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In foal or not?

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Christine Yoder
Neonate
Username: Clyoder

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello. It's the "new kid" again. Looking for your opinions:
Purchased older (22), seasoned broodmare this summer. Foaled this spring, no issues, and was rebred around 36 days. Teased and housed near stallion, no signs of heat whatsoever.
After I got her home, vet was here for other reasons, so I had her U/S'ed just to be sure everything looked ok, especially considering her age. Keep in mind, mare should have been around 120 days into pregnancy. This was a new vet for me. She told me "I see an appropriate amount of fluid and a gestationally appropriate size mass, but I cannot detect a fetal heartbeat." Obviously, at 120 days she surely should have found the heartbeat, if present. Since then, the mare has shown zero signs of estrus and is starting to look like she's in foal.
Here's my question: At 120 days (when U/S'ed, if it was not a viable pregnancy, wouldn't the mare have aborted, absorbed, or be getting terribly ill from infection? She would now be around 180 days. Normal temp, no signs of estrus, and looking more pregnant by the week. Thoughts?
 

Angela Barbour
Breeding Stock
Username: Palominomare2006

Post Number: 673
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 01:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

do you have any pictures
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 4094
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

an ultrasound is only as good as the person giving it! You might get a 2nd opinion, or do a WeeFoal urine test to find out :-)
 

Christine Yoder
Neonate
Username: Clyoder

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 02:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I may try the WeeFoal. I've not used them before. I'm not a huge fan of re-ultrasounding. I know the risk is minimal, but why risk any infection whatsoever, particularly with her age, etc. I guess time will tell me! She's healthy and happy, so we'll just see. Can I order the WeeFoal online? Where do I look? Thanks!
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 4095
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 03:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://weefoal.com/



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