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Rare twin Appaloosa foals born near Peterson


 NEAR PETERSON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Owners of the Brush Poppin' Ranch near Peterson, Minnesota have welcomed two newborn Appaloosa foals, born about 3:30 Wednesday morning.

Twin foals are exceedingly rare--only one in about every 10,000 horse pregnancies result in two offspring. In nearly every case, one or both of the babies die. The odds that both foals survive is estimated to be about one in 500,000.

Appaloosa horses were originally bred by the Nez Perce Native American tribe for their endurance, as well as for their unique appearance. It is said that when the Nez Perce were defeated in battle, the victors would slaughter the remaining Appaloosa horses rather than capture them, knowing that they couldn't capture the superior breed as fast as the Nez Perce could breed them.

The Brush Poppin' Ranch's owners say they're delighted with their good fortune. 

"I've raised Appaloosas pretty much most of my life, and to get foals like this, even one, is pretty amazing and pretty exciting--to get two? It's like going to the super bowl! For me!"

"We've had people say 'I've been trying for years to get one horse with that great of coloring,'" says Jeff Passow, Sylvia's husband and co-owner of the ranch. "'And you guys get two!? That's no fair,'" he says with a chuckle.

As for the mom, there couldn't be a more qualified mare. Babe, the foals' mother, is the great-great granddaughter of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown Winner.

"She's a great mother," says Sylvia, of her mare, Babe. "I was worried that she'd favor one over the other, [but] she watches over both of them! She's always been an excellent mother with all of her foals." 

Jeff and Sylvia Passow are still looking for unique names for the exceedingly rare foals.

"We'd like to come up with something really special," says Sylvia. They're even taking suggestions on their Facebook page, which has been viewed more than 20,000 times since Wednesday.

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