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Stage 3 - Delivery of the Placenta

The placenta may be delivered when the mare stands or within 30 minutes to 3 hours. If the placenta is not delivered when the mare stands, it should be tied to itself as shown in the image below to prevent the mare from stepping on it and tearing the placenta.

The mare in this image got up before the placenta was delivered. The placenta is tied in a knot to prevent the mare from stepping on it.
Here is a second mare which again stands before the placenta is delivered. The portion of the placenta visible is the chorioallantois. The same mare is also shown in the next image
The foal is now nursing for the first time. Shortly after this image, the mare layed down and the placenta was delivered.


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