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loriwoo
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« on: May 12, 2008, 04:18:57 PM »

Anybody have any experience with premature foals, (5 or so weeks early born dead fully formed) or if you may call it; late term abortions and the causes and outcome of subsequent breedings when no apparent cause is found?
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2008, 04:38:33 PM »

Unfortunately, I have, loriwoo.  There is just one thing you need to do in this instance.  Make sure you have a vet wash out the mare's uterous so that no infection sets in.  After the wash out, the vet should pack the uterous with antibiotics to prevent infection from the dead foal.  Failing to do this can have disastrous future results.  The mare can develop a low grade infection that can simmer for years, finally go septic and kill the mare (if I'd only known then what I know now a favorite mare would still be alive).

Mares will abort an imperfect foal.  The defect may not seem obvious to us, but if an autopsy were done on the foal, you would discover a serious defect somewhere in the foal.  A deformed heart, lung problems, bowel obstruction, the list is endless.  Mares 'communicate' with their foals in utero and have more knowledge of the foal's overall condition than a vet can see.  This may be a one time occurrance and the mare will settle and deliver her next foal just fine.  I've seen mares abort and then foal a year later with no problem.

Involve your vet, or a really good repro vet, with your mare NOW.  Have her receive a thorough exam from an equine repro expert and follow through with what they suggest.  Don't just do nothing.  This is the time to have a vet check her so that she will foal without problem next time she conceives.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 04:43:31 AM »

thanks for your reply,,, the vet is an equine specialist and he is working hard at getting answers from all the tissues and blood samples, etc and we are waiting on results.
The mare is checking out fine at this point, one more biopsy to go....
I gave a west nile vaccine on monday, the foal came on Friday, I wish I hadn't given it, there are no mosquitos here yet, but I wanted the foal to have the antibodies etc, that you give all that stuff in the last 30 - 45 days....
I appreciate your input, I am frsutrated waiting on results, and hoped for some extra input from those who knew a little about this problem,,,thanks again.
Lori
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008, 06:39:20 AM »

i don't think the vacine had anything to do with it.  they say to give mom's vacines about 6 weeks before due date so foal will be protected but what he gets and thru the milk. 

so for the foal you did what was right, you'd probably have had misquitos by the time he was born or at least before he was old enough for shots. 

i was upset with myself for worming my mare when i did, wondered if it had anything to do with the 'joint ill' , but it was more the trama of the late and violent birth, tearing the mare etc. 

at some point if you are going to breed stuff is going to happen, i'm not breeding anything ever again. 

i now have a nice big gelding that's a half brother of the foal we lost. 

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