I know a family who has a 17 yr old grade mare who was just pasture-bred. She has had no BSE and had not ever been bred before! They also weren't sure when the mare officially came into heat!! This family is not planning on giving her an ultrasound or even a vet check. They plan to still do barrels on this mare next year even when she is close to her do date. Could this foal be in any danger, if so how much?
That is there prerogative if they choose to do no ultrasound or veterinary exam. They may not be able to pinpoint the foaling date (if the mare is bred)but people do it all the time. (that's usually about the time I get called out on emergency.
As for the riding part, if the mare is used to exercise, it probably won't hurt, until the latter stages of pregnancy when she simply will not be ABLE to perform to that level. A pregnant woman in her 8th month couldn't run the Boston Marathon, surely?
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Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 - 02:32 pm:
These people bought this mare to breed and do contesting on. She has some SERIOUS feet problems but they have yet to have a vet come out and check on her. She can barely walk in the morning, And is VERY obese and sway- backed. I knew that riding a fit mare was OK because whemn I bred my 6 year old paint mare I rode her until she was almost due. But on on the trails, not in shows (which is where she was used to being at). Now what do you say about it is it now more dangerous??
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 - 05:29 pm:
I know how you feel. It is sad to see horses that have to pay for the ignorance of the owners.
It will probably be a job just to get her in foal. #1- She is in pain #2- she is obese #3- she is not fit.
It sounds as if mother nature will dictate if this mare carries a foal. When she slows down even more, they will see for themselves when she is at her threshold. They may come around and take good care of her...let's hope so.
I agree. The likelihood of her getting in foal is slim, and the fact is, she will not physically be able to do what she is asked. If a mare is stressed, unhealthy, etc., the first thing to shut down is the reproductive tract.
LeAllen Crabb, Master Farrier The First thing you need to do is call a good farrier. I sounds as if the horse needs some relief. If she is that crippled in the morning she is probbably arthritic, and possibly navicular. Setting her at some more comfortable angles and adding a set of bar shoue could give her some ofg the releif you are looking for.
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