Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I am really torn on the subject. I realize that by helping, you can have a bigger chance of preventing injury or death but I think experience plays a huge part - knowing what a normal labor looks like, it's probably just as easy to recognize a mare in trouble as it is to stick your hands up there and check.
In most videos, the biggest issue I have is to many bloody people. They're rushing the mare, talking, squealing, screaming, and the poor mare looks like she wants a transporter straight the heck out of there.
Mares foal alone for a REASON. They don't want you there. Period. She is not your little pet, she is not in need of comforting, she is an animal with very strong instincts and she is trying to get accomplished what comes most naturally to her. Yes, definitely help if she needs it, but otherwise I don't think I can agree that HALF the mares we see assisted have ANY need for a dozen people to be harassing her for 3 hours.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.