POP QUIZ

EQUUS - - Eq Hand­son -

Like most mam­mals, an equine fe­tus re­ceives nour­ish­ment via the um­bil­i­cal cord, which is at­tached to the pla­centa. The cord is bro­ken dur­ing foal­ing, and af­ter­ward the rem­nant of the stump falls away and the open­ing closes, just as it does on new­born ba­bies. To lo­cate your horse’s belly­but­ton, look along the mid­line, a few inches in front of the sheath or ud­der. You’ll see ei­ther a slight de­pres­sion—an “in­nie”—or a lump of what might be mis­taken for scar tis­sue or even a sar­coid, an “outie.”

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