Two Sets Of Twins Might Be More Than Luck For BUCK
by Tom Burriss
"They say it has everything to do with the mare," says Loretta Kroening, but so far with two sets of twins being born on the same farm, within four months of each other, by the same stud, they are beginning to wonder.
"So far he is batting a thousand."
Loretta and Bill Kroening live on ten acres in Iuka, Mississippi, and have two mares which they keep for pleasure.
"Mostly for the kids and grandchildren to ride."
Last spring, when the Kroenings' nephew, Thomas Lambert, needed an alternate pasture to separate a couple of studs, they agreed to keep a three year-old registered tri-color stud named BUCK, in their pasture.
On August 23, 2002 the first offspring from BUCK were born to a Quarter Horse mare, BABY. Two colts were born, but they only survived for two days. Nonetheless they were twins.
The real surprise came when the second set of twins were born to WITCH, their Saddlehorse mare. She delivered a colt and a filly on October 31, 2002.
"They are now over two months old and doing very well," reports Loretta.
The colt has been named ALLSTAR, for a star on his back, and the filly is ANNIE.
"Of course, people like to kid us about the fact that the foals were born on Halloween and the mother's name is WITCH."
The Kroenings are anxiously waiting the outcome on their nephew's farm. He has a mare bred to BUCK and is expecting at the end of February.
"We'll just have to wait and see," says Loretta, if BUCK has a trait or lucky streak for having twins.
Loretta and Bill Kroening decided to share their story after picking up a copy of the MSHR at Terry Bullard's Agricenter in Iuka, Miss. They were their picking up special mare and foal feed for their new ones.
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