Last week in our excerpt from the book Equine ER chronicling 24 hours during foaling season, an exhausted vet received an emergency phone call informing him that a foaling mare was in trouble. He rushed back to the clinic. The foal was delivered, but whether she would live was in question. 

On the

gurney, intern Dr. Julie Wolfe clamped and cut the newborn filly’s umbilicus, and Dr. Bryan Waldridge inserted

nasotracheal tubes and assisted the foal’s breathing with an ambu bag.

While techs wiped the filly clean and rubbed her to facilitate

breathing, Wolfe and a tech got a catheter in the foal’s neck to

administer any medication if she ran into trouble. 

The foal’s heartbeat was strong. Soon, she was breathing on her own.

Dr. Bryan Waldridge talks to a client on a break during foaling season.

Less than twenty minutes later, Wolfe was helping the new filly learn to walk down in ICU. A nursemare was being arranged; the foal’s mother was considered a risky candidate for nursing because of previous health problems. The foal was so cute she looked like a stuffed animal from FAO Schwartz: small, red, two long, perfectly matched white socks, a blaze down her forehead in the shape of a dagger. ItR