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    04-29-2011, 01:04 PM
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After my mare foals should there still be afterbirth hanging from her? I am worried please help...
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    04-29-2011, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
Depends on how long it's hangining there. Mares typically give birth to the baby & then the sack follows afterwards. Sometimes it can take several hours to come out completely.
    04-29-2011, 01:16 PM
We have always went with the 2 hr rule. It may take her some time to pass it completely and that is okay. If she doesn't pass it within a couple of hours, give the vet a call and they will give her a shot of oxytocin to induce more contractions and help her pass it.

Congrats on your foal! It was a night for babies, I got a stud colt at about 2:30 am :)
    04-29-2011, 01:17 PM
If the placenta has not been expelled after several hours you need to call the vet.......your mare will be at risk for founder if the placenta is not expelled completely and with 4 to 6 hours.....usually it is 30 mins to 2 hours if I remember correctly.

Super Nova
    04-29-2011, 01:22 PM
I don't know exactly when she had it where she is at a friends they checked her at 1am and there was not a foal and the like 7am she looked out the window when she woke up and the foal was there...
    04-29-2011, 01:23 PM
If she's your horse, why is she somewhere else?
    04-29-2011, 01:27 PM
The mare is at her house... so technically no she isnt mine but the foal is and I don't want them to lose the mare not knowing what to do...
    04-29-2011, 01:29 PM
Are you actually there, or just going by what they're telling you over the phone?

If the mare is theirs, then they're the ones who need to call the vet if she's retaining the afterbirth.

I'm not really sure how the foal could be yours if the mare isn't. Mare owners are the legal owners of all foals born to them.
    04-29-2011, 01:32 PM
I went as saw her and they are giving me the foal. And I am concerned and we are goin to call the vet now
    04-29-2011, 02:02 PM
If your friends didn't actually see the birth, how do they know that she didn't already drop her placenta? Did the mare foal in a pasture/paddock or in a stall? Have them check around for the placenta. If they can't find it, call the vet ASAP.


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