I have had two orphan foals. Both were very good about learning to drink from a bucket and it was simply a matter of giving them a fresh bucket every four hours. I had a pony live with them until they were old enough to go out with the mares (about 3 months of age).
Silly Mommy... I've been thinking about your number two ever since I read this. I have a mare that should be foaling any time now (I know, famous last words but she started waxing almost 2 weeks ago and started dripping milk yesterday). How tough would it be to have two foals in the stall at birth time? Has anybody ever done this? The fluid and placenta could be rubbed on the second foal as well. She did allow a second foal to nurse off of her a couple of years ago - not intentionally. Spot's filly was weaned a couple of months before my colt and we left her with Auntie Liz and Vegas. She started nursing off my mare and the mare didn't care. I don't know how big a difference it made that the mare knew the filly well. This mare LOVES being a mom. And Faiths Cremellow is only about 10 minutes away from me.
Anyway, just a thought, can anyone shed any light on whether it's a good one or not?
"He's a nice horse, he's just a little special in the head."