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Dead Foal

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Teri
Neonate
Username: Teri

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, December 12, 2005 - 06:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sadly this morning we found our miniature donkey hovering over her dead baby Jack. He died during or shortly after delivery This is her third pregnancy...she has never had a problem delivering in the past. The little guy looks perfect (he was born full term) I feel so bad that I wasn't there. We have had 6 deliveries with our Mini's....I have only witnessed one and they all have been flawless. Is there anyway to tell what caused the death? The only clues I have are a bloodier than normal cord...however I don't see any excess blood around the stall. Also the sack looked very red...very bright red. It was cold outside as well. "Fawn" the jenny is doing well...no discharge or tears. She seems sad and is braying alot. Also what should I do about her engorgement of milk? Very sad day...I hope none of you well ever go through this. Thanks for all your help. Teri
 

Lazy IDH
Neonate
Username: Lazyidh

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, December 12, 2005 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have gone through it...with my mini mare. It is horrible...I am so sorry for you. We lost a foal at 9 mo. gestation, a perfect little Pinto stud colt. We had no idea why.
Perhaps yours was a "red bag" delivery, or the placenta came loose from the uterine wall prematurely? Hard to tell. Cord rupture? Perhaps those on here who know more can help. As for the milk, our mare dried up on her own with no help. Again, I sympathize with you!
 

Rooty (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Teri, sorry to hear that. Poor little donkey. I agree with Lazy IDH, perhaps it was a premature detachment of the placenta. We have had 2 of those, and the only reason that both foals survived was because someone was there to get them out quickly before they suffocated.
 

Beverly Jackson
Weanling
Username: Beverlyrichard

Post Number: 33
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 08:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Teri, I am sooo sorry to hear about your loss. That is so sad and you are in my thoughts......
 

Cheryl Johnson
Nursing Foal
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 12
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How does one know that the placenta has detached, and a rescue is needed? What are the signs?
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1786
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 01:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The foal is born contained within the allantoic sack (essentially the placenta - this is the portion that normally comes out after the foal is born), rather than breaking out through it in order to be born surrounded only by the amniotic sack (the white membrane that surrounds the foal).

Look up "placenta previa" +mare on Google (follow that link) - it should help.
 

Cjskip
Weanling
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 45
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 12:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank-you Jos. You seem to have a lot of knowledge-as do many on this board. Would you mind saying a little about your experience? Like how many years foaling-formal training? Just curious, if you don't mind.
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 1813
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

30+ years hands-on in the industry has been my best training, although there's been a bit of formal stuff thrown in there along the way as well! :-)
 

Michele
Yearling
Username: Mich

Post Number: 99
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 05:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, Jos, you are a veritable mine of informaton and I for one am incredibly grateful for the information and advice one gets from this amazing website



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