Meet New Bolton Pioneer, or Boone for short
Tens of thousands of people watched live via the New Bolton Center Foal Cam as mare My Special Girl gave birth to her colt at 9:22 pm on Saturday, March 29. Dr. Jonathan Palmer, Chief of New Bolton Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Service, and his team assisted with the challenging, 22-minute birth, which you can view on this page.
More than 170,000 people in 120 countries tuned in to watch the live broadcast from the Foal Cam, from February 26 to April 2.
The colt is named New Bolton Pioneer, or Boone for short. New Bolton Pioneer will serve as the colt’s formal “show name,” with Boone as his less formal “barn name.” Boone was the clear winner among the eight names offered by Penn Vet in a naming contest.
Since April, the pair have been living in a large field at New Bolton’s Hofmann Center on our beautiful 700-acre campus. Boone is healthy and growing steadily, and My Special Girl is doing very well.
You can continue to follow their lives through our Baby Book blog: just click on the purple "Access Boone's Baby Book!" button on this page.
It’s been a remarkable journey. Thank you for your support and many wonderful comments, questions, and ideas.
Update: About Boone's Health
My Special Girl's colt is healthy, growing steadily and thriving. The ribs fractured coming through the narrow birth canal healed well, and his heart murmur is no longer a concern. Both conditions are common in newborn foals.
Learn more about our colt's condition...
About the Birth
Our mare, My Special Girl, gave birth to her colt at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday March 29 after 22 minutes of active labor. He weighed 104 pounds and measured 39.5 inches from crown to tail.
About the Pregnancy
My Special Girl's pregnancy was made possible by the advanced reproductive technique intracytoplasmic sperm injection, known as ICSI, which involves injecting a single sperm into a mature egg. The embryo was transfered to My Special Girl in April 2013 at New Bolton Center's Hofmann Center for Reproduction. The colt was born on his 355th day of gestation, 15 days past the average of 340 days. Learn more about ICSI...
Facts about Equine Pregnancy
An average equine pregnancy lasts 340 days. Based on this, we listed her due date as March 14, but it turned out to be March 29.
Our Mare's Daily Schedule in the NICU
Throughout the day and night, My Special Girl and her unborn foal were monitored carefully to make sure they were both in good shape. Review her schedule so you know when she was in her stall, and what our clinicians were doing.
Ultrasounds & Videos
Watch an ICSI procedure to learn more about in vitro fertilization. You can also watch ultrasound videos and other videos of My Special Girl's foal.
New Bolton Center's Hofmann Center for Reproduction & Behavior provides comprehensive reproductive services for mares and stallions. Faculty are board certified and conduct research in diverse areas of focus.
Neonatal Intensive Care
New Bolton Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one of the nation's best, is designed to accommodate the needs of pregnant mares at increased risk for complications, as well as provide their foals with lifesaving critical care beginning even before the foal's birth.
» Learn more about New Bolton Center's NICU...
Meet New Bolton Center's Foal Cam Team
The Penn medical team assembled for this special Foal Cam project includes Penn Vet experts in reproduction, neonatology,and critical care, in addition to the head of the advanced reproduction section at Penn Medicine.
» Meet the Foal Cam Team...