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Can a horse have twins?

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Not Very CommonYes they can, but it's not that common. If the mare has twins often one or even both of them pass away, but, sometimes both survive.

My horse conceived twins, then we got them both aborted, she then conceived twins again and we left them and she finally gave birth to one healthy foal, it is natural for the horse to sometimes reabsorb one of the twins.

The reason horses cannot have twins is due to the type of placenta they have; it's called a diffuse placenta and it totally surround the foetus and makes contact with all of the uterine wall in the mare. With twins this cannot happen because there is not enough uterine wall for both foetuses to attach to and get sufficient oxygen and nutrients. This usually means one or both foals end up weak and will therefore die. This is why most owners will chose to have the twins aborted rather than continue to term. If detected early enough then one embryo can be manually crushed so only one embryo is left to develop. However if the two embryos are close together this cannot always be done.

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