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Dystocia or Difficult Birth in Horses (Mares)
  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM


Introduction » Review the Normal Birth » Overview of Technique » Normal Position but No Progress » Simple Malpositions » Complicated Malpositions » While Waiting for the Vet » Prognosis » Resources » More Info 

Normally, birth is a rapid process in the mare. The foal is often out in less than 20 minutes from the beginning of the contractions. Early recognition of a problem is essential to save the foal. The placenta detaches rapidly after labor begins, usually less than 30 minutes. If the foal is not out of the birth canal by this time, he will suffocate. It is an unfortunate fact that this gives you very little time to get professional help to correct a problem and save the foal. Usually saving the mare is the best you can expect by the time help arrives. In this article we will discuss some of the more common and simple to correct malpositions.

Review, before the foal comes: Normal Birth in the Reproduction Area.
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Discussions on Dystocia or Difficult Birth
  Titles Subtopics Posts Updated
iconHip lockMar 26, 06
iconLarge tear in vaginal wall12 Mar 26, 05
iconPrior breech birthDec 14, 03
iconDelivery tore the vaginal wallApr 20, 02
iconToo big foalApr 10, 02
iconDystocia-head and one front leg advancingApr 5, 02
iconDystocia- head advancing onlyMay 30, 01
iconInterrupted deliveryMay 13, 01
iconDystocia- both hind feet advancing with front legs & bodyApr 29, 01
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