I brought my maiden mare back from the breeders in June 03 and had the vet do an ultrasound at 15-16 days...no baby. Last year this same mare at 15 days did not show in foal by ultrasound and then at 120 did. Unfortunately, either it was a false pregnancy or she absorb a foal. Because we were in the process of building a house; as well as deciding whether to try again, I did closely follow her heat-cycles. I saw no obvious signs of heat but this mare can be tricky. She was a little over weight (previously foundered) so I put her on a diet and she looks good but she has a big belly. That in itself is not unusual, but sometimes from the back it looks asymetrical. The other night I was rubbing her belly and poking around behind her rib cage...and it moved...kind of ripple really...she almost almost bit me! This is totally out of character for her. I tried it again with my husband there and she tried to both kick and bite me. Is it just wishful thinking or is there a possiblity that she could be in foal and the vet missed it on the ultrasound? Do you think it warrants a visit from vet or should I should just wait a little longer?
Trisha Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 11:13 am:
If you really feel it is a possibility, definitely call the vet out. Stranger things have happened, and those early ultrasounds make it easy to miss. I know of a woman recently who went through this, and the mare is pregnant. I would say more often than not, though, she would turn up open with a vet check. You could also wait and see if she goes back into season, as we are coming up on transitional time. If you have real strong feelings that she is pregnant though, it most definitely warrants a vet call.
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