The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading (Skyhorse Publishing 2011), by Nicole Faires is not a storybook or a cookbook. It is a practical guide with nitty-gritty details on everything a homesteader can do, step-by-step with hundreds of color illustrations and pen and ink sketches. All of the information included in The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading meets these criteria: It is something that anyone can do, without special training. It can be done with relatively few supplies or with stuff you can make yourself. It has been tried and tested—either by the author, the military, doctors, or other homesteaders. You can do it! This book can help.
Mare pushes 45 minutes and no feet come out: Call your vet right away or else the foal may not get enough oxygen.
Foal’s feet are upside down: Get the mare to stand up. If the foal is upside down this may turn him around. If not, then the foal is breech and you need to call your vet right away. Walking the mare may slow labor until the vet arrives.
Labor stops completely: Call the vet. If her placenta is too thick the water may not break and no labor will happen. Or if she felt threatened for some reason then labor can stop.
Water broke but nothing happens after 20 minutes: If the foal isn’t moving then the hormones that stimulate labor weren’t released. Tug on his leg and he should tug back, stimulating labor. If he doesn’t, call the vet right away!
The shoulders are out but the mare can’t get the hips out: Call the vet right away because their pelvises have become locked.
The mare stands up quickly after birth and blood goes everywhere: Blood comes out of the cord no matter what, but if it is coming from the foal’s navel, pinch and tie it with cotton string.
Mare is still lying down but the placenta came out: Break the cord and tie it off.
Excerpted with permission from The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living by Nicole Faires. Copyright 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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