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Is this a hereditary issue?

Sometimes the pregnancy doesn't go as expected and the foal is lost. Here you can share information and perhaps learn why it happened and/or how to prevent a reocurrence.

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Is this a hereditary issue?

Postby flashy pinto » Tue May 21, 2013 6:08 pm

Is it possible a stallion could pass on a weakness that causes the foal to abort or die soon after birth? Over the last three years my stallion has had 7 confirmed pregnancies and yet he has only 3 living offspring. Three of the foals were aborted more than halfway through the pregnancy, and the most recent foal died at three days old. This foal appeared to be completely healthy when I saw him, although since he did not belong to me and was not born here I cannot say for sure what went on with him. He was the mare's first foal. Of the mares that aborted, one was 16 and had a previous foal, she was vet checked multiple times since the foal seemed to be developing slowly. We are not sure when exactly she aborted, but it was very late in the pregnancy. The mare was one of mine, and was receiving regular vet checks and well cared for. The second mare to abort was around 12 and also had a prior foal, was last palpated around 8 months, vet said all was well, but the mare aborted sometime after that, again, not sure when. This mare was not mine and was at a different facility, also well cared for. Mare three was one of mine, and she was an aged mare (24) with several prior foals and who had some known issues so her losing the foal did not surprise me, and I was going to chalk the first two up to coincidence, but now that this other foal has died at three days old I am beginning to wonder if there is some developmental weakness passed on by the stallion. This mare was also not mine and at a different facility. So, of the four mares to be confirmed pregnant and then abort or have the foal die, they were in three different barns, from three unrelated mares, on three different feed programs and under the care of three different vets. The ONLY common factor between these mares is the stallion. I would like to think this is all coincidence, but I am reluctant to book outside mares not knowing if the stallion is somehow a factor. Any thoughts?
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Re: Is this a hereditary issue?

Postby Jos » Tue May 21, 2013 9:08 pm

What did the necropsies show as the cause of death? Without those results everything is pure conjecture.
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Re: Is this a hereditary issue?

Postby flashy pinto » Tue May 21, 2013 9:25 pm

The aborted foals were not found, all we know is the mares were checked in foal, then were palpated again later on and still pregnant, and then never produced foals and were later checked open. The foal that died was buried by his owner within an hour of his death, so I do not know the cause. All I know is what she told me, that he'd been running and playing earlier, and then lay down and never got back up. She did say when she found him his heart was beating slowly, and he just slipped away before she could get him any help. It is probably all just coincidence and bad luck, but I would hate to breed other people's mares and then have things turn out badly for them. I feel i need more data, and am considering breeding only my own personal mares and not accepting any outside mares unless everything turns out well. The living offspring of this stallion are all doing very well, but the fact that there are only 3 of them out of 7 pregnancies seems like a very poor track record.
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