Kelly Mount shares: “Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:
Unfortunately, when I went back again, the baby was sectioned off in the stall because he was too feisty. They needed him to relax to receive his intravenous fluids and supplements. So again I held the first step of the Spleen Flow on my mare and visualized the colt receiving the love and energy of this flow. Finally, after three weeks (and still two weeks from his actual due date), he has been able to move to a farm where he will continue receiving around-the-clock care at an aftercare facility. He should stay there for up to a month, maybe. He is doing well but they are still watching his lung development and the development of his growth plates. this time he was so active bucking and running around the stall, I couldn’t get my hands on him at all! I am looking forward to the day he can return home to my trainer’s farm, and our journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu can continue!
April 13, 2011: Our colt turned 8 weeks old today and is doing remarkably well! Last week at 7 weeks old he made his first trip outside to see the sunshine since he was born. Our mare and colt have been given their aftercare at a very prestigious thoroughbred farm in Lexington called Overbrook Farm. It was made famous by the racehorse and once leading sire, Stormcat, who is now retired and living out the rest of his days on a beautiful 2500 acre spread right in the heart of the Bluegrass.
Quentin (whom I call “Super Nanny”) and her husband Mark Naylor have been caring for my mare and colt and have done a remarkable job. In the farm’s hay day Mark was the yearling manager, and now he and his wife lease one of the many barns to provide their services in foaling mares and extensive care in cases like ours. I am very grateful to them for their expertise and care. All of the colt’s current blood work and radiographs are coming back in good order.
We did have an episode not long after they reached Overbrook where my mare colicked. I think once she realized her baby was going to be o.k., she needed to release the stress and anxiety she had endured in the process. Early one morning Quentin heard my mare lie down in the stall. She knew to have Dr. Friend come over immediately because something was wrong (as she almost never lies down). I am so pleased to report that everyone is alive and well, and I know that both mare and foal are looking forward to returning home so that they can bond without human intervention and live a normal life in greener pastures.
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory released a report saying the following: This year (2011) there is an increase in nocardioform placentitis. This is a unique form of bacterial placentitis affecting late gestation mares, causing abortion, stillbirth, or foals born alive but compromised. This form of placentitis was first diagnosed in central Kentucky in the 1980s. As of the end of February this year, there were already 126 documented cases.
We have known many other horse breeders who have suffered losses attributed to this naturally occurring phenomenon. After all of this, we still feel like one of the lucky ones. It is rumored that cases have reached 200, and the foaling season is not yet over.
September 16, 2011: The colt AKA Jiffy is doing very well. After bringing him home, he and his mother were turned out with another mare and filly of ours. The other mare allowed him to nurse, too. Lorraine (the other mare) has to wear a catch rope attached to her halter because she is very hard to catch. Jiffy would lead Lorraine and her filly around by the rope. He’s quite a hoot!
We call him Jiffy after the connection to Overbrook Farm and Jiff peanut butter but his registered name will be Super Scandal. His Mother’s registered name is CH Harlem’s Town Scandal AKA Wild Woman. Mother and son are enjoying their time in the pasture just getting to be horses
Thank you, Kelly.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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