First... Ive had several mini foals born on my farm, maiden mares and experienced. (Ive also kidded out so many goats I cant count, many where intervention was necessary.) I have a barn camera set up and thankfully havent missed a birth yet! However come late this year I will be foaling out my first large mare vs ponies and minis. Typically, as foaling gets closer, I start watching many you tube videos on foaling to refresh my mind. After watching several biggie foalings on you tube, some of the mares took longer to foal( than what I am used to seeing)...many taking lengthy breaks between strong contractions,( pushing) ultimately delivering just fine with no assistance. ( although several did need assistance , I am speaking of the ones that dont.
Watching these longer foalings I was thinking I would have assisted. Just applying resistance for the mare. I has me thinking although it would have helped the mare deliver quicker, maybe I should be re evaluating.
I would like for my mares to foal without assistance. However I am able to intervene quickly IF needed.
Aside from the obvious intervention IS needed for life or death instances... I am curious and would like to hear opinions and experiences on foaling out the standard size mare. Ones that tend to have lengthy foalings and take breaks between contractions...
Many people cannot help themselves and have to interfere when the mare would have foaled quite fine by herself. In some cases - especially with younger mares - this can lead to a situation where the mare on subsequent pregnancies doesn't bother putting effort behind foaling, working (presumably) on the belief that "their" human will be along to assist shortly. The end result of that can therefore potentially be a foal that is hypoxic or dead.
We strongly recommend that people simply observe unless there is a specific reason for assisting - and show some restraint in defining what that "reason" is! Obviously there are situations that do require assistance, but there are far more that do not...
I *have* the mind set of if no progression ~ assist...although several of theses mare made slight to no progression at times when pushing, even after several attempts. That gets my heart beating, thinking assist,assist, assist. However one can not see whats going on inside and there could be some progression being made there.
I think it just surprised me how long a normal foaling can take in some mares.
Please note that opinions, product information, advice or suggestions posted on this bulletin board are not necessarily those of the management at Equine-Reproduction.com nor does the maintenance of the post position indicate an implicit or any endorsement of that information, opinion or product.
Further, although we have the greatest respect for the posters offering assistance here, you are advised to seek a consultation with your veterinarian prior to using information obtained from this board if it is of a veterinary nature.Proud to be sponsored and supported by: