the young colt, affectionately known Big Boy, already has quite the following.
Immediately doctors sedated the mare just like in this case of dystocia, or grueling birth. Then they hung her upside down to help get the big boy out.
Billy Crouse and Teresa Little
Dr. Bart Barber
Dr. Bonnie Barr
LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Derby trainer Dale Romans has a lot to be
thankful for. He will saddle one of his best hopefuls to date when Medal Count
makes a Run for the Roses in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. He also feels
lucky for the capable staff on his Lexington horse farm who showed heroics
during a recent delivery of a foul.
Romans Farm the young colt, affectionately known Big Boy, already has quite the following.
"He has more personality than any other foal
born on this farm," said Farm Manager Teresa Little.
The young guy whose father
is Union Rags is massive. He's not even 3 months old and he's already 360
pounds and 51 inches tall, average foals his age are 280 pounds and 46 inches
While his size was the
reason for one nickname, he also has another. Since he's so big he tends to be
a little rough and nobody wants to play with him so he is also called Rudolf.
His mother, Mother Russia, and him have quite
a story thanks to another great mother and son team: Little and Assistant Farm Manager
It all started the night of February 9. There
were five inches of snow on the ground as Crouse and Little, who are both
experienced in the delivery business, kept close watch on then pregnant Mother Russia.
First there were contractions, then her water broke but the large baby wasn't
ready to come out.
"When I reached in to check the foal you could
only feel the head," Crouse said. "When that happens it's alarming."
At least five people at the farm were needed
to stand the mare up and try to stop the contractions. Rood & Riddle
Ambulatory Veterinarian Dr. Bart Barber got there in
"When you see a head that big and then you
reach in and there's just nothing those legs went back forever," he explained.
"We knew we were in trouble."
They got the mare on a
trailer but it got stuck in the snow. A tractor hook up got them out.
Little's sister jumped in
the driver's seat and they made their way down winding country roads.
"Billy's in the back with
no coat on, freezing, so we go flying and I'm going Marilyn! Marilyn! We
couldn't stop at any stop signs. We almost jackknifed, we ran every red light,"
Little said of the drive.
So after some crazy
driving maneuvers they finally made it here to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
where a staff of 20 people were waiting to help with the difficult delivery.
sedated the mare just like in this case of dystocia, or grueling birth. Then they hung her upside down to help get the big boy out.
Rood & Riddle Internist Dr. Bonnie Barr said, "The longer it takes to get the foal out the more likely the foal is
going to have complications."
From the time the water breaks there is a 45 minute window before brain
"As the vets trying to get
the foal out I'm going ‘you've got five minutes! You've got five minutes,'"
"We knew we were going to
have something big," Crouse said. "When they pulled the foal out safe and sound
it was like a miracle, I cried."
Thanks to the impressive
vets both mama and her 168 pound Rudolf came out just fine.
"They just did a good job
keeping him alive and getting him born. He was so big said the biggest one ever
born at the clinic," said Roman.
Definitely a delivery for
As for the homecoming? Everyone
on the farm is still celebrating. Owner Carolyn Vogel will keep Big Boy and
likely change his name.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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