A sad ending to a foaling
So many people want to breed their beloved mare to get a baby. Of course we all try to say the things that can happen to the foal, mare or both. The people who want to breed always say" it won't happen to me."
Well, here is a story that shows it can happen.
We treated a two day old foal today, giving him plasma since his maternal antibodies were not stong enough in his body.. The reason? He no longer has a mother. Baby was born about a week early, they were not expecting it, and got up two days ago to a foal running around a mom standing there in the pasture. Baby running and bucking, mom standing still and hollaring at baby. The reason? Mom had broken her back leg so severely it was just "hanging" and she could not walk. She foaled the cute little guy at night and sometime after foaling and when the owners realized he was born that morning, the mare had broken her leg. She did not lay down, refused to lay down and just stood so the baby could drink. He still did not get enough colostrum, hence the plasma. So the owners lost their beloved mare and they are bottle feeding this little guy round the clock..
Hopefully he will make it. Time will tell.
These folks are experienced horse people and it happened to them. I shudder when folks talk about breeding their mare to make a cute baby to love.