Horses and betting seem to go hand in hand. Those who attend racetracks often are well aware of what the payoffs are for the various odds.
At 7-2 odds, if your horse wins you would for every $2 invested, get $7 profit in return. This means when you bet $2, the total return if the bet at 7-2 odds is successful is $9.
When you’re trying to do the math, it’s hard to imagine a horse beating 1 in 10,000 odds. But, that is exactly what one lucky mare did recently in California.
She gave birth to twins!
This doesn’t happen very often at all. Mother Nature clearly does not favor the birth of equine twins. A significant number of twin embryos spontaneously abort within the first six weeks of pregnancy. Of the twin conceptions present after 40 days of pregnancy, about 80% will subsequently abort, most often after the eighth month of pregnancy, according to the University of California, Davis, Center for Equine Health.
The mare’s owner has named the twins Will and Grace, as there was a filly (girl) and a colt (boy) foal. It isn’t known whether they had known the mare was carrying twins or not.
It isn’t rare for a mare to conceive twins. That happens all the time. But since it can be dangerous for the mother to try to carry twin horses to full term, most breeders have their mares vet checked as soon as they think she might have been bred. If there are two fertilized embryos, the vet will “pinch” one, causing it to abort itself early on. This leaves the remaining embryo with a chance of achieving full maturity.
If a vet doesn’t take care of eliminating one of the embryos Mother Nature will usually do the job. But, it’s much safer for the mother horse if a veterinarian does the job.
We’re looking forward to seeing Will and Grace cavorting around the pasture with their mother soon. For now, a content mother and babies are enjoying their nice clean stable and lots of adoration from fans of this naturally occurring phenomenon.
Source: Daily Mail