As you all know, twin pregnancies in horses are not as easy as they are in humans. The chance of failure in human pregnancies is very little, as little as for the normal ones but when it comes to horses, it isn’t the same. The chance of a successful pregnancy is less than 1% which as you can see, is very rare. Reducing the twin pregnancy is the best option for preserving the pregnancy, and the optimal time for reduction is early in the pregnancy.
All bred mares should have their first ultrasound exam for pregnancy performed between 14 and 16 days post-breeding. The recommended procedure for reducing a twin is to crush one of the embryos. However, after a visit to a vet, it can be determined whether the pregnancy can be successful or not. Even when it is successful, the newborn baby foals have a lot of complications related to their health and it might also result in the death of these baby foals.
However, this is not the case with these two miracle twins who grew up healthy and what is more unusual is the fact that they are competing together in horseraces. Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong are both trained by Larry F. Curtis. Their first debut came at Charles Town Races. Despite finishing at the back, twins ran respectably to cross the line neck-and-neck.
Their owner, John P. Casey is very optimistic about their future. He said that he is really happy that he made such a great decision buying them and he also congratulates the amazing job that Larry is doing with both of them. I just want to make sure that you realize how extremely rare all this moment is. Firstly. just judging by the fact that they come from a healthy twin pregnancy it’s rare enough, leave alone the fact that they are competing in a horse race which is completely extraordinary.
Even when the twin pregnancies are successful it doesn’t exclude the fact that these horses will be less physically developed compared to other horses and as we all know, horses need to be in their most perfect physical conditions in order to participate in horse races, so for them even being able to compete with a lot of professional horses out there is a big of a deal already. Let’s see what is going to happen in the future. I am very optimistic about them as well.
Less than 1% of twin pregnancies in horses are successful, so for twin racehorses to ever make the track it would be a miracle… ????????Meet Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong ????????
Posted by World Horse Racing on Friday, May 31, 2019