Early Arrivals

Premature deliveries don’t occur frequently, but when they do, difficult decisions must often be made.
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Premature deliveries don’t occur frequently, but when they do, difficult decisions must often be made: How much supportive care should be given to the preemie foal? Does the preemie stand a reasonable chance of being the sound, healthy competitor or broodmare you were breeding for? Will the outcome be worth the veterinary expense?

And what about your mare? Will she suffer chronic problems as a result of her early delivery or be prone to similar problems in the future?

Here’s a little help understanding premature deliveries and the preemie foal that will help you answer these questions if the need arises.

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Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She’s schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

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