Equine twins are a rare miracle. Usually, the smaller and weaker one of the two, dies before birth. Having twins is also dangerous for the mare. The chances of successfully carrying and delivering them are about 1 in 10,000! The hero-mother from this video was able to make a miracle happen. This strong and beautiful Belgian Draft Horse became the lucky mother of twins. Watch this sweetest moment filmed only 4 days after the miracle birth. Such a gorgeous family! Please, enjoy and SHARE this beauty.
Thoroughbreds are 20% more likely to have twin pregnancies than other breeds. The chances of other horses of having double ovulation resulting in twins are 2% – 5%. Nature doesn’t support twin pregnancies in horses. A large percent of twin embryos spontaneously abort within the first 6 weeks of pregnancy. About 80% will eventually abort after the eighth month of pregnancy, according to the University of California, Davis, Center for Equine Health. Late-term miscarriage results in health problems for the mare, including trauma, infection, inflammation and reduced fertility for the next breeding. Twin embryos either occupy their own uterine horn or share one. If they are in the same horn, there’s a 50-60% chance of one of the twins being reabsorbed or dissolved on its own by 40 days of pregnancy. If a specific portion of the embryo does not have the contact with the uterus (when it lies on top of the other embryo), the embryo doesn’t receive enough nutrition and dies on its own. But, even if the twins survive, it is more likely that that they will never catch up in size and weight to normal foals, since their combined birth weight was equal to one normal, single foal. With such sad statistics, horse owners usually decide to remove one of the twin embryos early in pregnancy.