My Dutch WB mare bagged up 4 days ago and was leaking clear fluid. I rushed her to the vet for an immediate ultrasound and there was no sign of placentitis, but we started her on Regumate, antibiotics and flunixin, just to cover all bases. She is absolutely clean from the vulva. There is no muscular relaxation around her tail.
My fear is that we may have undiscovered twins. She was ultrasounded 3 times days 17, 30, 50 looking for twins, but perhaps this was still missed?
For now, she seems stable. Her udder has not developed any further. The leaking has stopped.
This mare is enormous and when looking at her from the front, her belly bulges widely on both sides when she is viewed from the front. Thankfully, she tends to be a quiet mare and doesn't get involved in any shenanigans like the other horses do. I've separated her from the herd and she's quite happy with that situation.
She's up-to-date with deworming, although the vet suggested she not get her 9-month Prodigy (EHV1) vaccine until we've finished the antibiotics.
I analyzed my feeding and I'm quite sure I didn't over-feed up to this point. The mare is an extremely easy-keeper so she doesn't get grain, and through the winter I just mixed minerals in literally a handful of wet beet pulp. She has only just been started on a low-starch pellet that I wet down for her minerals and actually she willingly eats this even with the antibiotics, flunixin, and her regumate mixed in. (The vet okay'd this).
I felt the foal actively kicking this morning. Its been a very active foal lately and has kicked her hard enough to make her grunt and swish her tail (poor mare!). During the ultrasound, foal gave vet a hard time to zero in on the placenta because foal was very active. So far, at least, he is vigorous.
So, let's assume she is cooking twins... what are our realistic chances here of her actually making it to day 320?? Okay, even day 310?
I'm already making plans for her to foal out at the vet's clinic since it seems likely that if this is only a single foal it's going to be rather large... let alone if it's twins.
I'm worried sick. She's my favourite mare and I don't want to lose her. I'd gladly give up the foal as long as she is safe and healthy.
Thoughts and experience with this would be hugely appreciated.
Unfortunately, there really is no answer to your question. Some make it and have one or two live foals, most do not. Whether your mare (if she is carrying twins) will be in the former or latter groups is something that cannot be predicted.
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