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    04-07-2010, 11:16 AM
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Weanling
Twin Foals! (alive and well)

A local mare (here in San Diego) gave birth to twin foals earlier this week. A colt and a filly. They are being kept at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The filly had to have her leg cast but is doing well.

Full story here: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local-beat/Foals-Chances-of-Survival-Are-1-in-15...


Live streaming video: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sunnyandangeltwinfoals
     
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    04-07-2010, 11:27 AM
  #2
Weanling
Cool! They are so little!
     
    04-07-2010, 11:28 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Awwww, for some reason that brought tears to my eyes! Theyre cute! And the mother looks exhausted in the picture! Hope it all keeps going well! :)
     
    04-07-2010, 11:29 AM
  #4
Yearling
Awwww! They are sooooo cute! And little!
     
    04-07-2010, 11:34 AM
  #5
Weanling
I know! Earlier the filly was standing completly under her momma nursing. Hope they all make it.
     
    04-07-2010, 11:46 AM
  #6
Trained
This seems be become more and more common. There have been several twins this year that are also doing well.
     
    04-07-2010, 12:24 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
This seems be become more and more common. There have been several twins this year that are also doing well.
It is more and more common to have twin pregnancies due to bad breeding management (not doing 21 day and later confirmation so that a twin can be pinched). However, if you look at the literature there has been no increase in success rate of the foals overall. We have had 3 sets of twins so far this year, all dead, and lost one mare because of it.

This story has a cute and so far happy outcome but please don't let it fool anyone in to thinking mares should be allowed to have twin pregnancies progress!!
     
    04-07-2010, 12:34 PM
  #8
Banned
Awesome!!
     
    04-07-2010, 12:40 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
It is more and more common to have twin pregnancies due to bad breeding management (not doing 21 day and later confirmation so that a twin can be pinched). However, if you look at the literature there has been no increase in success rate of the foals overall. We have had 3 sets of twins so far this year, all dead, and lost one mare because of it.

This story has a cute and so far happy outcome but please don't let it fool anyone in to thinking mares should be allowed to have twin pregnancies progress!!
I agree that mares should be checked at 18 days and again at 28. If they have twins they should be pinched. However that does not change the fact that there are more cases of mares having twins and having viable set. There is a mare owner on HGS who has a set of twins this year and last I looked they are doing well. They would be about 2 weeks now. There are several others this year who are also doing well.

Will have to see what long term affect there are on the foals and their growth.
     
    04-07-2010, 12:42 PM
  #10
Started
They're very lucky! The filly is so cute on the live stream... dragging her little cast around (definite "awwwww" moment) ;)

And Sunny looks like a little pistol!

Gah! So cute!
     

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