Resuscitating a stillborn foal is something I've been involved in a few times (I work at a stud farm), and a few times it has been successful. Blowing into the nostril, closing the other one, rubbing the heart till you get a response, tickling the nostril with a straw.. Now though I've come across "pumping the chest like bellows", i.e. pressing the foal's ribcage vigorously to entice breathing. I've seen it used, not successfully though.
Is this correct? Wouldn't this disturb the heart? Let alone break a few ribs? Does it really entice breathing or disturb it?
Please, your views and experiences are greatly appreciated.
with my miniature foals, i blow in both nostrils...and do compressions on the heart if necessary. They're tiny and fraile, but being trained in CPR i find that it's the equivilant of doing CPR on a baby.
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