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.