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Mare giving birth help

Discussion in 'Horse Health and Nutrition' started by Raventhorn, May 1, 2011.


  1. Raventhorn

    Raventhorn PetForums Newbie

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    Hi it's not my horse she's in a feild with a load of other mares, they are all left alone, relying on passers by for food and water no vet help available - she gave birth to one foal alone ok, but about 4 hours later i saw her lie down, then as i was walking away heard distressed neighing and they all ran to her....is there somethingwrong? no idea who owns the horses, they have no shelter or anything, i don't think the owner goes near them much. Is there anything i can do to help? What if something is wrong with the mare? will the other horses take care of the baby? i think another one was pregnant too but it was deffo the foal's mother that screeched...
     
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    Please contact World Horse Welfare immediately if you cant get in touch with the owners - they will respond (far quicker than the RSPCA would)

    From their website:
    Please call our Welfare Hotline at 08000 480 180 with as much detail as possible about the condition of the horse(s).
     
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    I would also contact the World Horse Welfare or the RSPCA, or both.
     
  5. momentofmadness

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    Quite possibly releasing the afterbirth.. sometimes it can take a while..
     
  6. Raventhorn

    Raventhorn PetForums Newbie

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    There was a fox eyeing it up...
     
  7. gloworm*mushroom

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    Buts its nature? Youre so against spaying and neutering animals, so the fox should be able to have its prey! Thats nature...
     
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    It is very unlikely a fox would eye up a foal...

    I would imagine the fox if anything would be after a bit of the after birth.. Likely none would be left though....
     
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    Unless it is a mini foal then it's highly unlikely a fox would go after a foal. They're much bigger then foxes, and a mare can easily kill a fox if she kicked it.


    As momentofmadness said it's probably just after the after birth, or it's been attracted by the smell of blood.
     
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    My mum used to rent a yard when I was younger.. :) and there was a fox that used to watch us ride everyday.. You could just see it peering through the bushes.. Lovely site to see...
     
  11. Raventhorn

    Raventhorn PetForums Newbie

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    It's ok, i saw her today. She's completely fine.
     
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    Ah I am so pleased!! It was the first time I have been in the horse section and it's had me worried.
    Glad both mum and baby are fine!
     
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