Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center saves Chanceland Farm foal
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Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center saves Chanceland Farm foal

March 4, 2020


Lucky Dance we bought as 2-year-old
in the 2-year-old in training sale. Some friends of ours had bred her, but I had actually trained her mother for
a client, and we won a stake with her mother, and
so we kind of knew the family. Robert Manfuso and
Katy Voss brought their mare, Lucky Dance, with her newborn foal to be treated for
neonatal isoerythrolysis. And that’s a disease where the antibodies
produced in the mare’s milk actually start attacking the foal’s
red blood cells. The foal wouldn’t nurse. She was born early in the morning,
and when the vet checked her, you know, her various
values were dropping and she was very concerned about her, so
we rushed her straight to Leesburg. Took her right to Leesburg. I think they’ve done an incredible
job as the facility has matured. She was quite young. She was only about
12 hours old when she came to us. and the birthing had been normal; she had
stood up and nursed appropriately, but it was noted pretty soon after that
that she was pretty weak. She was so anemic that she was becoming
lethargic and could not oxygenate her own tissues; therefore,
she couldn’t stand appropriately. She couldn’t nurse. Our newly designed foal box, which was a really generous gift
from the Backer Foundation, that allowed us to keep the mare and foal
separated while maintaining a physical bond between them so the mare could reach
over through the window, touch the foal, still have that physical bond with her
while keeping the foal separated to get all of the critical care fluids and
blood transfusion that it needed. It also kept the foal from ingesting any
more of the mare’s milk that contained antibodies which would further
cause red blood cell destruction. Your new setup with the separated
stalls worked great, worked fabulous up there, particularly with a mare like Lucky Dance,
who’s a stall walker. (laughing)

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