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post #1 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Would a pregnant horse be put down if it breaks a leg?

For story writing purposes only….

I understand why a horse with a broken leg usually needs to be put down. But what if that horse is pregnant? Would any effort be made to keep it alive in order to give birth? How far into the pregnancy?

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:17 PM
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Depends on a lot of things. The type of break, location of the break, if the blood supply is intact to the area, how far along the horse is in the pregnancy and on the temperament of the horse.

If the horse is far enough along in the pregnancy, they could probably induce labor, although that is something you usually want to avoid.

It also depends on how much money the owner wants to spend. Think of Barbaro for instance. Or Charismatic. Here are some pictures of Charismatic's leg after surgery.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Depends on a lot of things. The type of break, location of the break, if the blood supply is intact to the area, how far along the horse is in the pregnancy and on the temperament of the horse.

If the horse is far enough along in the pregnancy, they could probably induce labor, although that is something you usually want to avoid.

It also depends on how much money the owner wants to spend. Think of Barbaro for instance. Or Charismatic. Here are some pictures of Charismatic's leg after surgery.
Charismatic Update - Horse Racing - 06/06/99
I should specify that the injury would be of such a nature that the horse would ordinarily be put down and will be put down after it gives birth. Does such a thing happen where the injury would be treated well enough so that the horse can still give birth before dying?
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:25 PM
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Also would depend on the value of the prospective foal. If the foal was an extremely high value potential most likely more efforts would be made to save it than an average horse.
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:37 PM
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I guess that would depend on many factors. The owner of the horse, the severity of the break, the financial standing of the owner, the circumstances of where the break occurres.

Personally, I would not dump a ton of money into keeping a horse alive soley for the the foal. That's a lot of money out of my pocket and a lot of pain and suffering on the mares part. Financially, you'd likely end up putting more money into keeping the mare alive then the foal will be worth. Then you have a foal without a mother on your hands...
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 12:43 PM
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If the horse would still have to be put down after birth in the story I would say it wouldn't be normally be kept alive for the sake of the foal being born because of the pressure on the leg during the last part of the pregnancy. If it was a particurlalry high value foal, it would most likely be coming from a high value mare so then they'd probably try and keep both alive by "fixing" the leg? I don't know about perhaps in the story inducing the mare into labour early if the pregnancy was far enough along to make the foals survival feasable?
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post #7 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I believe my question has been sufficiently answered. If anyone has more to add I will continue to check the thread. I appreciate all your help.
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post #8 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 01:02 PM
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If the mare was due in a week or 3 months that would make a big difference. Also how bad the break is. If it can get around in a cast or not.
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post #9 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 02:08 PM
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Also, the mare would probably require a lot of meds, pain killer or sedatives and antibiotics which will all be potentially passed to the foal.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 10:06 PM
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it really depends on the severity of the break.

for your storyline i would say that it is plausible either way
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