I am so sorry for the tragic loss of Stella and her foal. That these things happen even with the best of care does not make it easier to face. Stella and the foal are at peace may there be some comfort in that.
So sorry. This is every mare owner's nightmare. My maiden mare and heart horse had a VERY large foal last week. Although presented correctly, he was stuck at the shoulders. We were able to assist and get the colt delivered, but it was the scariest hour of my life. It makes me seriously think twice about breeding her again.
Healing prayers going out to your and your friend, and praying for speedy and uncomplicated deliveries for the rest of the expected babies.
So very, very sorry! Definitely a breeder's worst nightmare, and I am just so sorry. Having been through a traumatic (albeit fast) loss during foaling, I know you and your friend are nursing severely broken hearts. I am just so, SO sorry!
"IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique
A few years ago, I lost the first foal of the year at 2 days, then a mare/foal in a similar situation to the you witnessed and then a month later, a 2 week old broke her neck in the stall during a bad storm. I had three more mares due...each was incredibly stressful, but went smoothly. I still hope and pray that was my quota of foaling nightmares for the rest of my life.
Breeding is not for the faint of heart!
Jingles the rest of foaling season is uneventful for you both!
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