One of the most unique mothers in the entire animal kingdom are broodmares. According to Equimed.com., the gestation period for broodmares is 340 days on average and during that time they support an enormous weight on four of the tiniest legs in existence proportionate to their size. Moreover, due to the length and gangly make-up of a newborn baby, the birthing process itself is one of the most dangerous in the mammalian kingdom.
Throughout history, having twins has only happened a handful of times and it’s common practice in breeding management to ensure that mares only bring one foal for the safety of both mare and baby.
According to TheHorse.com., foaling problems occur less than 1% of births and they can be very serious. Most mares give birth in the darkest, stillest hours of the night and that’s why there is a narrow timeframe to react to an issue. During those hours a heightened level of monitoring must be implemented, but the reward is worth every trial and tribulation. Foals are a precious gift and all the darkness is forgotten when the morning comes. Enjoy the video!