Baby stories. - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Narnia... Caspian says Hi
Posts: 38
• Horses: 1
Wink Baby stories.

One of our babys was 2 months late, he was a tiny little thing, and we thought he wouldent live. now he's grown up, with the name of Charlie (Charlie the unicorn) and his best friend Mercedes. But, I want to know, what miracles, or wonderful stories have you had from you babies birth?

Mercedes left, Charlie right
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P1010286.jpg (46.5 KB, 74 views)

Reining is like dancing, and the horse is your dance partner.
CustomLegacy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 02:40 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,290
• Horses: 2
Wow, two months late. That's a miracle he was okay.

My first ever foal experience was a bit of a nightmare. Everything seemed to go wrong except for the birth itself, which I missed.

I first found my foal on one of my late night checks on my mare. It was about 1 am and here is this little wet foal just standing up! Since he was spraddle legged and still wet, I figured he had only been out of mom for maybe 1/2 hour or so (?)

So I check him over and find that one of his legs is deformed. Not the usual week tendons or crooked knees, but the cannon bone itself just didn't look normal. So I went and grabbed iodine to dip his navel and called two of my friends who were on standby for the foaling. I was so heart broken. I thought for sure the vet would tell me to put him down.

Much to my surprise, the vet didn't even want to put him down. The vet didn't even want to see him right away! It took 2-3 days for the vet to come out and look him over. In the meantime, I was scared the prognosis would be bad and was afraid to name or bond with my first-ever foal.

So the vet came out and proclaimed it an extensor tendon injury and that he would be fine. Relief at last! Until his navel broke open a few days later and exuded pus. It then became apparent that every time he peed, a few drops of urine would come out his navel. It was a patent urachus. That's why he became infected. So he was put on antibiotics and I was constantly treating the navel with iodine hoping it would form scar tissue and he wouldn't have to have surgery to fix it. Luckily it did.

Then one night not long after, I went out to check on him and he was terribly constipated. He had chewed up some of the bedding (straw) and wasn't able to chew or digest it, so he was all clogged up and trying to push it out. I didn't want to wake anyone up, so I gave him an enema in the middle of the night, by myself. Luckily he was small enough for me to wrangle by myself.

Then he got the foal heat scours a couple days after that and I was constantly cleaning up his little bum and putting diaper rash cream on it.

So, when he was about a 1 1/2 months old, and the leg STILL wasn't getting any better, and I finally talked the vet into x-raying it. As it turns out, his cannon bone IS deformed.

The good news is, he has always been sound on it. So I pray he always will be. That leg is about one inch shorter than the other due to the deformity.

So that is the story of my first and only foal, Zane. He is 8 months old and very healthy and sassy. I hope to keep him forever and that we can become life-long best friends. But boy, it has been A LOT of tears for me, and an uphill battle all the way. I had no idea raising a foal would be so hard! It's kind of a shame that I couldn't really truly enjoy him right after his birth because I was so afraid I would loose him. And then he had one health issue right after another. There was scarcely any breaks in-between!

And I forgot to mention that when he was gelded at 5 months he also came down with an infection! What are the odds of that? I exercised him exactly as I was supposed to. But he had some tissue hanging out of one of his incisions, so I think that was a factor.

So here is my unruly child. He is going to give me a head full of gray hair!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Zaneball1.jpg (93.5 KB, 64 views)
File Type: jpg zane devil2.jpg (97.2 KB, 68 views)
File Type: jpg zanesnow3.jpg (88.9 KB, 64 views)
trailhorserider is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Was in Ocala, Fl Now In West Union SC!
Posts: 3,175
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
Wow, two months late. That's a miracle he was okay.

My first ever foal experience was a bit of a nightmare. Everything seemed to go wrong except for the birth itself, which I missed.

I first found my foal on one of my late night checks on my mare. It was about 1 am and here is this little wet foal just standing up! Since he was spraddle legged and still wet, I figured he had only been out of mom for maybe 1/2 hour or so (?)

So I check him over and find that one of his legs is deformed. Not the usual week tendons or crooked knees, but the cannon bone itself just didn't look normal. So I went and grabbed iodine to dip his navel and called two of my friends who were on standby for the foaling. I was so heart broken. I thought for sure the vet would tell me to put him down.

