Living in the countyside and having a barn leads naturally to having livestock. I was never one to breed animals for food but having horses has been a passion for the last 25 years. In that time I have only bred 2 mares and each one of them only had one foal. The last foal born was over 7 years ago now and I was thankful that he was born in the afternoon.
I heard way too many horror stories of horses born during the night and either the foal died or the mother did while giving birth. I toyed with the idea of putting a baby monitor with display in the foaling stall but wireless communications was not as good back then as it is now. I would have to run a wire to the barn for the video. Now they have wireless cams for barns made specifically for animals giving birth and/or needing medical attention.
I still get a kick out of seeing baby livestock but they are not mine. Our current barn does not have a foaling stall for a reason, we don’t breed anymore. I’ll leave that for others to do. They can handle the expenses and the worry about the dangers during birth.