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post #71 of 83 Old 05-23-2012, 11:05 PM
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Sorry for your loss... what an ordeal :(

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post #72 of 83 Old 05-24-2012, 01:20 AM
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Sounds like she could have been a dummy foal.....deprived of oxygen during the birthing process.....when this happens the brain starts to swell and continue to do so for 72 hours......which is what causes the symptoms to worsen......treatment is usually with DMSO to conter act the swelling of the brain.......it was be treated right away for a good outcome......but not all dummy foals need treatment but that will depend on how long they were deprived of oxygen......our first and only foal had a difficult birth but we were there so know exactly what happened.....she was monitored by our vet for the first few hours and because she continued to improve she felt that the swelling would be minimal but we would not be out of the woods for 72 hours.

I'm sorry to hear your foal did not make it.

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post #73 of 83 Old 05-24-2012, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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I also do think she had dummy foal. I started reading about it an hour or so before she passed. Vet never mentioned it. He is not the vet we usually have come out but was the only one on call, since it was a Sunday. Makes me sick to even think about her having it, since it could have been treated. Will they be born up and moving? She was only up and going about 30 mins before she stared falling over. Then her legs would start crossing. By 4 in the morning she couldn't move her head.
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post #74 of 83 Old 05-24-2012, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Vet also said she had a slight
Cardiac Arrhythmia.
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post #75 of 83 Old 05-24-2012, 10:58 AM
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I also do think she had dummy foal. I started reading about it an hour or so before she passed. Vet never mentioned it. He is not the vet we usually have come out but was the only one on call, since it was a Sunday. Makes me sick to even think about her having it, since it could have been treated. Will they be born up and moving? She was only up and going about 30 mins before she stared falling over. Then her legs would start crossing. By 4 in the morning she couldn't move her head.
Yes it is possible for them to be up and moving at the beginning with things worsening as the brain swells.

With our foal it was only slightly noticeable when she attempted to nurse but in all fairness the mare did not have the greatest nipples to latch on to as this was her first......but the important thing was there was steady improvement which meant the brain was not likely swelling any more.....any decline no matter how small it was would have needed immediate attention..........foals crash hard and fast.

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post #76 of 83 Old 05-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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I'm so sorry :(. It such a sad day when we lose foals that are so young. My heart goes out to you.
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post #77 of 83 Old 04-12-2016, 03:17 AM
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I am a breeder of miniature donkeys and had to comment on the hoof question. The pictures posted are completely normal hooves of a mini donkey....their slippers are usually very long compared to horses. We peel them off right after birth because we have had several foals have a hard time standing and walking on their gelatin stilts :) Mini foals are so tiny and light that they also have a harder time wearing them off like a full size horse or donkey foal would.
So sorry for the loss of this beautiful baby but rest assured it was not due to any kind of hoof deformity that prevented standing or walking.
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post #78 of 83 Old 04-12-2016, 05:13 AM
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Agree w last poster. Normal new foal feet. Looks bit diff to horse & donks evolved for hard ground tend to have harder 'slippers' than horses. Surprised vet didnt kno.
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...This thread was from 2012...
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post #80 of 83 Old 04-12-2016, 10:45 PM
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We need photos to see what you are talking about.

Just remember, all of the 'minis' got that small by extreme inbreeding. You see many deformities in all sorts of minis -- if that is what it is.
This might be an old thread but it's great for learning. I hope the donkey breeder will chime in again here.

My education taught me that mini donkeys are mini not due to screwed up genetics, like mini horses. Donkeys have 3 "species". Minis, standards and mammoths.

Also an interesting fact. Donkeys can live on seawater.

I am very glad the breeder posted here, because I would never have known that about the feet of mini donkey babies. So very glad to have learned this! Thank you!
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