My neighbor's mare foaled out a few weeks ago - very nice filly - named Lilly. I hadn't seen her outside in about a week, so I asked my neighbor how she was doing. Unfortunately, she was euthanized...please read below...
At 10 days old, Lilly had colic and was taken to UC Davis for surgery. She crashed while she was there, and they operated to find out that she was born with her ovaries and fallopian tubes wrapped around her intestines. So as she grew, her intestines expanded faster than her reproductive organs, and so they were gradually choked off. She had about 17 feet of necrotic tissue in her abdomen. She was euthanized on the table.
Has anyone ever heard of this or experienced similiar? Any thoughts as to possible cause? Jos?
Lilly's mother has been bred to another stallion, and she has a healthy full sister who is a yearling now.
No real comment, except to say that when one really thinks about how many foals are born each year perfectly OK, and how few in-utero developed defects such as this we see, it truly is remarkable. Normally nature "weeds out" these problems before they make it to term, and the pregnancy is lost. This one wasn't.
Thanks Jos for your words of wisdom. A friend of mine did say that she has heard of this before, and that sometimes the foals can be much older before there is any noticed trouble. She also reminded me that mares do not have fallopian tubes (which I really did know), but am too sleep deprived right now monitoring my mare that is due anytime now and getting mixed signals
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