I board my horses with a horse rescue and I frequently help them out with their rescue horses and things like that.
They found a home for a horse that would have otherwise gone to slaughter, but horses in kill pens have to be kept in quarantine because there are my illnesses that get spread around in the kill pen that you don’t want spread to your other horses. This particular horse was pregnant. We went out to check on her and found that she had gone into labor a month early, but her baby was stuck and dead, with the legs and head sticking out of her. We called the vet immediately and he came out there. He told the baby was too large because this small horse had been bred to a draft horse (which are very large horses). They had to get the baby out of her or it would decay and kill her so they had to cut its head off while it was sticking out of her and it was so horrible.
They couldn’t get her baby out with the tools they had in their truck so we had to load her in a trailer and take her to the vet. I held onto her while she hid her face in my armpit. I petted her and told her it would be all right and kept her calm. They took a machine behind her and starting pulling the baby out of her and it got stuck at the hips and the horse laid down and they were able to get the baby out. At first we were very worried because we couldn’t get her to stand back up so we kept pushing on her, but couldn’t get her up so the vet had to shock her in order to get her up. It was so horrible seeing her headless baby on the ground and she turned and looked at it then leaned against me and hid her face against me while they flushed out her uterus. The horse will be okay so that’s good, but overall it was a heart breaking experience for me.