Okay here are the questions. I have two mare's. The first one is a maiden mare, and was last with the stud on 6/25/08. I took and had her palpated and ultrasound on 7/22/08, the vet said she was pregnant, but still no foal, and no other sign except something that looks like she is having contraction, that last for 3-4 days than stops. So my question is this could she still be pregnant? The second mare is an older mare, she is starting to look pregnant. She is very wide, and has a funny shape to her belly. In fact, she looks more pregnant than the maiden mare. Today, we went out to check on the horses, and commenting on how fat she is. The weird thing is it looks like she is bagging up. I squeezed her nipple, and this clearish white something came out. She is has had a foal before, and I have not noticed her coming in heat this year. So this is the question.. Do mare's have false pregnancy's, and if they do can you express milk? Could she be pregnant instead? She is 15.2 hands tall, and across the field was a Shetland pony stud. I feel that I should take both mare's to the vet to get check again, but I don't know.
The only way you are going to know for sure is...1 waiting and seeing if a baby comes or 2 take them to the vet and find out. Your older mare could just be fat and fluid is not uncommon in mares. But if she was exposed to a stallion, even a small one, I would not risk not knowing. If you have the means to take them to the vet do it. The costs out weigh the sleepless nights worrying and the possible risk posed to the horse by not knowing.
good luck! If your older mare did breed to that pony...OMG how cute will that be!
Sherry, I just read this and agree with Robin. I hope you will report back to us as I and I'm sure others, would love to know what happens. And yes, the baby will no doubt be adorable if the older mare is pregnant.
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