Originally Posted by themacpack
Couldn't agree more - I find in browsing the videos on YouTube (be it foaling, calving, whelping, kidding - you name it, yes, I have a strange obsession with the birth process) 99% of the time you see INTERFERENCE and not INTERVENTION.
People don't seem to know the difference *s* I have watched several of these mare stare births now, and with the exception (somewhat, they did pull the baby in the end) of the Treasure mare youtube clip that was posted, every single foal has been yanked. I've attended and helped with a lot of births, and have only occasionally (mainly with the minis, again) been in a situation where pulling was needed. There is no reason to pull a foal that is coming with no issues on it's own, and I don't believe it's any help to the mare to get in there and risk making things go faster than they should or are ready to. Yes, get in and help IF YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, but again, only if it's NEEDED, not just because you are impatient.