We have a mare who foaled a colt last year, straight forward pregnancy but foal was a little stuck during birth but was foaled easily with a bit of a hand, mare was left to tend to him but took a good while to get to her feet, she was never keen on her foal and had to be cleaned from having retained placenta, she then totally rejected her foal to the point she would have killed him if we had not removed him from her foaling box, this was a first foal and this mare is great around other foals/mares/horse in general, we bred her back last year but she produced nothing this year, we felt sure she was in foal but then during winter she dropped back in condition then had no foal (maybe aborted) so this year we run her with stallion and when vet was available had her scanned, she scanned 7 weeks in foal with twins! vet would not nip one or both at this stage, we feel she is still in foal but are worried that firstly she will carry two foals to delivery time and how we deal with the foaling? we deal with twin calves ect but this is worse!!! what are the chances that if we even get one live foal that she will reject it? We appreciate that twin foals are rare to make it to needing delivered but we have a friend with twin clydesdale foals that were overdue and nobody knew she was carrying two! we lost twins 8 weeks prem and we know of 3 other sets of clyde twins all alive and normal (apart from being smaller). I appreciate that my problem posts may seem many but I have never come across a forum that actually talks about breeding!!! I am sharing all my unanswered questions at once!!!!!
Zoe, I've never personally delivered twins so I can't really give you advice on that but I do know of a mare that rejected her first foal and then was fine with all future foals. Ironically, she had twin foals at one point too and did fine. Both were born term and were fine. Rare but does happen. Good luck, keep us posted.
I dont know much about twining but my uncle had an arabian mare who was bred 3 diffrent times with 2 diffrent studs and always had twins. They were always smaller but healthy and she took care of them all. This was a long time ago and in a small town in Virginia where they didnt have a vet with untrasound around.
As for the rejection question, my friend's mare just rejected a foal because a difficult foaling, foal was too big, but this was her second foal and she never rejected the first foal.
I did wonder if having to be assisted and the mare feeling exhausted was enough for her to say parenthood was a NO!! she is a very big roomy mare with plenty room for a foal to grow large inside, he wasn`t a huge foal particularly but he was stuck that the hips. Hopefully it was just the shock but my goodness if we make it to term she`s in for a bigger shock!!!!! We have several mares foaling at the same time so maybe have a candidate for a foster mum, our other mares that are due are experienced mumsy ones that would feed a herd of calves given half a chance so fingers crossed. Maybe we should just hope everything lives for now ...........
Well good luck with it all, I'll have my fingers crossed for ya!
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