Lessons learned from a dummy foal (they steal your heart)
At almost four weeks, our HIE ("dummy") foal named "Chakra" has become a wonderful being. Full of life, completely fearless and completely normal! But she is also the most bonded to us foal that we have ever had. She is a total lovebug and completely accepting of everything about us. She still lives with her mother but has been introduced to the adult "herd," consisting of two other mares. They all love her too!
last week (at three weeks of age), she took the final step towards normalcy and learned how to nurse on her mother! Completely unexpected!
Anyway, for anyone interested or who wants to learn what is required to care for these foals -I put together a photo journal of our experiences:
I had a dummy foal here this year, but not nearly as bad as yours. No traumatic birth or fescue, but the mare was fighting plancentitis the entire pregnancy so we think perhaps there was a partial detachment of the placenta resulting in only slight oxygen deprivation. He too was given DMSO (earning him the nickname "Stinky") and had a full recovery. It is not a death sentence anymore. Thanks for sharing your story and the wonderful video.
IF YOU THINK YOUR BRAIN IS NOT WORTH PROTECTING WITH A HELMET, YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT!