Originally Posted by RiverBelle
Im sorry to report that last night, sometime after the sun went down and before the sun came up, Rose laid down to have her colt. It came out ears first, with it's nose tucked into it's chest, and sadly, neither Rose nor the colt made it. I feel like it was my fault because I hadn't even gone down to check her, but her bag was not full, and her hind end was not relaxed enough. The colt was alive just the day before because I saw it moving around. My dad assured me that there was nothing we could do, and even if I had been there, caught it, and called the vet, the foal wouldn't have made it, and the mare most likely wouldn't either because they would have had to cut her open to get the foal out. I hadn't checked on her because I thought she wasn't ready... but either way, they both didn't make it.
Oh, and just the crown and the ears made it out.. and it was a black mule foal...
I'm very sorry for your loss, but I have to disagree that the mare and foal couldn't of been saved.
Timely intervention could have turn the foal's head. Iif not a fetotomy can be done... aka cutting the foal out of the dam piece by piece and it would have been inside the mare, not cutting up of the mare to get the foal out. Not pretty, but it saves the mare.. things like this are why it is so important to keep an eye on mares ready to foal. It's an unpleasant subject and is a good thing for anyone thinking of breeding to keep in mind...