4th April 2002
A rare breed foal born at Caythorpe on Good Friday was the first filly to be born under the University of Lincoln’s Cleveland Bay breeding programme.
And staff plan to mark the special event by naming her Lindon Minerva – a reflection of the university’s new corporate identity which features Minerva, the Roman goddess of learning.
The birth of a filly over Easter follows the arrival of two male Cleveland Bay foals - Lindon Principal and Lindon Scholar - in April and September last year.
The birth went smoothly despite an accident suffered by the mare last summer which university staff feared might put the foal in danger.
“She had a nasty accident and lost an eye – we think she got kicked in the field,” said Dr Mark Curry, a senior lecturer in Equine Science at the University of Lincoln.
“She underwent an operation under general anaesthetic in Oakham, and we were worried that she might lose the foal, but happily that wasn’t the case.”
The Lincolnshire School of Agriculture was part of De Montfort University when it began breeding Cleveland Bay horses three years ago in partnership with the Cleveland Bay Breed Society.
The Cleveland Bay is one of the rarest breeds in the UK, a category one rare breed with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, which means there are fewer than 200 breeding females in the country. About 30 foals are born each year.
“We use the programme to teach students about equine reproduction, breeding management, stud management and management of small populations, and because the breed is at risk we’re also helping to increase the numbers,” Dr Curry explained.
Until the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture was transferred to the University of Lincoln in September last year horses born under the breeding programme carried the prefix ‘De Montfort’. Now all the horses bred at the University of Lincoln will carry the ‘Lindon’ name.
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