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Vet missed pregnancy at 17 and 60 days? anyone else?

Discuss all kinds of problems encountered in breeding mares from not standing for live cover, through to not getting pregnant for unknown reasons!

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Vet missed pregnancy at 17 and 60 days? anyone else?

Postby starinsky » Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:03 pm

12 yo maiden mare was bred via AI several times beginning in April, then May and the last time this year was on June 24th. Vet checked her 17 days post-insemination with ultrasound on July 11 and reported "sorry not pregnant." He checked her again (with brand new US machine) at approx 60 days because he was sure he had timed it perfectly and that she had "felt" pregnant, etc. He was sure he'd find a pregnancy. If pregnant, she would be approx. 184 days (about 6 months).

After last preg. check, totally forgot about it and moved on b/c vet said "not pregnant" twice. Got busy and didn't even cross my mind...Figured we'd try again this spring or even 2017 again after we got settled. We were just about to move.

then...Just 2 weeks ago, I noticed mare getting "clingy" and nickering and dropping weight (had been dropping a little steadily for about 2 months on her topline (withers/back/croup/hips-- but not in her belly which appeared to be getting a little bigger). On healthy amount of Stable mix and grass hay. Increased feed, added oat, alfalfa and pregnant mare supp with rice bran. (now gained weight-- except still slight in same areas-- topline/back/wither/croup and hips).

Mare was on consistent worming schedule and had her teeth checked (no floating needed).

We also noticed she was looking a little "poochy" or swollen in her rear, lower abdomen. Only noticed it from the side-- not from front or rear. Looked long and a little low near the rear area.

She also seemed more interested in "hanging out" than in eating sometimes. I found that odd. She seemed moody. Even with the other mare she seemed to behave differently. Things were just different with her.

Vet will be coming out this weekend to RE check her.

In the mean time: Yesterday, I noticed her right side rear abdomen appeared larger than her left. This time I could see size/shape change from the front as she stood there and then walked towards me. She looked big over her flanks and low.

What strikes me is that I had completely forgotten it and accepted that she was not pregnant. Some of these "things" just struck me and it took time to set in and make me wonder if she was in fact pregnant after all.

Also, the fact that she seems to change shape almost daily...she didn't ever do that before. She is otherwise healthy. Horses' abdomens don't just change shape and size like this.

How many of you have experienced a pregnancy that escaped the experienced eye of the vet and ultrasound at a 16 day or similar check? How many have had a vet miss a pregnancy at a 60 day check?

How did you notice something was off or different (that she in fact may be pregnant)? When did you notice and /or find out that in fact---- your mare was indeed in foal?
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