Herouldmede Amorous 6th (Angie)
Angie started to show signs of calving in the evening, but there were no feet showing and although restless she wasn't showing any inclination to push. We kept an eye on her until the early hours of the morning and as there was still no imminent signs of calving we caught a couple of hours sleep. By 5.30am there was no change so we went in and found legs but no head. We had the jack but were still unable to move the calf. It was at this point we called in the vet.
After examining her Sarah from Belmont Farm and Equine Vets agreed that all was not right and the calf probably had its head backwards, but Angie was still not dilated enough so the chance of us being able to pull this calf was very unlikely. Caesarean was the only decision we could make.
After prepping thoroughly Sarah cut through the skin and muscle to gain access to the womb - and as we suspected the calf was in an awkward position and it took her some time to manoeuvre it to actually gain a purchase on it's rear legs. With a mighty effort we lifted the calf out - it was simply the largest calf we had ever had - but sadly no longer alive. Angie's now all sown up and will stay in the isolation pen next to the herd until we are sure she's out of danger and healing well.