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Pregnant or not??

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Emily Schneider
Nursing Foal
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 19
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted this on another topic page but im going to post this on here just in case. I keep worrying about her. I bred my quarter horse 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!
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1129
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily~It would not be the first time that a vet got that wrong :-) Keep us posted...I am sure that you will be crazy till Wednesday! That is one reason I opt for the ultrasound after breeding because usually it lets you know for sure.
 

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

Post Number: 880
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 05:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I answered your question on the other post. :-)
 

Emily Schneider
Nursing Foal
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 20
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2008 - 01:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Tracy!!
 

Emily S
Weanling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 26
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 02, 2008 - 09:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do you have to take the mare into the vet for the ultrasound or can they do it on my place?
 

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

Post Number: 898
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 05:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They should be able to do it at your place.
 

judy cervantes
Breeding Stock
Username: Judy1

Post Number: 179
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

EMILY,you should ask your vet, because my vet will not do them any more at home, he said he has been kicked one to many times.
 

Beth Valen
Neonate
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 8
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have my mares ultrasounded at home, but I have stocks. Most vets will not ultrasound without stocks, for safety reasons, unless the mare is very quiet and accomodating.

Emily, I replied to your situation on another section... but by "pap" do you mean palpation? It might be a good idea to gather up your records, so you can review them with the vet. You'll want her breeding dates, her vaccinations, EVA status, possible exposures, etc. You still have time to do prefoaling shots to raise her immunity for the baby, but if she is thin, her ration should be bolstered as well, not only for the mare but for the foal's in utero development.
 

Emily S
Weanling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 28
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 11:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've been giving her two scoops of grain in the morning and evening and I give her vitamins for pregnant mares with her feed. I also give her two large flakes of hay in the morning and evening, as well. Do you think this is enough?
 

Beth Valen
Neonate
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 9
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 12:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's a lot of grain.... you might want to consider splitting it into three feedings. Is it formulated for a pregnant mare? Your best bet is to use a grain that is designed for the horse you are feeding... and follow the label directions.

For the last trimester, I give my broodmares a large flake of alfalfa 3 times a day (about 12# per day), plus very good bermuda grass-- all they will eat. I use a ration balancer to ensure they have all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids, plus 1# per feeding of sweet feed/crimped oat mix to make sure they don't feel deprived.

You mentioned that she looks thin... so my guess is no, she's not eating enough. Maybe start by increasing her hay? A good rule of thumb is 2% of the mare's bodyweight, or about 20# per day. Since you are only feeding four flakes, you are probably feeding less than 20#, but it depends on your bales/flakes. Typically about 1/2 small bale per day for an average horse, more if it's really cold weather.

If you are not feeding alfalfa, consider gradually adding some. Perhaps a flake once a day for a week, then a add a second flake. If the vet determines she is pregnant, you want to ensure that the fetus is getting what it needs nutritionally. You also want her in good flesh, since so often the mare looses weight while lactating...
 

Emily S
Weanling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 30
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 12:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well it's not specifically designed for broodmares, but I've heard good things about it being fed to broodmares. The vet is coming out on Wednesday, so I guess I'll know for sure what to feed her. It's just hard for me to feed her three times a day since I'm not usually home in the afternoons... I will pick up some alfalfa though, that's a good suggestion. I don't know why I didn't think of that! Thank you



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