In October 2010, photojournalist Sue Morrow volunteered to muck the stalls and stock hay at a rural barn in Athens, Ohio, called Last Chance Corral. Little did she know that this barn was one of the primary safe havens for non-pedigreed nurse mare foals and adult horses who were rescued from being killed or abandoned after breeding season.

Morrow soon began documenting the barn and its efforts to rescue non-pedigree foals who did not demonstrate “championship potential” in a film called “Born to Die.” The documentary was recently funded via Kickstarter in January with a mission to bring awareness to what Morrow calls the “cruel secret” within the breeding industries.

“These foals have an expiration date, and it’s two days after they are born,” declares Victoria Goss, the founder of Last Chance Corral, in the trailer for the documentary. Goss, a longtime lover of horses, has been taking care of them since 1968 and established Last Chance Corral in 1986.

The job of the foal’s mother, according to Morrow and Goss, is to be a nurse mare to other pedigree foals, nursing them with milk needed for the baby horse’s health and survival. Having limited or no access to their mother’s milk, many non-pedigree foals are left to die. But since 1991, Last Chance Corral has rescued over 150 foals during foaling season, which occurs every January through June. Goss and her small team of rescue workers work round-the-clock fielding calls from sympathetic farms who offer to bring foals they cannot maintain. Last Chance keeps the foals warm, administers medicine and helps them to drink on their own in some cases. According to Goss, her barn’s mortality rate stands at just two percent.

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