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    06-04-2012, 08:21 AM
  #11
Yearling
Abortion? From what you describe, at best, it would be induced premature labor. It's my understanding this would put the filly in as much distress as the actual birth. I could be wrong of course, but she is likely very close to foaling anyways, especially if the yellow spots are wax.
     
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    06-04-2012, 08:24 AM
  #12
Trained
It is far too late to do anything about the pregnancy now.
Just prepare for the foal.
A Noriker stallion maybe the father? Are you in Europe? Shalom
     
    06-04-2012, 08:31 AM
  #13
Trained
Did the vet say how far along she is? I don't understand the vet asking someone at the school "what she thinks we should do." Can you explain what the discussion was about? Maybe about nutrition? Or was it something about the birthing itself?

I don't see the point of an abortion if she is as far along as I think. Does your father have much experience with horses to be suggesting an abortion? The only reason I could see for an abortion would be if the size of the foal poses a risk to the mare and the foal would be surgically removed.

Good luck.
     
    06-04-2012, 09:02 AM
  #14
Foal
I'd think it was too late to do anything now too...
As far as for the size, as far as I know, when the stallion is bigger, the foal usually is born the 'right' size for the mare, but then grows a LOT when its growing... Could be wrong though :p
Hope everything goes well.
     
    06-04-2012, 09:03 AM
  #15
Trained
Northern Momma, I suspect the OP is in northern Austria or maybe Czech.
I may be mistaken but I do not think there are many Norikers in this country.
It may also explain why the vet is so hard to access.
Then again I may be wrong.
The Op's post is like any other american's and her command of english is very good so I might be totally in left feild here. Shalom
     
    06-04-2012, 09:10 AM
  #16
Trained
Bob is correct. A foal is almost always born the right size for the mare to birth, and then grows quickly after birth if there is going to be a large height difference. Most of the time, the issues with large stallions over small mares have to do with two things - first is the covering of the mare, which is clearly not a problem in this case. The other is if the foal grows too fast. This can cause leg issues, but mostly it causes issues with the foal not being able to get under to the udder. From what I understand, Norikers are not hugely tall.
     
    06-04-2012, 09:35 AM
  #17
Foal
No, I meant induced labor! It just depends on whether our mare could go through all of this unharmed, because the last thing we want to do is hurt her in any way, that's why he's asking his friend as she is a specialist/teacher at the gynaecology department!
We're just asking for opinions here, I do not want to induce labor and then put the foal to sleep because it is too young to survive (which is the option I called abortion), it just depends on how safe it is for our mare! I know that it would definitely be very stressful for her as her body is not ready to give birth just yet...
But he also examined her udder and said that the yellow dots do not necessarily have to be wax just yet, and the region around her tail is not really as relaxed as it could be, so she could still have another month or so! Also, it would be her first foal, so signs could or could not indicate labor..

I don't know, she looks very healthy and happy to me, so I think she should be just fine, I do not want to induce labor, I just want two healthy and happy horses after all is said and done!
     
    06-04-2012, 09:38 AM
  #18
Trained
The best bet is to wait and let her have it naturally. Inducing labor in mares is not recommended unless it is a last resort/life or death thing. The chance that the foal would be able to survive outside after inducing labor isn't really good. Horses do not have due dates either. The foal when they are ready and no sooner.
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    06-04-2012, 09:45 AM
  #19
Trained
Here is a good article I think you should read - Is my mare overdue?


There are more good articles on that site. Equine Reproduction Articles

The owners of that site are extremely knowledgeable and I would suggest messaging them if you have questions. They specialize in equine reproduction. I know that one of the site owners does come to this forum on occasion as well.
     
    06-04-2012, 11:57 AM
  #20
Weanling
Ok not to be insensitive here but is anyone else just a bit jealous that has a 5 year old or better mare that you hve gone through several heat cycles to no avail? Then you see these too young fillies walk by a stallion and come up in foal? Sometimes it just aint fair...lol Just looking at the pics it appears that she is carrying fine and although the delivery could be troublesome and therefore expensive, better tell dad to get the checkbook warmed up. This one won't be cheap, but it should work out fine.
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