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July 21, 2005

Another Foaling Nightmare

As you have probably noticed, things have been pretty quiet in my news column lately. We've had a pretty rough summer here on our farm.

In my last article, I shared my foaling experience from June. I kept a close eye on Pansy to monitor her recovery, but things didn't seem to be going quite right. Her udder dried up fast within a few days of losing her baby. But at the same time she developed a large amount of swelling in front of her udder that didn't go away. I finally took her down to my vet clinic on July 1st to have her checked. They examined her and ultrasounded the swelling areas, and found that she had several ruptures in her abdominal wall muscles. These could not be repaired and so I had to make the tough decision to put Pansy down.

I have documented in great detail the symptoms that I noticed along the way - both in the weeks prior to Pansy foaling, and between then and when I had her put down. I also have a lot of great photos showing what I observed. They can all be viewed at http://sbr.longearsmall.com/pansy/index.htm

I have posted Pansy's story in hopes that it will help educate other equine owners about this rare condition, so that they can recognize it and take action if they experience it with one of their brood mares or jennets.

Good luck to those of you awaiting the arrival of your new foals, and give your babies a big hug for me! Maybe I'll get my baby donkey another year.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 21, 2005 07:52 PM


oh , how sad ! to lose the baby and the mother . Those are the toughest times on the farm , when you have to lose your animals and there is not alot you can do . Better luck SOON !

Posted by: Holly wilson at July 22, 2005 12:09 PM

Hello, you are not the only one having a bad summer. We have lost two foals this year. The first was when we were on vacation. A beautiful brown and white spotted miniature jenny, 3 weeks old, somehow broke her neck and was still alive and could even stand up! The only thing that had happened was a loud thunderstorm in the night. Has anyone else ever seen this happen? When her neck was straightened she was unable to breathe, so she was taken to the vet and put down. Then last week, a miniature didn't come in for dinner, we went and found her, a 3 year old who hadn't looked pregnant (too young!) had a baby next to her, dead. We had lent her out to keep a young male (yearling) company until they bought a second donkey. We lost a dog and a cat this summer also.

Posted by: Nancy at August 10, 2005 12:18 PM