Originally Posted by Juna
Oh yeah, wild foals do it by themselves...but I'm sure there have been wild foals that died because of a thicker than usual sack or perhaps a slightly weak foal that couldn't break it, or also it could get tangled up over his nostrils somehow and suffocate him. It's not normal though for a foal to not be able to break the sac. It's usually very thin. Us humans just like to think it's necessary to break it, but it's not really. I always do it, though. The foal's feet is the first thing to puncture the sac, which still leaves most of it sitting on his head, possibly covering nostrils. The foal can take his first breath that much sooner if I'm there to lift it.
Ah yup that makes perfect sense :) Fair enough!