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Rubbery Slab of Tissue Found with Placenta after Foaling, Hippomane


The hippomane is a palm-sized or larger, olive to light tan, rubbery-consistency slab of tissue that is commonly found - and is associated with the placenta at foaling. It is composed of a variety of fetal waste products that accumulated over the pregnancy.

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your role


What To Do

This is a normal and expected finding associated with foaling and the placenta.

your vet's role

Your vet performs a complete post-foaling exam on mare, placenta and foal.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Did the foal stand and nurse normally after foaling?
  • How much experience do you have with the foaling process?
  • Is the foal active and nursing?
  • When do you think the foal was born?
  • Does the foal appear bright, alert and responsive?
  • Will a veterinarian perform a post-partum exam on mare, foal, placenta?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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further reading & resources

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP