Early preparation for delivery with Magical World
Magical WorldFebruary 13th, 2020
Three Chimneys Farm is a thoroughbred race horse breeding farm that is very familiar with the needs of mares. For over 40 years, the staff has ensured the mares receive top care before, during and after delivery. Chris Baker has shared great resources on aspects of this care, most recently including third trimester nutrition for mares. A part of this discussion included the increase in grain and feed as the mares prepare to deliver then feed her new foal with milk. Regulating their nutrition is just one aspect of this care. Preparing them physically for the rigors of labor are also imperative. Recently, Magical World received a procedure called an episiotomy that also prepared her to deliver her foal. In an episiotomy, the mares vulva is opened/enlarged in a simple surgical procedure performed with sterile, surgical scissors. This is necessary to prevent further tearing and harming the mare as it stretches in the process of foaling. Episiotomies are performed with the mare under mild sedation and using a local anesthetic.
In Broodmares, episiotomies are extremely common. They are generally performed when mares are believed to be 7-10 days from foaling. This was performed after the cameras were turned off earlier this week.
The team at Three Chimneys still believes Magical World is still days away from her delivery (no Valentine's Day foal this year) but continue to follow her as she gets closer.