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post #11 of 14 Old 12-02-2010, 12:39 PM
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Horses can have foals that are too large or large enough that they require help in delivering a live foal..........while it is not the norm it does happen....especially with maidens..........our very stout maiden had trouble delivering due to the size of the foal......both are lucky to be alive....the only thing that saved them was quick intervention.

The biggest single thing you can do for your mare is to ensure you are there at the time of foaling to help out if needed

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-02-2010, 01:32 PM
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It's very rare ro have a true case of CPD in horse or human. Your mare will grow a baby just right for her body and most likely birth with no problem. I think malpresentation the foal(forms of dystocia etc) is often misinterperited as "big baby syndrome" which leads to the common belief that the foal was "just too big". In reality there is no reliable way to determine whether or not a foal will fit through a pelvis, even after the foal is born. Pelvimitry scans are horribly innacurate and they can't even be relied upon to determine the capacity of the pelvis.

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^Well it is true malpresentation is usually the problem rather than our case it was size plus maiden equals tight fit.....but not so large that it wasn't doeable.......but only doeable with help.

You also have to define too in too large to fit through the birth canal (requiring a c section).....or just big enoough to cause some minor ....or big enough to cause major problems.........there are varying degrees of "too big"

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post #14 of 14 Old 12-06-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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I am planning on staying with her when the time comes and I do thunk she will be fine as at the stud they have a 14 hh brood mare that goes to the same.stallion.
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