Registers 600,000th Purebred Arabian
Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo. celebrated a milestone
when it assigned purebred Arabian registration number 600000 in
May of this year. One of the oldest breed registries in the United
States, it registered the first purebred Arabian in 1908. Registry
number 600000 went to Bambi Forsyth's 2002 filly, Lady Marina (Marine+/
x Fayek Gai Lady). A small Michigan breeder, Forsyth calls Lady
Marina her "miracle foal."
carefully planned for her 2002 filly, researching the perfect stallion
to breed to her mare, Fayek Gai Lady. "I really wanted a grey
foal with a performance pedigree. My mare was a grey and I was looking
for a grey stallion with an English or western background. When
I attended the 2001 Scottsdale Arabian Show, I stopped at the Salem
Children's Home stallion auction. One of the stallions offered was
Marine+/. After looking at his performance record, I thought he
would be a good match for my mare," says Forsyth.
awaited Fayek Gai Lady's first foal; unfortunately problems started
shortly after her mare was checked in foal. The mare soon developed
gestational laminitis, a painful condition that caused the structure
of her hooves to deteriorate. "We treated the mare to make
her more comfortable but as the pregnancy wore on we could see she
was getting worse. The laminitis also caused the foal to go into
stasis, which meant that the foal essentially stopped growing. Twelve
months into the pregnancy, the vet estimated she still had two more
weeks to go," says Forsyth.
at 12 months, Fayek Gai Lady gave birth to a 6 to 8 week premature
grey filly on June 26, 2002. The filly was very tiny - only 27 or
30 inches tall and so weak, she had to be lifted up in order to
nurse from the mare for the first few days. Even though the filly
was having a hard time nursing, it was decided that she should stay
on the mare to avoid dependency on bottle feedings.
the mare was not recovering from the laminitis, Forsyth opted to
start the filly on feed as soon as possible and began gradually
introducing the filly to her five other Arabians. The strategy proved
helpful as Fayek Gai Lady had to be euthanized when Lady Marina
was only four months old.
my mare down was one of the worst things I've ever had to do, and
I hope I never have to do it again," recalls Forsyth. "I
felt fortunate that I was able to keep my mare until the filly was
4 months old. After she died, Lady Marina was adopted by the rest
of the herd. She formed a special bond with my 18-year-old gelding,
a year later, Lady Marina has overcome the obstacles she faced early
in life and is an important part of Forsyth's equine family. "Lady
Marina has an innate need to be with people and bonded with us right
away. She has truly blessed our lives."
is a 40,000 member equine association that registers and maintains
a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses,
call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org
or visit www.ArabianHorses.org.