I have sad news to report that AllthatBrass aka “Brassy” went into premature labor at day 249, and unfortunately lost her foal which was a filly. I was able to get her trailered over to our vet where she valiantly tried to give birth. We knew the foal would not be viable at this early date, but let the mare have the chance to foal out naturally. After about a half hour of labor, it was clear she was going to need some help, and two vets tag teamed on Brassy for about 4 hours to remove the foal which was in a very bad presentation. The placenta delivered complete, however there was some abnormalities with it. It was sent off to be tested, and I am waiting for results. I thank the vets and staff at Uncas Veternary Clinic for their brave rescue efforts; it was a very trying day physically and emotionally.
It is always sad when these things happen, but nature has a way of taking care of its children, and I am glad the foal went early, rather than be born and then not survive. As long as Brassy gets the medical go ahead I will try breeding her again later this spring. I SO look forward to a future foal from her, as she has been such an athletic and talented mare and together with a talented stallion, I expect a stellar foal from her.
Upwards and onwards, no looking back!