Originally Posted by wranglerman
I feel for the mare and the owner, the foal knew nothing of a life and I hope its suffering was minimal.
Do you guys have birthing/foaling centres over there?
We use a birthing centre here where the sew magnets into the vagina of the mare so that when the foal breaks the contacts a phone call to a cell phone or a radio signal to a reciever to alert them of the birth.
I know exactly whats being thought now, "it costs too much to use one of these centres!!!", and yes it does cost, but we factor this cost into the total breeding costs for the mare, if I can afford the studd fees for a popular stallion, the vet costs, the stabling, the keep of my mare at home then I can afford the birthing centre!! I mean would you want to spend €3,000 ($4,500) on 1 straw(0.25ml to be exact) of Mr. Blue(retro jumping stallion), then possibly another €350 ($475) on insemination and stabling fees at the breeding centre, it still costs me at least €1000 ($1500) to keep my mare a year at home, and there are the rest of the costs too but for another time, for me the birhting centre makes sense, proffesionals dedicated to making sure it does not go wrong.
What do others think?
I've never heard of a birthing center for horses. Maybe somewhere breeding is more popular they have them but not around here. I wouldn't have made much of a difference in this case anyway because the owner and 4 other people from the barn were all there when she was in labor and everything appeared fine apparently, like I said, I'm not sure if the foal was still born or died during labor since I wasn't there and really don't want to ask the owner to relive the trauma just for a few irrelevant details.
Anyway, update on Tina! She is coming home tomorrow! She didn't need surgery after all because her body started healing itself very rapidly and there was no need. She lost half of her blood by the time she got to the hospital and they didn't think she would make it through the night, but she has beat all the odds and is now coming home! Her owner is going to have to keep flushing her uterus to keep infection away. Although now that I type that I'm unsure how they got it back in without surgery. I would think that the safer choice would be to remove it because of all the bacteria that I would assume was on it, but I don't know a whole lot about breeding horses and I've never heard of a horse prolapsing her uterus, and in all my years as a small animal vet tech I think I only saw it happen to one dog. The details really aren't that important. All that matters is that Tina is coming home and I would image her prognosis is very good now since she is stable enough to leave.