.

Although, mares do carry twins, these situations often end with the abortion of both foetuses at about five to eight months, either naturally or forced, in order to save the mother.

Out to Lunch did not abort and the twins not only survived the birth but have made it through their first week on this earth.

Ms Bennett said "when I found out it was twins, I was both happy and sad.

"I realised the problems associated with the birth of twins and although I was happy I had two new foals, I knew it would take a lot to keep them alive.

"I take one of the two foals home every night to make sure the mare isn't put under too much pressure to feed the two youngsters.

"To have both survive is very rare and although they've made it this far, they're not out of the danger zone yet," Ms Bennett said.

One of Ms Bennett's main worries now was the presence of wild dogs which lived in the Kings Forest area and roamed the paddocks at night.

"Not long ago, a new-born foal in the paddock next to ours was ripped to pieces by the wild dogs.

"We called an organisation called Dogs Gone and they put bait out but there are still some dogs out there," Ms Bennett said.

Although the foals were initially christened Shorty and Dreamy, once their names are registered Ms Bennett intends to change Shorty's name to Double Trouble and Dreamy's name to Dreamtime Comes True.

"Shorty is definitely trouble and loves walking all over her brother.

"Double Trouble couldn't be more suitable," Ms Bennett said.

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