Rare twin foals delivered

Uploaded by UofMAHC on 03.06.2010

We have Princess, who foaled on April 30th, 3 weeks ago. She had twin foals. Twin foals
are an extremely rare event.  Henry was born first, and William was born second. Bridgett
recognized right away that twins need intensive care. So she brought them into our neo-natal
intensive care unit. I knew she was pregnant and so it didn’t occur to me she was
carrying twins.  It was a surprise for me the night they were born. I did jump onto
the internet almost straight away. I searched around and I could hardly find any information.
 Other than, it looked like there was a 1:10,000 in them surviving. But then once
I got down to digging some more it looked like only 1:500,000 horses actually carry
foals.  So, of the horses born in the United States, what I can find out is it’s
1:500,000. The extra service I got here from the night I arrived was amazing. I mean, we
were met at the door ready to bring the babies in. Everyday new foal teams, new people willing
to help, really terrific, terrific service. Our vet students, and our volunteers, and
our foal team that came in to ensure they would get stronger and healthier every minute
of the day One of the amazing things is that Harry got a blood donation from Hercules.
 Right after that blood donation, he got Hercules’s strength and vigor and he
was up and bucking and felt so much better.  So, we need to thank Hercules for his
contribution. As far as prenatal conditions go and care, the isolation, the concern for
the owner, keeping me informed.  I would totally recommend this facility for any prim
babies or babies with needs.  The staff knew what they were doing, they were helpful.
 They handled those babies confidently but delicately and it was wonderful. They
were getting better each day, so there was hope each day that this day would come and
they could go home. It’s very rare to have twins do as well as these two have.