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What's going on with my mare? Jos please help

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Robin Marks
Neonate
Username: Marksrn98

Post Number: 4
Registered: 05-2011
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am not sure what is going on with my 15 yr old paint mare. We attempted AI 2x this year, last attempt being May 5th, on May 23rd (18 days)she was checked by the vet and her cervix was closed, no signs of estrous, appearance of pregnancy but no embryo seen, vet says she may have been and absorbed at 12 days or so. Well four days later she showed mild signs of estrous (she usually is very obvious in heat) Since then she has had mild heat cycles and her personality has gone from calm and docile to marish and somewhat spooky at times. A new gelding came to the barn and she just had a strong heat cycle this sept with winking, urinating and the whole nine yards. She has gained 50 pounds in about a month with no changes in diet or routine? Also she had Trihist for about a month for hives in June (usual treatment). Is it possible she might actually be in foal? AI was 4 1/2months ago. Or could this be an infection, hormonal imbalance from ateempted breeding? She has had three live foals and never been AI'd until this year-previous owner said she showed no signs of heat during those pregnancies
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 3412
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you have any concerns or thoughts that she might be pregnant, you should have her checked by a veterinarian that is competent in equine reproduction. Having said that, she is right now at the stage of pregnancy where the fetus may still be a little difficult to palpate as it is likely to be over the pelvic brim, so perhaps your best bet is to have blood drawn for an estrone sulfate/total estrogens assay, or else use some urine for the "Wee Foal" test kit (which you can do yourself).

It would be unlikely that a uterine infection would be the cause of any unusual signs if you are seeing them.
 

Robin Marks
Neonate
Username: Marksrn98

Post Number: 5
Registered: 05-2011
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Had the vet out today to check our mare and she did both palpation and ultrasound and says "no foal", mare is in diestrus, cervix closed and follicles around 25 present, uterus looks good-I asked how was she sure mare was not in foal if she was 5 months due to the foal possibly being down over the pelvic brim and she stated that she was able to feel the "entire uterus and horns" The vet suggests changing my mares diet if I feel she has been gaining too much weight-she has never put on weight since I've owned her-my gut tells me something is different with her, can I put the thought of her being in foal to rest for this year?

(Message edited by marksrn98 on October 14, 2011)
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 4051
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 08:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't, if i were you...as i've known MANY vets to be wrong in this time period!! IF it were my mare, I'd order a wee foal test or blood pregnancy. It's the only way to be sure. :-)
 

Robin
Neonate
Username: Marksrn98

Post Number: 6
Registered: 05-2011
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Diana for your response:-) I don't feel so crazy still thinking she may be pregnant I know my mare and if she's not pregnant then something is not right with her. The vet didn't suggest blood work or anything. This is my 10 year old daughters horse and we've had her for three years-I've never seen her put on weight like she has or act the way she has over the past few months. I just might order a Wee Foal 120 test just for some peace of mind-she was so sure she is not in foal because she could "feel her uterus and it wasn't over the pelvic brim" I just want to know that she is alright
 

Robin
Neonate
Username: Marksrn98

Post Number: 7
Registered: 05-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Got a 120 WeeFoal test and results are negative for pregnancy-I was able to collect urine on her heat squirting moment today-thicker drk yellow urine. Still not sure what is up with her-she still looks pregnant and everyone keeps telling me so Will she go back to normal when she finally shuts down for the winter? I would like to try and breed her again in the spring but not sure why she didn't take this year after two good inseminations? I am very confused
 

sharon selby
Nursing Foal
Username: Cowpunk

Post Number: 13
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 - 01:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I bred my mare twice (a.i) last year with no pregnancy. She took on the first attempt this year. The difference was that I bit the bullet and had my vet follow her more closely using ultrasound and was able to breed very close to ovulation. I would suspect that you bred to early if she returned to estrus 22 days after a.i but I am not an expert. My mare refused to show signs of heat to my pony teaser stallion but luckily she showed to a large grey gelding at a nearby barn. I have learned that mares can be fickle! In early spring she teased to the pony stallion, but ignored him from then on. The mild heats you saw in your mare may have simply been her telling you to find her a more exciting man.



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