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Mare due 12. May 2015

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Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Julie1969 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:35 am

My mare was covered 06. June 2014 due 12. May 2015 on day 340. I realise its only an average but she has been pregnant now for 381 days. She originally dropped end of April but dropped again properly 11 days ago as in the flanks are soft and has a pendulum belly. She started bagging up abt 3 months ago but not running milk. Saw the foal moving around yesterday and mare still has a good appetite better than before the change 11 days ago. Anyone have any experience with a prolonged pregnancy. Thanks
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Re: Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Jos » Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:01 am

You have likely found our article on prolonged gestational durations. In it you will see that the average duration is 320-370 days, which does place your mare outside the average. The first thing I would consider doing would be checking your property and hay for Fescue grasses or any other source of endophytes. Then, if there is still not indication of foaling in say a week or so, consider having a veterinarian evaluate the mare to confirm that she is indeed still pregnant.

One area of concern I would have would be the mammary development about 3 months ago, which is rather on the early side.

Good luck!
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Re: Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Julie1969 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:35 am

Yes I read the article thanks. I overseeded the pasture with a natural horsemanship mix from meadow mania with different fescue grasses in. No I am worried that she might have fescue poisoning. I have never encountered it. Hoping all is on. Will contact vet re fescue
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Re: Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Julie1969 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:33 pm

These are the grasses on my field
Sheep's fescue
Meadow fescue
Smooth stalk meadow grass
Timothy
Cocksfoot
Creeping red fescue
Rough stalk meadow grass
Chewingsfescue
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Re: Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Jos » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:41 pm

Tall Fescue is the worst culprit. You can however take samples to your local extension office and have them analysed for endophyte presence (perhaps call first to make sure that is available there!! :) ).

There is one (sort of) saving grace element to your description. That is the somewhat premature mammary development. One of the symptoms of Endophyte toxicity is a lack of mammary development (or more specifically milk presence). Consequently, this does seem to lessen the possibility.
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Re: Mare due 12. May 2015

Postby Julie1969 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:50 pm

The milk glands in front of the bag are fully developed. The teats are swollen and the bag half full. I am not sure if I can leave a photo on here. Not sure if it could also have to do with the fact that my mare is also abt 17 years old. Exact age unknown its an estimation from the dentist. She isn't a maiden mare as she was a broodmare before I bought her 2 years ago. Thisequine-reproduction.com llc bulletin board search… : will be her only Foal so I can have a replacement when I retire her
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