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post #1 of 9 Old 05-08-2014, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Foal backwards and upside down

This could very well have been the scariest day of my life. I bought a proven broodmare last fall already pregnant because I was confident that she would know what she was doing and it would be a good first baby to have here. I was planning to see how I liked the whole process.
Well let me tell you today she was uncomfortable and up and down. Her water broke but there was no progress so I phoned a friend who has oodles of foaling experience. He rushed over and before long was shoulder deep in my mare because the baby was upside down and backwards. The prognosis looked grim. I thought we lost my mare. Twice. She was lying there with her tongue hanging out and hardly moving and then seemed to dig deep and find some strength to live. He was able to get the baby flipped over ( with much difficulty) and got a hold of the back feet of the foal. At this point we were in save the mare mode and to our surprise after the foal was pulled out by two grown men the colt was alive.
My mare was so weak but we were able to get the baby close to her mouth and that seemed to lift her spirits. She licked him and gained energy. She was able to stand and baby started to suck (eventually). The placenta came out in one piece and the vet came to find pulse temp and internal exam normal. She was given bute and penicillin and shortly she was pretty much her normal self. I cannot believe it. Baby is wobbly as heck but learning quickly, passed merconium, eating well and I cannot believe it.
My question is this - what are the chances of this happening!? What are the chances of both surviving?! I feel lucky and unlucky all at once.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-08-2014, 01:40 AM
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I have no idea but I probably would have had a few heart attacks throughout the day!!

So glad mom and baby are doing well. Watch your mare for the next few days just to make sure.

And also, PICTURES!

Oh, and as for your original question, I would assume it's an uncommon thing to happen.
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Mom and baby his name is Lucky.
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You are very lucky! If there was noone to come out and help and manage to flip the foal over, you would most likely had a completely different outcome..

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Wow so glad you were lucky and Lucky is just adorable.
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I used to briefly work for a gypsy breeding farm. they use larger surrogate mares to foal out the foals because the are so big 0.o! You are very lucky both are ok!
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YOu are soo lucky. My foal was born with a deformed cannon bone in the rear leg because he was very big. My vet said it is very rare, in fact, with an internet search I never found anything like it. There is a member here that has a foal with a similar thing and her colt grew up fine and she is riding him now.

We should all be playing the lottery with our luck huh?

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I've seen it once, mom and son lived, son became a successful race horse.
Mare went through hell and back until vet arrived and they pulled him out.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-17-2014, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Indeed the vet was very impressed by my friends foal turning ability. It was horrible and that mare is the toughest horse ever. We were actually in "save the mare" mode when the foal was pulled out we were very surprised to see that he was still alive.
I owe my friend BIG time. The vet told me that backwards and upside down is rare and both horses surviving it is incredible. I should buy a lottery ticket.
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