Below, within about 15-60 minutes the placenta is being expelled. I find that by the time the placenta has arrived, the cria is standing and ready to nurse- mother nature seems to have good timing, as the dam is sometimes crampy and restless until this final stage but then is ready to stand calmly for the cria to find her milk.
The other crias are happy for a new playmate!
These photos were taken several years ago when Betty Jane had a cria (I wish our grass were this green right now!). I like it when the dams can deliver in the field on clean grass, like in these photos. Rarely is assistance needed, though we closely monitor those due and now have cameras hooked to the internet for monitoring the dams when we can't be right at the barn. I hope to have some video on here soon of a birth... stay tuned and feel free to pipe up on the comments with questions any time.