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post #1 of 14 Old 12-03-2013, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Twin Foals??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-poku055d-Q

I found this video and thought how odd it was that all three survived. Is it even normal for all three to survive?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-03-2013, 03:25 PM
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It says right in the video info that fewer than 1 percent of twin foal births are successful ;)

It's rare for a mare to be pregnant with twins. Even rarer for them all to survive. It's why twins are often aborted. This is a rare happy case.
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Very dangerous and very rare. That's such a sweet story! I'd love to see what they look like now.
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It's not rare for a mare to be pregnant with twins but it's dangerous for her to carry twins, which is why ultrasounds are so very important. For the mare and future foal's health, one of them needs to be pinched.
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It's not rare for a mare to be pregnant with twins but it's dangerous for her to carry twins, which is why ultrasounds are so very important. For the mare and future foal's health, one of them needs to be pinched.
Yes, that's what I meant by rare.. In the video it sounded as though she didn't know she was carrying twins.. If I had a pregnant mare I'd make it a priority to keep a close eye on this.
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Twins are rare and very dangerous.

My mare is actually a twin. Both her and her sister survived, which is rare. Both are 20 now and going strong.

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A lot of the risk of having twins is in both delivery and in the days after the birth. Twins are not terribly uncommon or unheard of in cattle, but cattle are a lot less delicate than horses. Horse twins are often very small and can have some serious immune issues. They for whatever reason, tend to be a bit weaker (probably in part due to their small size) which means for them to get up and nurse is a big event. If the foals are not up and nursing with a maximum of four hours they don't have an immune system. Which is bad news bears for the babies.

There are folks who do not ultrasound for twins. Which means they don't catch and pinch twins. A number of mares who conceive twins will actually abort or reabsorb both fetuses. Its those mares that don't abort the fetus and are not ultrasounded that result in the live birth of twins.
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I would love to know what become of these foals, how they grew up
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-04-2013, 03:48 AM
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im a member of a foal club page on facebook and this year there where 3 sets of twins born from 3 different people which surprised me I thought they were a lot less common well to both be born healthy anyway. My mare had her 14 day scan a few weeks back now she had twins which surprised me but were plain as day to see on the scanner. Anyway we got one popped just 2 many risks in my opinion to go through with a twin pregnancy though I've heard sometimes they can be missed on scans.
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About two years ago an ultrasound showed that my mare was carrying twins. We tried to pinch one of them out, but sadly they were too close together and we lost both fetus. Which was very unpleasent because I paid a fortune (at least at the time it was a fortune for me) to breed her to that stallion (who btw was sold to California couple months ago, and I guess that the fact that someone in USA bought him from Europe, Latvia, is a proof of his quality).

Anyway - I personaly know 3 horses, who were twins - all of them are smaller than they should be, but any other way they are healthy, except one mare that is infertile. This year I heard story about twin foal being born somewhere in my country. They survived and are also healthy.

But, if I had a mare pregnant with twins now, I would definitely choose to end pregnancy or pinch one out. That is too risky, there is too slight chance that your foals will survive.
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