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post #11 of 30 Old 05-26-2013, 11:40 PM
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Have you sent tissues to necropsy? That would be a way to eliminate a whole number of issues including some viral causes.
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post #12 of 30 Old 05-26-2013, 11:49 PM
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What was the diet of the mares?? Many years ago people we know lost several foals,some pretty immediate others lived longer but not beyond a week. They basically lost all the foals but one. That mare with healthy baby was farmed out at someone elses place that winter.There was never any Necropsy's done but thought It was narrowed down to the feedThey had fed Green feed bales alot that winter. Cut too late {will have higher nitrogen levels} .The Mare that had the healthy foal never was exposed to that,being fed differently at another farm.
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The vet said their IgG levels were normal, and yes, he always does hands on work. Also, as I said earlier, he has babies with the same problem, so he wants to find the problem too. No one knows why they stay alive for five days, they just do, no one has to do anything to keep them alive, and as soon as we saw the condition they were in, we milked the mare to get the colostrum, and bottle fed the foal.

Also, the vet had a theory, that the muscle didn't adhere to the bone, but he said he was totally in the dark on this one.
You said they never stood to suckle. So how would their IgG levels be normal?

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post #14 of 30 Old 05-27-2013, 05:45 AM
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just a quick reply, muscle doesnt adhere to bone, the tendons act asa connecter between muscle and bone. I would be looking at dummy foal syndrome. Where you there for the births? Was there any form of dystocia?
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To paintedpastures - We thought it was the feed too, but they were no more then 5 feet apart in a huge pasture with no hay.

To MsBHavin - I said they couldn't stand on their own, of course I helped them stand up, and suck, walk around, someone would hold the mare, and I would lift the baby and put him up to her, and whatever he didn't get, we would bottle feed him... I am not a vet, so i do not know why else his IgG levels were normal.

To DeliciousD - We have alarms and cameras, so yes, we did see the pregnancy, and no, there wasn't. and as for the first part, that is what I meant, about the muscles, bones, and tendons... Maybe there was nothing connecting muscle to bone, because as you can see in the picture, it looks like he has no muscle.

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To me he looks like he's starving. Not that he has no muscle

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post #17 of 30 Old 05-27-2013, 04:32 PM
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That appears to be an extremely thin colt. What supplements/extra feed/hay etc., do you feed your broodmares?

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What time of year do you foal out?
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BD, it could be any number of things, just wanted to say how sorry I am for you. You obviously care a great deal and are doing everything you can and I really feel for you over this.
Just one thing occurred to me - do you get Eastern tent caterpillars there?
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post #20 of 30 Old 05-29-2013, 04:29 PM
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If she is in Calgary they are found there. Merlot do you know if they have determined cause for mares aborting- Is it from their diet of cherry trees and cyanide or the hypodermic nature of the hairs that allows for infectious agents to spread throughout a horses body when ingested?
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