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Pregnant or not??

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Emily Schneider
Nursing Foal
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 18
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So I bred my quarter horse, Berra, last May and a couple of months later, I had our vet come out and take a blood test to see if she was in foal. They said that they saw no sign of her being pregnant, but lately she's gotten really fat in the belly but i can sort of see her ribs cuz all my horses are kinda skinny coming out winter right now. Her belly is really low and she looks very wide from the front and the back. My horse trainer said he's very sure she's pregnant, and he's the one who bred her. She is also eating quite a lot, and she is having a lot of gas and grumbling in her stomach. My vet is coming out this Wed. to do a pap test on her. Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 878
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 05:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily, if all they did was a blood test 2 months after being bred there is a very good chance you got a false negative. I believe you need to be at least 120 days pregnant for a blood test to show up. The best way to check for pregnancy after breeding is by ultrasound.
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 547
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2008 - 08:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would have to be highly suspicious of a vet who would prefer to do a blood test over just and easy palpation. My vet likes to palp to feel them, get their tone etc.
 

Beth Valen
Neonate
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 7
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree wtih Tracy and Cathy. The typical protocol for preg testing is an ultrasound at 14 days (to determine both if you are pregnant, as well as to check for twins). Followed by a recheck 28 days. I also do a palpation in the fall, typically when it's time for the 5 month Rhino vaccine.

If you think your mare is in fact pregnant, it's time to think about how best to catch her up on the things she should have had as a bred mare over the last few months. Obviously you can't do the 5,7,9 month rhinos, but her nutrition and prefoaling vaccinations are important.
 

Emily S
Weanling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 32
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 08:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well my vet is coming out tomorrow afternoon to do a palp test, and i looked at some records and it wasn't even my vet who came out the last time to do the blood test. It was her assistant...
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1175
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily~So what is the GOOD News?



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