Yeaturday my mother-in-law's mare went into labor. She didn't find her until noon and had no idea of how long she was in labor or how long the foal was in the birth conal. We called a vet but no-one was able to get there untill today. The foal was dead by the time she found the mare. The mare's heart rate was very low, and the mares temp was low also. She wasn't doing well. We had no choice but to pull the foal out. It was in correct position. What should a amatuer breeder do? Why did the foal die and why could't the mare foal with out any problems. She (my mother in law) has had this happen to her once before. The mare couldn't have the foal and had to be pulled. She still hasn't rebred and it has been 11 months.
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 10:28 pm:
There is a condition called "uterine inertia" in which a mare seems unable or unwilling to "push" in order to expel the foal. This is possible what happened.
Another possibility is that the foal itself may have had large shoulders which got stuck on the pelvis and prevented the mare from being able to expel the foal without assistance.
It is essential that owners or a knowledgeable party be present at the time of foaling so that incidences such as this can be identified and prevented before it is too late. The solution is to call the veterinarian immediately if there is not a normal progression of foaling.
I just purchased a miniature mare. The owners told me she has had 2 foals. The first foal she had with no problems is a beautiful filly. She was rebred for a 2nd foal which didn't go very well. During delivery, the foals' head was tucked underneath somehow, and couldn't reprosition. I also think the mare had a hard time pushing. A vet could not show up for atleast a hour to help, But by the time he arrived, they had to pull the foal out in pieces just to get it out!! the foal obviously didn't survive but the mare was ok. I want to breed her and I was wondering if there would of been damage to the mare internally because of this incident? (it is difficult to palpate or ultrasound a mini due their small size) Will she be able to concieve again? If it happens once, will it happen again??
Daneille, The vet can do a vaginal exam with a tube. They can look through it with a light and see any scar tissue or tears. I have had this procedure done on a 30" mare. We then did a vaginal exam with our hands and arms. I was able to feel inside her to feel the tear and as to why she was going to absorb her foal she had in her. This was great. Try to find a woman vet that is small. My vet is 5'4" and she has had no problem ultra sounding or pal. my mini's. Good luck.
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