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Passing the Shoulders

The birthing sequence may slow down as the cria's shoulders pass through the birth canal. The shoulders are the broadest part of the baby, and the mother will have to work a bit harder at this point.

Passing the Cria's Shoulders

10:50 AM - This is the classic presentation of a cria being born. Note how the legs are extended over the head of the cria. At this point the cria is breathing on its own and shaking its head from side to side. The shoulders are the largest part of the cria, and Rainsong has to work a little to get them out. Her herdmates have now figured out that something is going on and have to come check it out.

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