When a 16-year-old paint horse Tiki got pregnant, her owners were on cloud nine. They knew their beautiful blue-eyed horse will have the cutest foal. Little did they know. During an ultrasound session, Tiki’s veterinarian noticed something very rare. There was a little chance of a successful pregnancy, but the family took that risk and they don’t regret it. Yes, it was dangerous, but Tiki’s owners are responsible caretakers, and they provided the horse with all the necessary care and medical attention. Look at Tiki’s precious babies! Please, SHARE.
One of the cuties has a medicine hat, that’s a good luck!
Twin pregnancies in the mare nearly always occur when the mare ovulates an egg from each of two ovarian follicles and both eggs are fertilized, resulting in two embryos. The ovulations might occur at the same time, or a couple of days apart. Twin embryos either occupy their own uterine horn or share one. If the embryos are in the same horn, one of them has a 50-60% chance of being dissolved on its own by the 40th day of pregnancy. The reason is lack of nutrition and oxygen. Sometimes both fetuses are being aborted on its own in late pregnancy, the triggering mechanism isn’t exactly known. With late-term abortion, the mare can experience major complications including trauma, illness, infection, inflammation, and reduced fertility.
With all the dangers of a twin pregnancy, horse breeders often choose to eliminate one of the embryos. The most common way is to crush it manually before the 25th day of pregnancy. Another method is to wait until about 110 to 120 days and to utilize a transabdominal approach. It involves a needle, going through the abdomen of the mare into the heart of the smaller fetus, and injecting potassium chloride into the heart. There is about a 40-50% chance that the mare will abort one fetus and not both.
Tiki was an old mare, that’s why her owners decided to take a risk.