It all began a year ago when Scandalous Love successfully delivered twins and made the newspaper headlines.
This was a rare event in the horse world.
Scandalous Love, a 7-year-old Arabian, stood by her foals, unsuspecting of the humans in the small stall.
Lying on a bed of hay, Scandalous Surprise put her head between the back legs of her brother, Scandalous Trouble, trying to use him as a pillow.
Her brother, also on his side, tried to kick her off his body, to no avail. Laughter filled the stall of the Graham, Washington horse farm.
“You’d never see other foals do this,” said MiKael Caillier, who owns the farm and horses.
Siblings generally aren’t so close in the horse world. But there’s something else that’s unusual about Scandalous Surprise and Scandalous Trouble.
They are twins, and they are alive.
“This just doesn’t happen,” said Jack Gillette, a Graham veterinarian who helped deliver them on May 8.
In his 20-plus years in the business, Gillette said he had never personally come across twin foals.
The only other time he saw it was at Colorado State University, 10 or 15 years ago.Gillette said the chance of twin horses being born and surviving is anywhere from 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 500,000.
The foals were born at Rising Rainbow Arabians, a five-acre farm Caillier and her husband, David, opened about 17 years ago. They have 26 horses, all Arabians.
This past May 8 the twins celebrated their first birthday with a frolicking romp in the pasture.
The story of this wonderful event can be read on the links below. It gives details complete with all the ups and downs of raising twins and keeping them alive and healthy.
Link: The Birth of the Twins
Link: The Twins ~ A Year Later
Link: MaKael’s Mania ~ Arabian Horses