Hello all, what I would like to know is how early has anyone known a foal to be born and still survived, obviously with intensive care. My mare started bagging up in April although her due date is July 8th. The vet suspected placentitus or missed twins. She was scanned but there was no sign of placentitus but is being treated for it anyway. The vet is leaning more towards it being twins but cannot tell me definately, he said it is just wait & see. Her udder has continued getting larger all the time and now at 304 days her teats are filled and there was wax on both this morning. The vet has told me I cannot expect survival of a foal before 320 days. Is he right or just trying to prepare me for the worst. I know she has at least one live foal as it moves regularly and it is so hard to accept that it will have no chance at all if she gives birth soon. At the end of the day I just want her to be okay but can anyone tell me if I can hold some hope for the foal/foals?
Thankyou for reading this, I appreciate any thoughts.
My vet told me when i was dealing with the same suspicions that OSU would xray the mare to see if there were twins....this is the only way to know this far along. The thing is this....if your vet is TRULY suspicious of her twinning, you need to know. It's completely possible for her to go live at the hospital very close to foalign time and csection her. There is a much greater chance of survival for all 3 of them....and on the other hand, twins are rare, and most of the time they are suspected, theres only one. Has your mare foaled before? What day did she foal at? Theres a girl on this board who had a foal at day 320, and it is FINE...I have heard of them going shorter, but have never experienced it. I dont' know just how different it is in minis, but, I have a mini who goes 314/315/316, and another girl on here just had a foal born at 300 days. So I am suspect it can be done safely. But I'd definitely want to do it at the vets.
The final maturation of the lungs is not completed until about 300 days at the earliest and unlike human babies, the equine does not respond favourably to surfactant use, so there is really nothing that can be done. As a general rule (and one will always hear exceptions, but they are just that - exceptions) 300 days is going to be the earliest and that is with even the best neonatal intensive care. 320 days is going to be the low end of the normal gestational duration and even then you are going to have some that require intensive care.
Miniatures are an exception. They can be born with a gestational duration less than that of a "regular" horse, and still be OK. I think the earliest for a miniature is around 270 days (with intensive care).
I went through the same thing that your mare is doing. My mare started bagging up in December. Then she had her first wax on day 297 only 1 teat, but then on day 308 she had full blown wax on both and had me worried sick. I knew this mare had twins when we first bred her but pinched one off. Then she was checked several times after that just to be sure. So I knew it was not twins. Then I had the vet check her for placentitus and she was fine. She ended up foaling at 322 days with no complications. She had me so stressed out that everyone at the barn said that I need to take it easy. LOL. Hopefully your mare is just doing the same thing and all will be ok. Wishing you good foaling vibes. Hope this helps.
Lindsay, I just read this, and since it has been several weeks since we've heard from you, I'm just wondering if all is well or not? Did she have twins?
If you posted elsewhere, I apologize.
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