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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Golden Horse- I have thought this through, and I understand that there is a very large chance of her needing assistance. I'm actually already planning for a place for her to stay during the last few weeks of pregnancy that is...safer, than being out in a field with a bunch of other mares. A friend of mine has offered her one stall barn for Sour to give birth in when the time comes. That means that I will be able to watch her more closely (and there will be someone there at all times just meters away, if we see that she has difficulties) and I plan to have a vet on call just in case. I sincerely hope that all goes well, and none of this IS needed, but if it is- I have set aside an amount of money for vet care as well as immunizations once the foal is born and such. Granted, its not a LOT of money- and if the foal has major issure there is a possibility in having to euthenize it (ie, deformities, major health issues, etc) but if it needs a little help along the way, I'm fairly sure that I'll have enough =] I'm surely going to pray that all is well though, and she gives birth to her first (and ONLY if I can help it) foal! I plan to have the foal gelded as soon as it is old enough, if it happens to be a colt also, because there is quite a bit inbreeding in it's bloodlines and keeping it 'intact' even if it is an exceptional baby would be dangerous!
And WickedNag- I do understand that it is common practice to induce a mare to reject her foal before it is born- especially if the breeding was not on purpose as in this case- but I firmly believe that inducing abortion in horses is just as wrong as in humans. I had Sour palpated ( THAT WAS NOT FUN $_$ ) not long ago and such, and the vet said there was about a 70% chance of her producing a healthy foal with no problems at all. I am going to go through the pregnancy with her, but will not hesitate to give any and all assistance needed through birth. Plus, Sour is coming on ten months of pregnancy now, and the foal is almost completely formed. I don't know of very many vets willing to go ahead and abort it at this stage. As I see it, even if it was aborted now, Sour would still have to 'push it out,' even if it was dead. A dead foal of this one's size can do just as much damage as a live one, and I'd like to give this colt or filly a chance at life before I decide anything ^_^
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