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post #11 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 10:10 PM
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They would not and could not induce labor in a horse. Unlike a lot of animals species the mare does not choose when to deliver. The foal initiates that decision and is not viable before or after that period of time. The mare can adjust the time of birth by a few hours but the foal pick the day. This is why from the start of labor to the end of labor there is about a 45 minute window to have a live foal. This is why high value mares will on occasion foal out at a speciality hospital or near a hospital. Its also why when a horse has trouble with labor it is a serious issues.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-20-2014, 10:38 PM
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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?
Unless this injury moves the story to an important plot point, drop it. In my opinion, anything that kicks the reader out of the living fictive dream is to be avoided. Writing any fact or circumstance that makes the reader doubt, and with readers, you're likely to find an avid group of riders who read, when they go : "oh, b.s." about that over the top foal save, to themselves, you might have lost their respect as a writer. If it's early enough in the piece, they'll put it down and read something else.

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I actually agree with the above poster. If you are looking for a orphaned foal situation than have the mare foal, live a few hours and colic and die. That said, orphan foal stories are a little overdone and the reality of an orphan foal is that it often becomes a spoiled dangerous adult horse.
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Or foal born unintentionally while mare is loose (got loose, not expected to foal and pastured, whatever) and then broke her leg. I would be one of those readers liable to put the book down unfinished and agree with rydernation.
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It all depends. The main deciding factors are normally money and insurance. The high dollar Broodies may be kept alive long enough to foal and nurse if possible or their leg patched enough to continue their Broodie career. The mare would need to be a high dollar value to consider either as would the foal.
A good quality mare may not be worth the expense and an insurance company would want it destroyed
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I won't tell you how to write your story... but I will say I am grateful you are doing some research. There is a successful (in that she has sold a lot of books) Romance Novelist who writes about horses, racing and Kentucky horse farms and from her writing it is clear she has no idea which end of the horse takes feed in and which end of the horse evacuates the feed after digestion!

Total unmitigated crap.. and I find it hard to believe she is a published author. She must have known somebody to get that far because she most assuredly knows nothing about horses, racing or horse farms!

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...she most assuredly knows nothing about horses, racing or horse farms!
If you see or read about anything remotely specialized that you know well, this is absolutely commonplace. When I see stuff about computing - especially programming - I often can't believe what I'm watching.

I've often wondered what real doctors think when they watch shows like House.
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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?
This artice in TheHorse talks about delivering a foal by cesarean section, and uses a mare breaking a leg as an example.

From the article: Foals can be delivered prematurely for a variety of reasons associated with the dam, the placenta, or the foal itself. A foal might be delivered early, for example, if the mare has an accident and suffers a broken leg or has a severe bout of colic that could necessitate the euthanasia of the mare. However, the foal, if past a certain gestational age (usually Day 300), can be delivered early via cesarean section just before the mare is put down. If the foaling must be attended by a veterinarian (for example, if the foal is at risk of neonatal isoerythrolysis), the mare can be induced to deliver her foal prematurely. If the breeding dates are unclear or unknown, then the mare is at risk of delivering a premature foal.


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