There’s no good way of telling this.
Last night Brá gave birth to a stillborn bay colt foal.
It all started fine. No stress, no worry, nothing out of the ordinary. I was sitting in the van watching like a hawk from midnight onwards.
Luckily it was light enough so that I could view the horses with binoculars though I did go into the field …. with help.
At 02:00 Brá went into labour. She was doing well, the foal was coming out the right way round. All looked good although her contractions were not that strong. She was getting up and lying down a lot. Prevous foals have been born very quickly.
After a while Daisy arrived and we watched trying to decide what to do next. We called Bjørn, our neighbour, trainer and friend and he raced over. Brá rolled, had an enormous contraction and the foal came out. He never took a breath. It all took 30 minutes from start to finish.
We tried resuscitation but it was not to be.
So we trudged to bed with heavy hearts. This morning, I went down to find Brá standing by her foal but with her afterbirth still very retained. She had not moved nor eaten.
She let me catch her (amazingly though I did get cross with Lilja who was in the way and not helping). Daisy and Flossie moved the foal up with her and we put them in the stable together. The vet visited, lightly sedated and examined Brá thoroughly. He gave her Oxytocin, antibiotics and steroid injections.
We have to be very careful of toxic shock and to this end, Brá will stay in the stable with her foal. She is eating, which is a good sign. She won’t leave her foal so I have put her food where she will have to look away to eat it.
Hetja and Lilja are next door and not happy but we are due torrential rain for the next 12 hours and I don’t want Brá standing in a downpour with her foal.
So that’s where we are. We feel gutted for poor Brá. If I could change anything, I would. Now to keep her alive is our next challenge.
A very sad day. The what-if’s are huge.