Foaling Problems

Have you ever experienced a foaling dystocia?


Total votes cast: 333

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the front legs were twisted together but luckily I could straighten them out by myself fairlrapidly

11/15/2010 7:28:16 PM

Only once in a miniature mare. Every owner should be prepared-time is of the essence.

11/15/2010 3:51:15 PM

shoulder lock - mare foaled standing up- had to pull foal

11/15/2010 3:04:20 PM

I work for a Veterinarian, so I've seen quite a few. They're very intense, with varying results

11/15/2010 2:56:49 PM

Three times. All with loss of foal but mother fine.

11/15/2010 3:04:15 AM

No, thank goodness, in 40 foalings. Only an elbow hung up on the pelvic brim a couple of times.

11/14/2010 8:10:43 AM

ONly one in 8 foalings was problematic. we pushed baby back in, repositioned, then she was born.

11/13/2010 11:04:02 AM

Feet were upside down, Stood mare up and then presented normally but had to pull foal out.

11/13/2010 8:06:46 AM

one front leg was back.

11/12/2010 10:40:54 PM

Rescued 25 yr old emaciated mare; foal presented with both legs folded back.

11/12/2010 7:45:20 PM

Not w/my own mares, but I'm a former vet tech who has dealt w/it, cattle too

11/12/2010 5:17:35 PM

Foal's front feet perforated the vaginal tract and presented through the mare's anus. Saved both.

11/12/2010 5:11:16 PM

red bag resulting in dead foal

11/12/2010 3:54:51 PM

foal with severe contracted tendons caused dystocia. lost the colt.

11/12/2010 1:20:59 PM


11/12/2010 12:02:49 PM

With Miniatures it is gonna happen.. even did a red bag this spring

11/12/2010 7:51:54 AM

luckily, no dystocia, but my mare did retain her placenta last time

11/12/2010 7:18:13 AM

Uterine torsion horrible unsucessful surgery dead foal torn uterus mare died 5 days later

11/12/2010 2:55:17 AM

The foals neck had turned during birth, no one noticed the water break because the foal wasnt due ye

11/11/2010 11:02:31 PM

my mare delivered a dead foal with a dystocia. The front legs were bent in 'jumping' position.

11/11/2010 9:27:30 PM

Foal was stuck for unknown causes. Mare bled out and we lost her.

11/11/2010 7:06:42 PM

One of the worst days of my life

11/11/2010 7:00:18 PM

upside down, managed to turn him for successful foaling

11/11/2010 6:07:54 PM


11/11/2010 5:55:15 PM

Get your vet. there fast or loose both foal & mare.

11/11/2010 4:39:23 PM

Thank God never a bad one but have pulled some very large ones and pushed back and straightened legs

11/11/2010 3:50:13 PM

The foal died - hind leg forward and hooked on the pelvic rim

11/11/2010 3:11:17 PM

Maiden Mare with huge foal. did not turn. Vet & I had to maunally turn..ended well.

11/11/2010 12:25:26 PM

only one front leg coming.Vet sorted it out without problems.

11/11/2010 7:36:30 AM

hind legs came forward under belly of foal

11/11/2010 3:39:58 AM

never experienced a foal birth

11/10/2010 9:50:28 PM

never bred a mare yet, so no

11/10/2010 9:06:47 PM

mare prolapsed Lg + sm colon out hole colt kicked in vagina - term shock. Shot mare Csect live clt

11/10/2010 5:47:42 PM

I don't breed

11/10/2010 4:46:13 PM

red bags, breeches, wry neck was the worst breech, prolapses, tears, recto-vaginal tears...

11/10/2010 3:42:39 PM

Twin foals, red bag, lost both.

11/10/2010 3:22:37 PM

the bag did not break by the foals hooves ,It blew up like a balloon,and i broke the bag

11/10/2010 2:42:49 PM

We lost a colt this past April, the Vet suspected premature placenta separation. Still mourning...

11/10/2010 1:33:32 PM

uterus prolapse during delivery. Lost mare and foal

11/10/2010 12:31:04 PM

I don't even know what that is!!

