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post #1 of 3 Old 10-25-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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What are the causes of foal death?

I was told my mare had a foal before and it died. I don't have any particulars on what happened except I think that she did something to it accidently. Does anyone have any idea what could cause this?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-25-2008, 11:47 PM
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ooh wow... could be anything from the sac not breaking, and the foal suffocating, to the foal's heart not being closed, to an accident with the mare and foal... could be anything.

Sorry I'm no help.

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There are countless things that can affect the foal that could cause death. From genetic issues, mare issues, health of mare, health of foal, injury, illness....

Did they say anything about it? Was it was still born? Premature? Did it die during birth? After a few hours/days? Did it die later on in life(between newborn and weanling)? Did it drink, was it doctored, IGg? You have to have the facts before you can say what it was that caused it.

When my colt was four days old, he got a condition called "Joint Ill" in his stifle. He could not stand on his own that day because it hurt him so bad. When the vet came out, he gave my colt a 50/50 chance of surviving the night, and if he did, the vet said he would have to flush the joint of infection which could potentially cause severe damage to the joint, giving this four day old baby a "pasture pet" status for the rest of his life. The vet gave him a bunch of meds that night, and it seems we caught it in time, because when the vet came out the next morning, he had improved so much that the vet decided to not flush the joint and to get him on a series of shots. He didn't even get to go outside until he was two weeks old. A year later, he has not had a single soundness issue.

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