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Foaling Videos for use as a learning tool

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With the help of the volunteers at Mare Stare that record many of the births, LB is going to try and put together a show and tell area about foaling.

 

What I have started doing is looking at the previous foaling of the mare that is about to foal to remind myself of any problems that may have occured, and to think about how I would deal with them differently this time.

 

This first video is of Abyss's 2010 foaling. She was a maiden and I bought her in foal. This is a tough video to watch as she is not a big mare, and as I was trying to pull the foal out she just came with me. I had no one to hold her steady while I pulled the foal. I changed my technique this year on another mare and I think I have solved this problem when I am here alone. I now plant myself in front of her back legs, anchoring her, so she can not continue to move.

 

 

 

Now here is her foaling from last Saturday, two years later. This is a textbook easy foaling. You will see me give a thumbs up at one point. You will also see me give the mare an injection of Banamine to ease her post birthing pain. We give this to all our mares just after they birth.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrLWIrQ-Uc0

 

 

From a breeder's perspective, from the moment the water breaks and for the next 20 minutes or so, the birth is a life or death experience. When luck is on our side, everything come our right. When it does not, it is heartbreaking for us all.

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Thank you Joanne. This is exactly an excellent video. I also like that it showed how you took your time with Abyss her first year, working that little head through carefully, so momma wouldn't tear. These "tight fits" in maiden mares can be very tricky, and I will be trying your learned technique for positioning yourself so momma "stays put" while your helping -- as I am always alone when foaling, and have also had this problem.


Please, if you have a video that you would like to share here for some of our "new" people just having their first foaling experience, please feel free to post it so we can all learn. We also appreciate any comments you have about what the particular situation was (if there was a difficulty) and how it was resolved. Lil Beginnings wants to use these for education purposes, to help teach proper techniques and steps you can take to ensure your baby arrives safely on the ground.

 

 

Update 2013:

 

Thanks to Chanda, we have a map of Selenium -- a vital part of having healthy newborns. You'll see this mentioned it in many threads. If you are in one of the areas of the country that has almost no selenium naturally occuring, you should consider adding selenium to the diet of your mare to help produce a healthy baby.

 

 

Just a BIG thank you to Chanda for finding this map!

 

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Edited by Debby - LB
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Below is the video of my miniature pony Suzie foaling last year. It was my first foaling and thankfully as textbook as they come :)

 

hope it helps :)

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I hope some more of you friends that have your births video'd will post them here, so some of our new people can see more mares giving birth. Remember, mares are so very different, the more we can "see" the different mares, the more we learn about how things can progress and go.

 

If you had a "problem" birth, please make sure you tell us what was happening and how it got resolved.

 

Heidi -- get that video posted of Cam -- I know YOU are one who has a video birth. :whistling

 

Connie, I'm hoping you'll share some of yours, and more of you who have allowed us in your barns will also share yours. This could be a very good educational thread for all of us!

 

Thanks everyone! :ThumbUp You're all the greatest!

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Here is the Video of April foaling this year. My first foaling. It was red bag, but thanks to wonderful marestarers alerting me everything turned out fine. Eddy is now 2 weeks old and quite the handsome little man.

 

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Hazel that was a great job! I had no idea you had a red bag without you telling us.

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Here are some of ours foaling:

 

buttons foaling 2012

 

 

Dolly foaling 2012

 

Diamond foaling 2011

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This is a video of our mare Toffee foaling and the video is not the best, but the point it makes is that mares can progress a LONG ways into foaling without ever lying flat out. As a matter of fact she was wearing an Equipage and the pager never went off!!! It is a good thing she was on Mare Stare and on this board so I was alerted that she looked close and I was ready (more or less!) when she went down. Other than the mare progressing pretty far with out lying flat, it was textbook, which was a good thing because the foal was huge!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_akElGzk2o

Here is a better photo taken when the cord is still attached and we are letting him sit like that for a few minutes to allow more blood to flow through the cord.

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Here is the long awaited foaling of Delilah. Deliulah had a very good foaling everything went great, but If it had not been for her being on marestare and this forum I would have slept thru it. Delilah foaled at 2:10 am

 

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So this isnt a video of Cocoa foaling but i thought it could be helpful to newbies and i didnt know where to post it lol This is kind of a flow chart of Cocoa's Pregnancy Journey! (This is Cocoa's fourth foal)

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(Just realised i spelt 'hours' wrong haha oh well)

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