Strange Mortality In Bloodstock, Daily Racing Form, 1921-05-14


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STRANGE MORTALITY IN BLOODSTOCK When looking up the Stud Book records in con ¬ nection with the Aseot Clip winner Chateau Mar gaux which was bred by Lord Egremont I came across the following interesting note in the third volume of the General Stud Book The year 1825 was remarkable in the Petworth Stud for the production of dead foals The mortality was not confined to the bloodstock or to any particular week or month but extended throughout the sea ¬ son from Fulii nary to June and equally affected the produce of the cart marcs and of the asses Some of the foals were opened and it was sup ¬ posed that their livers were diseased Fourteen mares produced dead foals and three produced unhealthy ones which only lived but a short time and all the asses produced dead foals The mares were in different situations and with different keeping but in general they were pastured upon very high dry land with a light soil of little depth upon i bed of stone they went their full time or very near it and the foals were known to be alive within three or four days of foaling and were fine and of full size No explanation was advanced for this unusual state of affairs Ajax in Horse and Hound

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