I lost a foal to 'wry nose syndrom', can it happen again? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 6 Old 06-20-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question I lost a foal to 'wry nose syndrom', can it happen again?

I lost a foal this spring to 'wry nose syndrom'. I had never seen or heard of it before. My research says it is congenital, but I am concerned it is something the mare will have trouble with again. Has anyone had any experience with this? I do not want to risk this again as it was very difficult and heart breaking to see. I did not take pictures as I was so distraught I could only think of trying to help the foal. I did find picture when I did a search and they were just like the foal I lost. I do not want to put the mare through this again if it is something that is likely to happen to her again.
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Wry nose syndrome is congenital, not genetic.

Unless you fed your mare fescue hay during her pregnancy, there's nothing in her genetics that would have caused it.

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Why the caution of fescue grass? I have my mares on free choice pastures and have never had any problems before. I will do some more research on the fescue grasses. Thanks
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Because there's a fungus that grows on fescue that can cause birth defects in foals.

Better not to feed it than wind up with a foal that has deformities.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 12:24 AM
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Wry nose is not always genetic but it absolutely can be. I used to work with an unethical equine surgeon who would do surgery to correct these foals. The foundation stallion for one of their barns had been corrected as a foal and a HUGE percentage of the foals by him were wry... all also corrected. A big part of the reason we don't have good evidence of the heritability of this deformity (ie. Peer reviewed literature) is because of people who practice such dishonesty. Sad but true what a crap world equine breeding can be. It took a long time to prove the genetic link in camelids too, but it has been shown for certain now and I believe it is only a matter of time before we know this defect is heritable in horses as well.

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30 yrs ago, we had a colt born with this, and lost him also. I didn't know what/why...etc. Now I do. Hope to never see it again, but at lease I will know what it is if I do. We never bred that mare again, so don't know if it would have happened again if we had of.
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