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Eight month pregnant mare - Palpation Negitive?!

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Marie
Neonate
Username: Lumani

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 03:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello,

General question for you. I have a 14 year old Al Khamsa Arabian mare who is supposedly 8 months pregnant by the same stallion she was bred to last year.

We didn't think was pregnant last year because she was showing signs of heat. I know that his is not uncommon in some mares. We were suprised in the spring when she started showing and we had her palpated and she was pregnant!

This year however we thought she was pregnant, she is showing and acting like a cranky pregnant mare, however when they palpated her last week the test came back not pregnant. How acrete are most vet exams? is it possible she could be pregnant and the foal was 'hiding' in the horn? or would the fetus be to big for that now?

Thanks in advance everyone!
 

Bobbi Govro
Weanling
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 23
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 04:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Marie: I'm just going to throw out some info my vet told me. Don't know if this will help or not...I was told that it is very, very difficult to palpate a foal from the 4 month through the 9 month term as the foal "disappears" down below the pelvic bone. We were concerned my mare may have twins and when we took her in at 4 months prego...it was too late to palpate and my vet said..."don't know if there are twins or not, I can barely feel the nose so I know there's one in there but too hard to tell anything else." I think the only way you can be positvely sure would be to have an ultrasound done.
 

Bonny
Nursing Foal
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 13
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think you may also want to follow it up with blood work. I have heard what Bobbi said several times, also I dont know if US would help if its over the pelvis, unless they can do an abdominal US. Good luck.



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