Sheffield farm welcomes beautiful newborn shire horse foal and invites public to name her

A Sheffield park has welcomed a new resident this week, after a healthy shire horse foal was born at the animal farm on the site – and now the public are being asked to help name her.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 6:39 pm

Lottie, the resident shire horse at Graves Park, gave birth to a healthy filly foal on Easter Sunday after a 350-day-long pregnancy.

A spokesperson for the farm said: “Lottie and her foal are doing extremely well.

“The next two to three days are extremely important that we keep monitoring both Lottie and her foal but we are happy with how everything is going.

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The new filly foal.
The new filly foal.

A big thank you to Lottie’s breeders Shires and Clydesdales for the daily contact on the run up to foaling, Green Veterinary Practice for your amazing support, advice and help during and prior to foaling, and ComfyBed Plus for kindly donating over 90 bags of shavings for Lottie and her foal.

“Also a huge thank you to all our farmers for their amazing care and support through Lottie’s pregnancy.

"It’s a really lovely time at the farm with lots of spring animals being born.”

Lottie and her newborn foal.

Now, the farmers are inviting members of the public to take part in a naming poll for the new horse on the Facebook page.

The plan is to name the foal after one of Sheffield’s parks, for example it could be named Milly after Millhouses Park, or Connie after Concord Park.

Graves Park will reopen to visitors on April 12 and the 2000 available visitor slots for the first week were booked up in less than two hours.

New slots to book are released each week.

The newborn foal.
The newborn foal at Gravesend Park Aminal Farm.