A courageous colt foal, named Power of Love, has survived multiple problems after his birth on March 7 to continue a special bloodline for owner Mrs Brenda Karn-Smith of Wisborough Green.
Affectionately named Jonathan, he defied all odds to live thanks to expert veterinary care from Liphook Equine Hospital and is now happily out grazing at Lavington Stud in Sussex with his mother, the racing mare A Legacy of Love, known as Lola.
Power of Love in the Paddock
Photo: Jeannie Knight
He was born very small and weak, even though he had reached the full gestation period, and had colic symptoms, but was not responding to treatment. There was no room for him to be treated at the current Arundel Equine Veterinary centre, whose new equine hospital is not yet complete.
Fortunately Liphook Equine Hospital was able to take him and provide the expert care needed.
Mrs Karn-Smith said:” Liphook Equine Hospital and its wonderful surgical team performed life-saving surgery and I owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Brenda Karn-Smith with Jonathan, aka Power of Love Photo: Jeannie Knight
Liphook Equine Hospital ensured that Jonathan had a plasma transfusion and prompt surgery to repair a hernia and his bladder which was leaking. The day after surgery, he developed a swelling in the throat and vets there also performed a trachaeotomy to enable him to breathe.
When he was well enough, Jonathan was transferred by Liphook to Lavington Stud in West Sussex with vastly experienced stud groom Karl Blundle on hand.
Jonathan and Lola enjoying spring sunshine at Lavant Stud Photo: Jeannie Knight
Karl explained:” He had a little bit of colic because he was a bit greedy, drinking more of his mother’s milk that he could manage, so we put a muzzle on him to prevent him getting too much. A week later he was able to have the trachaeotomy removed and has continued in the right direction since then.”
Karl added: “He was confined to the stable for a month and then spent some time in a cage in the paddock enjoying sunshine and grass. Two weeks ago he was turned out in the paddock with Lola. Another week like this will see him pick up even more.
“We have 400 acres here and are lucky to have a lot of grass with small individual paddocks. We give individual attention on a one to one basis, working closely with local equine hospitals and can phone for help or advice 24 hours, seven days a week.”
Jonathan back in the yard
Photo: Jeannie Knight
Jonathan’s dam, A Legacy of Love, was named as a tribute to Mrs Karn-Smith’s late husband Gerald, who had always encouraged her to spend her own money to have a share in group-owned racehorse at Amanda Perrett’s Coombelands Racing Stables at Pulborough.
Following his death, she bought A Legacy of Love, by the famous Irish Sea The Stars stallion and out of Nashmiah, and was rewarded with placings and a victory in the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield Park.
Jonathan himself is sired by Paco Boy, a noted stallion who was an impressive multiple winner on the Flat for trainer Richard Hannon and stands at Highclere Stud in Berkshire.
Mrs Karn-Smith said:”Some racehorse owners go through their entire lives without a winner, and A Legacy of Love is particularly special because I named her as a tribute to my late husband, Gerald.
“He always said that when he died he wanted me to be a merry widow and spend his money wisely to buy myself a racehorse. Since then I have had the immense pleasure of breeding from her.”
Lola’s first foal was a filly by Swiss Spirit, born on March 21 last year, and doing well.
Brenda said: “Nature permitting, we plan to send Lola to Newsells Stud to be covered by Nathaniel later this month.”