Much to my surprise, the vet didn't even want to put him down. The vet didn't even want to see him right away! It took 2-3 days for the vet to come out and look him over. In the meantime, I was scared the prognosis would be bad and was afraid to name or bond with my first-ever foal.

So the vet came out and proclaimed it an extensor tendon injury and that he would be fine. Relief at last! Until his navel broke open a few days later and exuded pus. It then became apparent that every time he peed, a few drops of urine would come out his navel. It was a patent urachus. That's why he became infected. So he was put on antibiotics and I was constantly treating the navel with iodine hoping it would form scar tissue and he wouldn't have to have surgery to fix it. Luckily it did.

Then one night not long after, I went out to check on him and he was terribly constipated. He had chewed up some of the bedding (straw) and wasn't able to chew or digest it, so he was all clogged up and trying to push it out. I didn't want to wake anyone up, so I gave him an enema in the middle of the night, by myself. Luckily he was small enough for me to wrangle by myself.

Then he got the foal heat scours a couple days after that and I was constantly cleaning up his little bum and putting diaper rash cream on it.

So, when he was about a 1 1/2 months old, and the leg STILL wasn't getting any better, and I finally talked the vet into x-raying it. As it turns out, his cannon bone IS deformed.

The good news is, he has always been sound on it. So I pray he always will be. That leg is about one inch shorter than the other due to the deformity.

So that is the story of my first and only foal, Zane. He is 8 months old and very healthy and sassy. I hope to keep him forever and that we can become life-long best friends. But boy, it has been A LOT of tears for me, and an uphill battle all the way. I had no idea raising a foal would be so hard! It's kind of a shame that I couldn't really truly enjoy him right after his birth because I was so afraid I would loose him. And then he had one health issue right after another. There was scarcely any breaks in-between!

And I forgot to mention that when he was gelded at 5 months he also came down with an infection! What are the odds of that? I exercised him exactly as I was supposed to. But he had some tissue hanging out of one of his incisions, so I think that was a factor.

So here is my unruly child. He is going to give me a head full of gray hair!
You should make your own post called so you really want to breed? and have it stickied!

My name is now my horses on a dor not my horse sonador
myhorsesonador is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 03:06 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,290
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by myhorsesonador View Post
You should make your own post called so you really want to breed? and have it stickied!
Yeah, it does serve as a good warning, doesn't it?

I bought my mare already bred. I actually considered it sort of a miracle since I didn't know she was pregnant and I always wanted a foal. Be careful what you wish for, lol!

But I am not the breeding police. That is actually one of my pet peeves- people telling people whether or not they should breed their horses. Or not to breed grade horses, etc. I actually have no problem with grades. I think they make great horses.

My friend bought a mare from the same place. Hers also had a foal. Not a single issue. Sigh! I am just unlucky that way.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 04:49 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,425
• Horses: 6
I bred my mare in 2008, she threw a colt for the life of me in 2009 at 308 days of gestation and yet he was still a healthy bugger. I really didn't want a colt out of her but something told me I was gonna get it. Though he came out looking exactly like his mother and gave me a run for my money just like her. Stubborn and headstrong. Even though he was taught not to bite no matter what when he met someone new he would intimidate them and get a fun time out of it when they got scared and didn't teach him wrong. He wouldn't do it to me or anyone in my family but not to anyone new. His mother never taught him wrong either, he would jump on every horse I got, two mares and two geldings, they all tolerated him. So I guess that is my baby story, this next time I'll be sure to teach differently.

Last edited by Ladybug2001; 03-15-2011 at 04:54 PM.
Ladybug2001 is offline  
Reply

Tags
babie , babies , baby

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Horse Stories! Nomi Horse Talk 16 06-12-2015 11:03 PM
First jump stories... horsea Jumping 19 01-17-2010 11:40 PM
Embarrassing stories? Thatgirlsacowboy General Off Topic Discussion 5 12-25-2009 04:45 PM
I FELL OFF! WOO! [stories here] :D :D Peartree Horse Talk 24 11-25-2008 04:58 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome