What a bad foaling year... :( Lost two foals this week
This past fall we had two mares abort foals that were 6 months along. I posted about it when it happened. Both foals went off to USDA for testing everything came back normal.. vet said i had crap luck. So we trudged on. Our foaling season was going pretty well up until this week. Healthy happy foals.. then tragedy came again!
My horses live outside with a pretty large run in.. 20x 30.. well one of the mares who slipped her foal decided the run in was all hers.. gave a pretty nasty hard kick to Belle and ran her into a wall... she aborted her foal at 290 days the very next day. *sigh* He was a beautiful black leopard colt ...
then not 3 days later.. my nicest foal this year whom i wanted to keep... went down in the am while i was putting out new hay and graining mares. rolling.. called the vet out.. he decided that he probably had telescoped his intestines (colic) and his only option was surgery but even with surgery he felt pretty confident he wouldnt make it... we humanely euthanized him there... Necropsy confirmed vets diagnosis...
*sigh* this is definitely the downside of being a breeder.. and this is the worst year I have ever had. I feel so downtrodden about it all...
RIP boys.. you are so very much missed and were loved from before your conception.
Condolences, sorry for your losses.
sorry for your losses.
So sorry to hear this Ghostwind - I notice your pasture is full of clover - were the mares grazing this? Clovers especially red clover and sub-terranian clover contain phyto-oestrogens which interfere with hormones and reproduction.
May be way off beam here, but worth looking in to. Lucerne (alfalfa) can also cause problems for the same reasons.
Just a thought :-)
Very sad :(
I'm sorry for your loss. :-(
So sorry for your loss. :(
I am so so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what sadness you are going through!
My condolences to you. He sure was beautiful.
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