Farmers Roy and Lorraine Frank are still marveling at the latest additions to their homestead, after one of their mares, Sonitas Peponita, gave birth to healthy twin foals, a colt and a filly. This miraculous birth has a one in 10,000 chance of occurring.
The Franks’ did not even know that Sonitas Peponita was pregnant with twins and were very surprised when they woke up one morning to see them on their farm in Spruce Grove. The twins were born about a month ago.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Roy Frank told the Spruce Grove Examiner. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh a bunch of extra work’ because the mother a lot of times won’t accept both and will just stick with one. But she took them, and she just loves them both.”
According to animalcenter.org, the probability of twins being born alive in horses is one in 10,000, and a one in 15,000 of them surviving the first two weeks.
The mare is really looking after the babies, and they’re always with her, Roy said. Sonitas Peponita is a Quarter Horse, one of 75 registered Quarter Horses Roy owns on his farm just south of Spruce Grove.
Although Roy raises horses to sell he said he expected this time would be different.
“My wife is really attached to them,” he said.