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Jos, just curious

Once the mare is in foal the question period should be over, right? Wrong! It's only just beginning! Discuss ideas and tips here for management techniques for the pregnant mare, and the new born foal and it's mother.

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Jos, just curious

Postby wolfwoman » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:31 pm

When Dixie foaled Frost, the umbilical cord didn't break. It was still attached when the placenta delivered, and I had to break it. Is this unusual?
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Re: Jos, just curious

Postby Jos » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:09 am

Typically, if the placenta is expelled prior to breakage of the umbilicus - particularly if the expulsion occurs rapidly after the foal is born - that may be suggestive that the placenta was not as firmly attached to the uterus as it should have been - in other words, premature placental separation, albeit not as bad as if the placenta separates prior to foal delivery. Just something to bear in mind for future reference...

There are a variety of other factors that could impact the breakage (or not), so it's difficult to create a "standard". We will be present at the foaling and as the foal starts to move, brace the umbilicus' attachment at the base of the foal's abdomen, thereby reducing "pull" on the abdomen (which pull can result in a hernia), and the vast majority of times, the umbilicus will break before passage of the placenta.

Another tip about umbilical separation is that if one does need to break it manually, do so only after the blood flow between placenta and foal has ceased (which in the case of an already passed placenta will have occurred!! :) ). Allowing the shut down of blood transfer actually encourages uterine contractions, which in a normal foaling encourages passage of the placenta and therefore reduces the chance of retained placenta.
We're always happy to try and help, but don't forget to check the articles section
of the website too, which has a search engine to help you look for answers!
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