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    05-12-2012, 10:08 AM
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Lost foals

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".
     
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    05-12-2012, 10:22 AM
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Coughing... is your hay dusty?

Also are mares going to term? Going over? Fescue hay toxicity?
     
    05-12-2012, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by 22horses    
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".
Do you vaccinate???

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    05-12-2012, 05:29 PM
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Hard to say but doubt it has anything to do with something wrong but just down to sod's law.

I have been breeding horses for a long time and have had similar happen. I have noticed that in one year several might have umbilical hernias - and not just with mine but several in my vet's care.

It is not just with horses - I now only have 10 ewes, for three years they have all lambed out, no problem, last year I had 225% lambs - all had twins bar four and they had triplets - all lambed without aid and all survived and did well. All were born within a week.
This year I had the first lamb two weeks ago, a single that has neurological damage. One ewe had a dead twin lamb, one tiny set of twins and a single - the others are still pregnant!
I am not the only one who has had a poor season.

When a birth with horses is poorly presented you have very little time to get things sorted. It is never easy on a big horse to get a leg forward I would not like to try on a mini, though I would if necessary.

Hard luck on you in your final season.
     

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