what to expect if twins arrive?
First off, please don't tell me all about how a vet should be involved and ultra-sounds should have been done more often, etc. etc... The past is done, life has changed, it's not my horse, we're doing the best we can with what we've got available, the owner is experienced at breeding and birthing but any money right now must be saved for emergencies. So, that leaves us with her experience, my closeness and willingness and me reading whatever I can about foaling because I have no experience at all with it.
So, the mare is healthy and if only one foal is there we don't foresee any problems ('course we never do, right?) However, there is a definite possibility that there could be twins, not likely, but possible. Main contributing factors are: that the stud farm didn't do as told and breed in successive days without checking in between for multiple follicles; mare is not officially due for another 6 weeks, but has shown behaviorial signs and minor physical signs of preparation already; and mare is HUGE -- really! She hardly fit through the door when the farrier came out. She's gotta be close to 5 feet across. This will be her second (and third?) baby. One good sign though is that when the baby kicked last week, it seemed like only one... but does that really mean anything? Hmmm... dunno...
Vet is a minimum of 1/2hr away. I am only 2 minutes away and am on call to help if needed. So, my questions are:
Any good reading material out there? I'm touring the 'net and reading my vet books, but if anyone has something really good, please pass it along.
What happens when twins are born? How does this change the birthing process? Will the stronger one come first? What are the increased risk to the mare? What can/should we do before the vet arrives?
I'm sure my friend knows a lot of this stuff already with her background, but maybe I'll glean a little piece of information here that will help us.
Thanks for any advice, but please no lectures, K?