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post #21 of 222 Old 01-31-2010, 11:02 PM
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Oh dear tealamutt, I didn't think that at all. I suppose really we are all here to compare notes and learn from each other. I don't know a quarter of that which I wish I knew.
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>>>> I wouldn't cover the placenta and afterbirth either. The mare eats it and it helps her release her milk a little better.

Just so no one thinks their mares are weird for NOT eating the placenta-- I have never had a mare eat it-- that includes pasture-foaling mares who had every opportunity to do so. They wandered off away from it with their new foal and the next day I got to clean it up to keep the dogs or some other critter from finding it and dragging it around.

I posted a link to an veterinary article on an earlier thread (will have to look for it) that said that while eating the placenta was not unheard of in mares, it was pretty uncommon overall, as compared to other species, and that it could be dangerous to a mare that did not tear up/thoroughly chew it as larger pieces of consumed placenta could cause an obstruction.

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I thought it was much more common. I have only seen one mare eat it but I have only seen two mares foal. The rest foal on the range and I don't know what eats it.

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I have never seen a mare eat her placenta, but then we are very careful to collect them and make sure none was retained. I did have to do surgery on a cow this summer who had eaten her placenta and had an impaction from it. Then again cows are pretty stupid, but not as bad as sheep.
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I have never seen a mare eat her placenta, but then we are very careful to collect them and make sure none was retained. I did have to do surgery on a cow this summer who had eaten her placenta and had an impaction from it. Then again cows are pretty stupid, but not as bad as sheep.

Now I have seen quite a few cows calve and it is rare that a cow will leave a placenta if left alone. Lucky for the dogs they don't always get left alone.

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guess this girl forgot that her mother told her to "chew her food"
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There are things on that list we've never had either. I bred and showed dogs almost all my life and like you, usually had Oxy on hand. Never had to use it on a horse though.
What kind of dogs do you have? I had a few breeds along the way but mostly kept Great Danes, Dandie Dinmonts and Brussels Griffons.
Feathered feet ~ I raise old fashioned, working blood Collies. Not the modern day, cotton-candy coat dogs, but I breed to the original 1875 breed standard, where the dogs still excel as herders, flock managers and guardians. I used to co own and show several Boston Terriers also, but have really soured on AKC.


As for the placenta - I've seen horses mouth it some, but I've never seen one try to actually eat it. I know how to check one over and make sure it's complete though. I've always just trashed it afterwards. We have coyotes and fox very rarely out here, the worst for scavengers tends to be raccoons, but we get the occasional neighbor's dog being nosey. My male Collie tends to keep them at their distance though. I'd have to worry more about my own dogs - but they stay out of the trash. Usually.
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I haven't shown dogs or horses for a long time now. Certainly the AKC could step up to the plate more than they do though.
I like Collies and had a rescue smooth for a while. Too much hair for me to deal with. In the future I'll stick to my wire haired little guys with no shedding. I've wanted an Airedale for ever, but am too old now to have one.
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I haven't shown dogs or horses for a long time now. Certainly the AKC could step up to the plate more than they do though.
I like Collies and had a rescue smooth for a while. Too much hair for me to deal with. In the future I'll stick to my wire haired little guys with no shedding. I've wanted an Airedale for ever, but am too old now to have one.
Hehe the smooths actually shed much more than the roughs. My dogs go through major sheds once a year, or sometimes after a litter, but that's really it. I LOVE Airedales, those and bouviers were my favorite breeds to groom when I was doing it full time. You're never too old for a good dog :)

As for an update on Freyja, she appears to be jerking me around. While everything else looks about the same, with her tail all floppy and her back end blowing in the breeze - but her udder has shrank up a bit today. I went and got the milk tests today and was going to start her tonight, but I might just hold off a bit as there is only so many days supply, after all *lol* The vet is coming out Thursday morning to do the ultrasound, so hopefully then I'll have at least a for sure on gestational age, although the breeder swears she is correct on last years foaling date.

I have no issue playing the waiting game, but I don't like peek-a-boo symptoms!
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I hear you. I'd take a long coated breed over short any day and a wire coat over all. Didn't know you were a groomer. I also had a grooming shop for years. My daughter is a school teacher, but grooms on the side. She might have to do it full time soon, if California keeps laying off teachers. The school situation is a mess here.

Freyja is doing the same as my daughter's Halcyon. They do love to keep us guessing don't they.
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