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What is the name of the rubbery thing that the foal has in its mouth before b...

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Karen Souza (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 10:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can someone please tell me what the name of the rubbery thing that foals carry in their mouths to stop the fluid from going down in their lungs before birth? We have found it with all three of our foals and I forgot what it is called. Thanks,Karen
 

Jos Mottershead
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Posted on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's no such thing!

What you are referring to is the "hippomane", which is not present in their mouths - unless there's something seriously wrong!! :-)

Under normal circumstances, the hippomane is actually found in the allantoic fluid, which is the fluid that surrounds the foal on the outside of the fetal membranes. This fluid does not come into contact with the foal, as the foal is protected by the allantoamnion layer (it is amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus). The allantoic fluid is (in part) comprised of fetal urine, and it is mineral and particulate matter from the urine that conglomerates to form the hippomane.

Colour may vary, but the most common is a rubbery liver-coloured object. They can also be cream in colour.

hippomane
 

Karen Souza
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Posted on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 05:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks,Jos.. I was misinformed!! I did talk to my Vet this morning and he said exactly what you said. I have found them with all three of my foals. The sad news is that this last colt born last Thursday was born dead. We are not sure what happened but he didn't move at all after he hit the stall floor. He didn't bond with my mare or anything but was full term and was a easy delivery, absolutely no problems.Very sad!! Karen
 

Christie Miller
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Username: Gallamist

Post Number: 4
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 10:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Karen, sorry to hear about your colt.

Wow Jos that's for that info too! I too was misinformed....I always thought that was in the foals mouth too....lol
 

Lisa Weir
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Username: Pals_pal

Post Number: 8
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 07:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The thing I'd like to know is....Why are they there?
I've read heaps and asked vets and no one has enlightened me.
I hate not knowing.
 

Jos
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Post Number: 10265
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Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 09:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When you were at school, did the science teacher ever demonstrate the experiment with salt water where they "grew" salt crystals? If so, remember the way the salt seemed to magically find the crystal and adhere to it to make the thing get bigger? Well, it's the same philosophy here - the salts and particulate matter in the fluid finds the solid object and adheres to it making it larger as time goes by.
 

Lisa Weir
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 09:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow! Thanks Jos. I never saw that experiment at school, but I know the idea behind it. This makes perfect sense. You're a legend!



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