Pairing orphaned foals with loving mares

ColdSpring Nurse Mares

Your ethical solution in a desperate time of need. Our mares are well handled and cared for, gentle and easy going. Our mares are never bred and they do not produce “throw away foals.”

Meet The Mares


Ethical Solutions

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A foal can become an orphan for a number of reasons: The mare has complications during birth, the mare rejects her foal, mare does not produce enough milk, or the mare is sent off to the breeding shed to be re-bred in her foal heat. When this is the case, the valuable foal does not travel with its mother due to risk of being exposed to outside elements such as bacteria, viruses, shipping fever or injury in the trailer. In this case, the breeding manager will keep the foal at home with a quality nurse mare to raise the foal. These are some of the scenarios where the services of a nurse mare are required.  


We have happy, healthy, proven broodmares with excellent dispositions available for emergency service to orphan foals. Our mares are not bred and do not produce the “throw away foal”.

Bottlefeeding vs. Nurse Mare Costs


  • Feedings are every 2-3 hours
  • Foal needs constant companionship in order to thrive. 
  • Prone to bad habits owing to anxiety and loneliness. 
  • Health Problems such as: Colic, ulcers, impactions and depression. 
  • Behavior problems making them difficult to handle and train.
  • Most Importantly: Foals will lack the much needed experience of bonding with their species which is psychologically beneficial.  

What we do

Our Services

Rescuing Orphans

ColdSpring Nurse Mares is your ethical solution in a desperate time of need. Our mares are well handled and cared for, gentle and easy going. Our mares are never bred and they do not produce “throw away foals.”

What Drives Us

Our Mission

ColdSpring Nurse Mares provides an innovative and vital service to the equine community while also bringing awareness and action to the problem of equine over population.

Bronwyn Watts

Bronwyn has 30+ years experience in the horse industry, starting from birth as she was born and raised on a working horse farm in rural southwest Virginia. She grew up doing both 4-H and Pony Club and since 2004 has been a professional groom in the 3 Day Eventing world and has groomed at all major 3 Day events in America and Canada including Rolex/Land Rover Three-day Event in Kentucky 7 different times. “Grooming at a 4* is the Grammys in the event world for us grooms. To be able to go on 7 different occasions has been an incredible achievement in my life.”

Meet The Ladies

Our Family Of Mares


Tiya (JC- Send it All) is a dark bay Thoroughbred mare and is very well bred with excellent disposition.   Tiya is a sweet soul who only wants your love and attention. She is kind, and gentle and just loves the cuddles. 🌸


Say hello to this beauty, Granite. She is a gentle giant! An Irish Draught imported from Ireland in her earlier days, she had a very successful career as a show jumper and fox hunter. Now, she enjoys the life in our program to help orphan foals. 🌸


Meet our next gorgeous girl Sooey. She came with DeDe as a pasture mate. Sooey is an extremely well bred quarter horse mare and with a career ending injury, her previous owner wants nothing more than for Sooey to enjoy life being a momma and helping orphan foals. 🌸


DeDe is a quarter horse mare saved from a kill pen by a rescue organization.  She has spent her whole life being a sweet momma. We are so happy to give this girl a new lease on life doing something she does best- being a mom. 🌸


Dixie (JC- Parade Charade) is extremely mellow and very sweet.  She has produced 9 foals, with one being a multiple stakes winner of over $260,000.  She loves attention. 🌸


Bizzy (JC- Miss Busybody) is a third generation Storm Cat mare, she had a knee injury that ended her promising racing career. Bizzy spent a couple of years being a broodmare and now, she starts her third career as a nurse mare here at ColdSpring Farm 🌸


Seneca (JC-Seneca Falls) has had a long career as a race horse and with an excellent pedigree she spent many years as a broodmare, raising nine of her own foals! What makes Seneca super special is that this past summer she successfully adopted an orphan foal. The future is bright here at ColdSpring Farm for this amazing mare! 🌸


Gracie (JC-Gracie Merlot) is about as laid back as they come. Gracie wants nothing more then to eat, eat, eat! She had 42 starts on the track, then was bought as a polo pony, after a career ending injury playing polo, she became a great momma.  Gracie and Seneca have become besties, always sharing their hay piles! 🌸