11/10/2010 11:33:28 AM

I work at an emergency referral hospital

11/10/2010 11:06:24 AM

3 red bag deliveries

11/10/2010 10:02:39 AM

But I lost two foals at birth to twinning

11/10/2010 9:33:48 AM

uterine rupture, malpresentations, deformed foetus

11/10/2010 8:38:05 AM

Yes, most foals we have saved. Unfortunately we lost some too; even with vet help.

11/10/2010 8:26:14 AM

1 time I had remove the sack from the foals head

11/10/2010 7:56:33 AM

No, but I had a mare rupture her uterine artery and bleed out 7 hours after foaling

11/10/2010 7:12:58 AM

Foal's head was turned backward over his soulder.

11/10/2010 5:42:45 AM

The foal was presented in breach position, but we were mentally and physically prepared.

11/10/2010 12:42:21 AM

My Miniature mare. I don't breed her anymore.

11/10/2010 12:02:15 AM

1 foreleg was bent backward,causing theknee to hang up. repositioned the leg feet first & jenny deli

11/9/2010 11:47:25 PM

upside down, walked mare until vet arrived. Vet held legs as mare went down,foal rotated

11/9/2010 10:16:55 PM

Foal was upside down. Got foal turned & out to shoulders and hung up a back leg on pelvis. Lost both

11/9/2010 9:48:24 PM

2 times: breach delivery (both died), and only one foot presented & vet aided delivery

11/9/2010 9:18:40 PM

One hoof presented. Repositioned & foaling completed with no more problems.

11/9/2010 9:11:56 PM

Red Bag

11/9/2010 8:35:49 PM

Upside down, both front legs back, and head turned back.

11/9/2010 8:24:32 PM


11/9/2010 7:54:33 PM

Had to push foal back and relocate both front legs. The mare was exhaused, pulled foal all ok.

11/9/2010 7:50:54 PM

We have had a few with our miniature horses.

11/9/2010 7:21:56 PM

scariest 10 minutes ever - but it worked out! So glad I was there, or might have lost them both.

11/9/2010 7:08:14 PM

Head down between the front legs.

11/9/2010 7:03:59 PM

I've been foaling for 25 years-the most interesting was the colt that came out hind feet first!

11/9/2010 6:59:59 PM


11/9/2010 5:51:44 PM

Foal correctly positioned but unable to pass through pelvis. Chains wrapped on legs, pulled out OK

11/9/2010 5:44:41 PM

Malpresentation. Foal survived, mare died due to hemorrage.

11/9/2010 5:44:15 PM

knock on wood!

11/9/2010 5:43:56 PM

but only had one foal!

11/9/2010 5:33:47 PM

minor shoulder locks

11/9/2010 5:29:12 PM

Had a shoulder stuck, was presenting one leg past knee and nose with other foot just visable.

11/9/2010 4:46:02 PM

Worked on breeding farm. Several dystocias.

11/9/2010 4:37:15 PM

Contracted tendons kept the foal from gaining its feet. Dam panicked and rejected the foal.

11/9/2010 4:14:19 PM

It was horrid. Foal was huge and malpositioned. Lost the foal, almost lost the mare.

11/9/2010 4:01:29 PM

Miniature horses. Hip lock, leg lock, breech, red bag, twisted cord...

11/9/2010 4:00:26 PM

miniature had large colt with head back - took 2 hrs to deliver stillborn mare was ok

11/9/2010 3:53:11 PM

Draft foal - What vet thought was front feet were actually the back.

11/9/2010 3:47:47 PM

but I have only had one

11/9/2010 3:43:13 PM

I have never experienced foaling.

11/9/2010 3:42:22 PM

no, thankfully

11/9/2010 3:16:12 PM

Maiden mare

11/9/2010 1:27:48 PM

So far, so good! Five healthy foals & mares, monitored throughout preg/ultrasound & I help deliver.

11/9/2010 12:41:20 PM

twice with limited breeding. One foal presented upside-down and one was a redbag.

11/9/2010 11:30:54 AM

Horrible! Foal died and had to be wenched out. Mare survived.

11/9/2010 10:29:03 AM

Red bag. LUcky it happened in daylight & I was able to cut the foal free. Lovely healthy filly

11/9/2010 4:14:41 AM