Saphira is our newest addition to the Wild Horse Farm herd. She is a Criollo x Lusitano filly, born in 2020.

Saphira was born on January 16th, 2020 out of Alegria (Criollo) by Gritto (purebred Lusitano, owned by Arnaldo Bastos). We imprinted Saphira and have been handling her daily for the first 4 weeks of her life. By week 5, we had to start supplementing her with cow’s milk, because her dam wasn’t producing enough milk. We started with 200ml per day and built it up to 3 litres by the time she was 6.5 weeks old. By the time she was 7.5 weeks, she already needed 7 liters per day. We are currently giving her milk 6 times per day. We tried everything we could to get her to accept a foster mare, but she wouldn’t nurse. We also didn’t succeed yet in getting her to drink from a bucket or bottle, only a syringe. Because her mother didn’t produce enough milk, Saphira started to eat Goiabas. She would bite into the fruit to get the juice out. The only way she will drink milk is by biting down on a syringe while we squirt the milk into her mouth. She has already been a great blessing to a little girl from a local orphanage that was afraid of the bigger horses, but happily interacted with Saphira.

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