Success Stories & Kind Words

  In August I lost my beloved quarterhorse mare, Mocha, to an extremely unfortunate birthing incident.  She left behind a beautiful orphan colt, Micah. Amidst a time of total devastation and grief, Coldspring Nurse Mares came on a moment’s notice with a thoroughbred mare named Tiya.  After proceeding with the protocol to properly introduce a mare and foal, Tiya accepted Micah instantly.  In a matter of minutes she was cleaning him, and after a couple more, he was nursing.  In just a few short moments, Micah wasn’t an orphan anymore, and Tiya had a baby to raise.  And raise that baby she has!  Disaster struck again at 3 weeks when Micah was rushed to a referral hospital for septic arthritis in conjunction with osteomyelitis (a condition common in foals, especially orphans).  Tiya was a stronghold and sense of comfort for him throughout the two weeks he spent at the hospital.  She is undoubtedly a large part of the reason that Micah is now back at home, racing circles around her (perhaps he thinks he is a thoroughbred, too).  This mare is a wonderful mother; to say she is a Godsend is an understatement.  Beyond the milk and nutrition she has provided, she has given him the most ‘normal’ life possible and I am forever grateful.  Coldspring Nurse Mares has an ethical solution to the traditional nurse mare industry and is honest about the condition and temperament of their mares.  Use this company, tell people about them, and be thankful for them.  Jennifer Lefors  

   Tiya has saved the life of Micah and brought hope to Jennifer at a very hard time..what a beautiful pair Micah and Tiya make…I will always cherish your kindness and willingness to share Tiya with Micah. — Kathy Lefors  

    Thank you, ColdSpring Nurse Mares, It’s so great to see Micah have a mom to love him.  Your professional knowledge and care have given this little guy a great beginning.  Tiya has become the perfect mother to Micah and has taken him as her own. 5* rating from Rockland Stables.  Debbie Mcgrain  

    I worked at Coldspring Farm for Bronwyn’s mom many years ago. At the time, Bronwyn was on the cusp of High School. As a teen, she held a normal teenager’s distain for much rotating in her orbit—but never for her family’s horses. As someone who has been raised on a working horse farm and who has devoted her career to horse care, Bronwyn has a particular affinity for all equines, and especially for horses competing at championship levels, in particular during the time when she worked as an equine massage therapist. It’s easy to tag the descriptive “whisperer” to the end of a species if you’re describing the human capacity to read an animal’s body language and address its needs. I don’t want to be flip—but Bronwyn has a very special and rare gift embodying understanding and compassion for another species. Having seen too many older or injured brood mares forgotten as ‘pasture ornaments’ or worse; having witnessed the lack of ethical, affordable options faced by owners with orphaned foals, Bronwyn decided to apply her lifetime of experience to pair past-their-prime mares with needy orphan foals. In essence, this business will keep two lives from being discarded or abused. Coldspring Nurse Mares ethically fills a gap in the industry for which traditional solutions merely cause more waste and loss. Combine an experienced, talented horse woman with an industry-wide need for a specific solution and you can count on an excellent experience for you and your horse. 5*.  Lee Chichester
Bronwyn is now owns two of our beloved retired broodmares. It took us 6 months to find a suitable home for them, as we were very picky, but she checked every box. We have been extremely pleased with how well she has done with them! We plan to send more of our wonderful retired broodmares to her in the future and can strongly recommend checking her out if you are in need of a nursemare! Alyssa Schmitt

I actually have a mare boarded with ColdSpring Nurse Mares and the care she is receiving is on par with top competition barns. All of the mares at the facility are SO well cared for, and you can’t beat the beautiful lush rolling pastures! Katy Long

Bronwyn provides the highest level of care to her broodmares. Her groundbreaking program ensures the well being of orphaned foals upon her mares’ arrival, all the way through the weaning process. Top notch! Amy Danielian

Excellent program ran by great people!  Definitely recommend it! 

Jared Kilgallen

Highly recommend.  Pam Farmer is extremely knowledgeable.

Jean Mounger

Bronwyn is one of the few people I would ever trust with my own horses.  She has an uncanny ability to sense a horse’s needs, and the upmost work ethic and knowledge.  I would recommend ColdSpring for any and all of your needs, as you are always guaranteed excellent care, customer service, second to none facilities, and delightful people to work with!

Sam Johnston

An excellent organization! The mares are excellently cared for with professional attention to detail and fantastic timely communication from Bronwyn. I highly recommend using ColdSpring if you have a foal in need. Kate Samuels

Lainey Ashker

I have seen first hand what goes on within this wonderful organization.  The mares are happy, healthy, and given a new chance at life – along with all of the foals they have helped thus far.  This is an incredible program run by incredible people who care about and always prioritize the safety and happiness of their horses.

Maggie Hobbs

This is an awesome service! 

Cindee Hunter Caldwell

Wonderful, caring people with the horse’s best interests in mind.

Jeanne Bair

Great mare, sweet disposition.  Professional owners!

Lyzayne Whitaker