05-12-2012, 10:08 AM
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25 years of breeding, last 12 breeding miniature horses. Some years we had no foal crop for reasons unknown/environmental ? Tough winters, or very few and usually breed 3-4. This year we had 6 mares in foal. First two foaled (with help, rather unusual), next foal was head down between chest and one leg back, didn't survive. Baby 4 was born a few hours ago, again, one leg back and seriously wedged, maiden mare, rushed to the vets but it was of course too late. We have a virus going through with these minis coughing now for 3 weeks and wondered if that was contributing. We have NEVER lost babies, much less 2 in a row. Neither of these would have been born without intervention, and we were there within the first 5 minutes on all 4! Has anyone experienced anything like this? The irony is it was our last year breeding for personal reasons. We are careful breeders, and often keep our babies for years until sold rather than "dumped".