Foaling: Tying Up Placenta
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2 years ago my Draft mare
delivered a healthy 200lb baby. Her placenta was HUGE, but I kept tying it up
just by knotting it over and over and over.... It was so slippery, it was hard
to tie and very heavy, so ultimately it ended up dragging on the ground. She ended
up with a retained horn and even though I got her immediate medical attention,
she got a fever and ended up at the vets for a couple days.
I was reading about tying up the placenta, but cant find a picture or a good decription
of how to do it with string. Do you tye it tight up by the vulva and then join
it with a string at the bottom of the placenta? Will tying it tight so it doesnt
slip cause any issues?
let me know.
I suggest you talk with your veterinarian
specifically for your mare's situation. However, in general here are some guidelines
and tips about tying up a mare's placenta - you might know most of this, but I
have included it for sake of completeness for other readers.
is normal for a mare to shed her placenta within an hour of birth, often as soon
as she stands.
It is important to examine
the placenta for any tears (except where the foal broke through) that might indicate
a piece has been retained in the uterus.
a mare does not shed the placenta normally, tying the placenta up prevents the
mare from stepping on it and tearing it out prematurely or incompletely. It also
keeps the membranes from being contaminated by the bedding or soil. The goal is
to keep the level of the membranes above the hocks.
tie up the placenta, tie a small loop in the end of a 3 foot piece of string or
clean twine. Wrap the twine around the end of the placenta where is it hanging
near the floor or ground. Thread the free end of the twine through the loop and
Then draw that end of the
placenta up by the twine to the portion of placenta that is just below the vulva
and secure the two portions to each other by wrapping the twine around both and
securing with a half hitch.
As the placenta
continues to descend, you can repeat this procedure using another piece of twine.