From what I've read elsewhere on here you need to be careful about tying up the placenta as tying it up completely can cause problems with the mare getting it all out - something to do with it needs the weight to help pull.
What's the easiest way to tie it up so the mare doesn't tear it and so it can be inspected by the vet the next morning? I don't really know what I'm looking at so will want the vet to check it.
I just use a piece of string and tie it to the mares tail just about at the end of the tailbone. As soon as she passes it, i snip the string and carry it out. I usually check mine myself, but my vet recommends putting it in a bucket of water until she can see it.
I prefer to not tie it to the mare's tail, as once it passes, in the event that I am not right there, it means that she is going to be dragging it around the stall. If upon subsequent evaluation (and you should always evaluate the placenta once passed) I find a hole or tear in it, I will not know if that is caused by it having been dragged around by the mare, or if there is a piece left inside the uterus.
We will take a loop of baler twine, and tie it to the distal portion of the placenta that is hanging closest to the floor. Then take your string and elevate that part of the placenta which you just tied it to up to the part of the placenta closest to the mare's vulva. Loop the string around the placenta at that point, and tie it tightly again - you have now essentially halved the length of the placenta. You can repeat the process if you need to by tying another piece of string around what is now the lowest point of the placenta and bringing that up to the vulval portion and tying it off again in the same manner. This also means that the entire weight of the placenta is still hanging from the vulval region and is encouraging the passing of the rest of the placenta, whereas tying it to the tail does support the placenta a little as well and detract a bit from the weight.
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