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  Dayle has been kind enough to allow us to peek into her barn this foaling season since I have no babies arriving at my farm this year.    Here is her lineup... 1) HHAA Bumbles - Due January ??, 2014 (separated from jack Feb. 24th, 2013)2)…Continue

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Comment by Heather Troglauer on March 25, 2012 at 6:24pm

LOL would love to have time for a book Maureen.  Someday....

Betty - no apologies needed. You weren't the only one and I should have posted ;)

Comment by Maureen Wallace on March 25, 2012 at 6:20pm

Heather, I almost cried when I read of your experiences.  It certainly is not all fun and games is it? You're my new hero. KUDOS!

I will remind you again about that book waiting to be written. It would be a fantastic read for anyone in the horse world. Just a thought...

Comment by Betty Kasper on March 25, 2012 at 5:19pm

Sorry Heather I should have looked more closely. I did note her coat was roughter (shedding more) but thought I hadn't looked well enough yesterday.Yearling explains a lot.As does her having had colic.Raising horses has it's share of needing to be on the lookout for trouble and nipping it in the bud doesn't it? Thank you for caring so much about them.Candy is sort of cute all bathed in shavings like that.



Comment by Heather Troglauer on March 25, 2012 at 4:50pm

Betty, that's not Chantilly, that's a yearling named Candy who coliced this morning. She's not used to being in, and she has no food (colic = no food) so she's not happy.  she is doing great and will go back out with her buddies tonight.

Maureen...our very first foaling was a red bag and luckily we had read and knew what to do.  She had her 3rd foal recently and you know her as Dancer :)  She was a redbag delivery for her mom Vicki. 

Unfortunately no, our scariest delivery...hmmm...there have been two where the mare had to be drugged, hoisted in the air by our tractor so that the foal would slide back into the uterus and our vet could untangle it.  In those instances we knew the foal was gone, but we were trying desperately to save the mom.  They were scary.  Last year Precious had a breech delivery - breech babies don't live, but she did.  We thankfully  knew my mare, Precious, well enough to know that there was something wrong and we immediately called the vet.  We walked Precious until the vet arrived and she delivered our filly - our 2011 Sweepstakes winner, May.  We were extremely lucky.

However...the scariest birth - was Will.  "God's Will" born to Blessed Be last year. We knew immediately that he was oxygen deprived by the say he was acting.  When we looked at the umbilical cord there was a 6" sausage shaped blood clot in the cord that had cut off his oxygen.  We worked on him and lived in the stall with him for three days.  We bottle fed him, wiped his butt, moved him to prevent sores and we tried so hard to give him some quality of life, but we finally made the touch decision to let him go.

So, while Will's birth was easy, his life was terrifying for us....and very sad. 

Comment by Betty Kasper on March 25, 2012 at 4:32pm

Chantily sur has been digging away by the gate. Looks like she thinks it's feeding time or is she having cintractions a little early>

Comment by Betty Kasper on March 25, 2012 at 4:03pm

Thank you for your thorough explanations Heather. I probably will never have a chance to use the info but I am so interested. Also want to say Great job on the little one. He looks  so much better than he did yesterday. Poor Mama though when he goes after he for food she nearly flies. She is so good about it though. Looking forward to watching this little one romp. He has the neatest tail coloring.

Comment by Maureen Wallace on March 25, 2012 at 3:55pm

Wow! what a start to life. In the hands of most people, Heather, our little black beauty would not have made it. You, for sure know what you're doing!!!!! How long have you been doing this for and is this one of the scariest situations for you?

Comment by Leann warrington on March 25, 2012 at 3:13pm

So glad all seems to be going OK now...good luck little fella

Comment by Heather Troglauer on March 25, 2012 at 2:52pm

BarbaraF - a redbag delivery is normally indicated when instead of a white bubble coming you see RED....deadly.  This means the placenta has detached and is coming first and the baby is getting no oxygen.  The red part is extremely thick and difficult to break.  You have to break the sac quickly and get that foal out.

With a redbag you will see us act very quickly and we do not pull with contractions - it's imperative to get oxygen to the foal and the only way to do that is to get it out quickly.

This redbag was different in that the placenta came out immediately after the foal, so we handled it as a normal foaling, not realizing that the foal was being deprived of oxygen.  The fit was also very tight due to Raven being a maiden mare.  She also stopped pushing right at the chest delivery, and then again at the hips.  This caused more stress for the foal.

So, when he was born he was lethargic, perked up but used all his energy trying to get up.  He fainted and started failing, so we gave Karo Syrup to boost his glucose levels which perked him up.  We gave colostrum from Raven and he started a rollercoaster of up, crash, up crash until he didn't seem to want to recover.

We called our vet who advised more karo - a larger dose to boost his system, and then karo/water every 10 minutes along with colostrum.  We also have a towel warmer in the barn and we heated towels for him to help him maintain his body temperature without expending energy.

It was alot of work for a few hours, but such a good worth the effort.

Comment by Maureen Wallace on March 25, 2012 at 2:34pm

For your education and interest, there are red bag deliveries on YouTube. It looks like one of the most dangerous situations that can happen during a delivery but thankfully not a common occurrence.


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