Long post, but please read if you are breeding. Daiquiri had a foal during the night Tuesday unattended. (unplanned pregnancy – naughty stallion). We found her …around 5AM Wednesday. She was running around acting seemingly normal. When we picked her up, watery diarrhea gushed out. When I went back to check on her, she was continuing to have diarrhea, almost constant hiccups, sneezing and coughing. Had yet to see her nurse. Tried to get her nurse, but she wouldn’t. I milked the mare and tried to force feed. She didn’t want to swallow. Kept force feeding every hour. Gave her Bio-sponge and kaopectate. She continued to get weaker and didn’t want to nurse. Her mom was kinda ignoring her. She collapsed Tuesday afternoon and was shaking and having the hiccups. Karo syrup got her back up. Seemed much better. Wednesday she was more active in the morning but couldn’t nurse and watery diarrhea continued. She collapsed again that afternoon and was almost unresponsive. Once again Karo syrup got her back. Called the equine vet. If the baby made it through the night, she would come this morning. I thought we would have to euthanize her. She said that she may be a partial dummy foal. I had been so focused on the diarrhea and respiratory signs that I hadn’t really considered that. After I got off the phone, I remembered a post by Julie Good (I think) about the Madigan Foal Squeeze technique for dummy foals. Found the post. We got a rope, took the laptop into the stall, and did it. When the rope was removed, she got up from her trance, stretched, and went over to her mother (who had stood totally still for the 20 minute procedure. As soon as the baby got up, the mother went back to eating her hay just like Dr. Madigan said she would do) to get a drink. No hiccups, sneezing, or coughing since. It was truly a miracle. I’ve never seen anything like it. Spoke to the vet this morning and she said she didn’t even think to mention the technique. So this cat veterinarian saved the day. We are not out of the woods yet. We can’t be sure she got the colostrum. I milked the mare and force fed numerous times during the critical period, but I am not sure how much she actually swallowed. So please save this link, maybe even put it with your foaling supplies so you don’t forget about it like I and my equine veterinarian did. I will do this now with any foal that is not nursing within the first few hours. It will do no harm. Big thanks to Yvette Mooney and Michael Mooney-Wells who are always willing to help and support my crazy ideas.
The link has 3 videos and a pdf file.
You may know the term “dummy foal” but have you heard of a Madigan Foal Squeeze? Dr. John Madigan theorized that by artificially recreating the foal being squeezed through the birth canal, the foal starts suckling as normal and the ‘dummy foal’ syndrome appears to disappear. (Be sure to watch the video links below. Know the signs and learn the step by step foal squeeze procedure.)
-> (article) Thoroughbred Village forum/reprint of article originally posted in TheHorse.com
-> (video) KNOW THE SIGNS. Neurological foal receiving the squeeze technique. Jump to 2:30 to see application of the foal squeeze.
– (video) STEP BY STEP GUIDE. Dr. John Madigan shows how to apply the foal squeeze
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