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post #1 of 17 Old 04-26-2009, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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My mare finally foaled

Sage had a colt 4.5 hours ago. He's yet to nurse though, even with help. Vet is on her way.
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-26-2009, 08:29 AM
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Hi Chet so nice to see you!

Congrats on the colt!

Have you tried syringing in a little colostrum to get him going?

Also smearing milk all over the udder helps so they smell it.

I think the most frustrating thing in the world is trying to get a foal to nurse that just doesnt get it

Sending good thoughts!

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Little colt is a dummy foal. Cord was twisted when he came out, and he was a tight fit, so must've gotten a little deprived of oxygen. Vet gave him DMSO and fluids. We milked Sage (what a WONDERFUL girl she is, SO much different that she was when I bought her and you couldn't even get near her!) and tubed it into him. We're hoping he starts nursing. He now goes to the right area, even touches the nipples, just doesn't latch on. If he doesn't figure it out he has to go to the horspital so they can continue to tube feed him :(
Appearently I forget Sage was not tested for silver. I think I had her tested before silver came out. Anyhow, this guy sure looks to be a silver black appy! He has the sclera, mottling and striped hooves, so should roan out like Sage.
And he has a name: Shakespeare! Here's why:
We have 5 mini aussies, and one, well, he's kinda dumb. We say he's special. His name is Toby. Sometimes we say Toby, or not Toby (like "to be, or not to be" but pronounced with his name instead of to be). Even before the term dummy foal was brought up to Craig, he said he's slow like Toby, and said we should name him Shakespeare. I love it ;) I think his registered name will be CheyAuts To Be Or Not To Be ;)
Of course, we got NO sleep last night, and I can't sleep yet.... I'm exhausted....
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Oh, poor little one! Hang in there baby!! Hopefully he will get enough colostrum in him to make it. Oxygen deprivation is a weird thing. My youngest was born with a heart defect that turned her black when she was born and she was in a state of oxygen deprivation (70% saturation rather than 100%) until her surgery at 11 days old. She does have some minor behavioral issues but she is smart as anything. It's amazing how the young, flexible brain can recover. Hope Shakespeare makes it. Pictures please!!!!

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We had our first dummy foal last year. Finally after about 8.5 hrs he woke up and knew he was a horse and finally latched on. Until them we fed him from a baby bottle as he would suck it fine just not his dam. We found the best nipples are the old style regular baby bottle nipples (not the fancy ones) just make the holes a little bigger with a hot needle. I know our vet said it can take up to 24 hrs for them to fully come out of it

I can just imagine how exhausted you are. I know with ours we were up all night until he finally latched on at 6 am

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Yeah, we have few of thoughs horses at our barn who just dont get it.
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There has been an unusually high number of foaling problems this year between dummy foals, early foals, some just going after for no apparent reason.

It has been noticed over the whole breeding population so no one breed or breeder is more prevelant than any other.
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We took him to the horsepital this morning as he still wasn't getting it.
I haven't heard from the vet since then, so no news is good news I guess... they said they'd call in the morning or if anything changed. I really want to call and see if he's being tubed or able to drink from a bottle or Sage, but it would just be paging the emergency line, so I haven't yet... might end up doing so, not sure.

They said sometimes dummy foals get worse over the first 24 hours, so let's hope he improves! They expected him to remain in the horspital for 48 hours! I hope he figures out nursing and can come home tomarrow instead!

Soon as we got home I went to bed and just woke up. It was good to sleep!

I took some photos of Shakespeare this morning and will upload them later tonight. Right now gotta go feed the horses, then ourselves and we're going to just take it easy and watch TV so not sure just yet when I"ll get to the photos, but sometime before tomarrow lol :)

He's so darn cute... I don't keep colts but this guy may just get to stay here, we'll see lol ;) Sure is costing us a fortune, and I doubt I could sell him for what he's costing us lol! Maybe a future driving gelding? If he stays under 35" he could be Craig's next drill team horse, since Craig's current one is 25 years old. We'll see ;) Sage is 36.5-37, and Spin is 33, so he might.

Oh, do you think it should be
CheyAuts To Be Or Not To Be
or
CheyAuts ToBe Or Not ToBe? (due to the Toby or not Toby being how he got his name?) Actually I have to double check length allowance but think it might need to be the latter due to space, as that's 25 letters and I think that may be the max in AMHR....
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Vet called about an hour ago, he's finally latching on! Not for long periods, but he's getting it, wahoo! :) His IgG was low at only 400 so he got plasma. Vet said he's not out of the woods yet, sometimes dummy foals will be fine for the first 24 hours and then go downhill from there, so still hoping and praying, but at least we got some good news! :)
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-27-2009, 07:20 AM
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Im glad at least hes getting there! Sending more good thoughts


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