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Pregnant or just fat?

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Stephanie Pure
Neonate
Username: Milly

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 07:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi there guys, I just found this forum and figured you might be able to help me out!

I have a TB mare I rescued from the doggers. I have had her for nearly 8 months, she was skinny and bony when I got her, but put on weight and settled down well. In the past month she has absolutely ballooned out though, with no increase in her feed, and we have barely any grass. I ride her 3 or 4 times each week, only fairly lightly as it is just pleasure plodding lol.

I have had people asking whether she is pregnant because of her big hanging belly. She was wormed 3 weeks ago, and is done regularly every 6 to 8 weeks. If she was preggers, she would have to be about 9ish months at least to fit in with the dates i got her...

I plan on getting her checked by the vet just incase, and I have a wee tester kit thing to do as well, but figured I would ask around and see what people thought from some belly photos.

Here is a link to the piccies I put up:

http://bushcapital.org.au/forum/index.php?topic=2144.0

So what do you reckon?
 

Robin
Weanling
Username: 1horselady

Post Number: 27
Registered: 09-2008
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 05:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its really hard to tell in the photo. Her teats look like she has foaled before and if she was minimum 8-9 months pregnant then probably too early to see any bagging. Have you seen her go into heat yet this year?

Here is my TB mare at 10 months to compare, she is maiden.
[IMG]http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c56/1horselady/Luna%20Pregnancy/IMG_0810.jpg[/IMG]

A scan costs under $70 in my area, not sure with your vet. It would be worth knowing. There are extra things that pregnant mares need. I would also be concerned on the type of wormer you have been giving her if she is pregnant, some are bad for baby.
Good luck and keep us posted if she is pregnant!
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 638
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 05:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think a vet check would be in order. It is hard to tell without knowing her body shape from before, but that shape could definately be baby. Be sure to let us know!
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2068
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 09:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stephanie...I think there's too many variables here to tell from photos. First of all,bringing them back from a bony condition, horses tend to put weight on at the belly first, often giving them a prego look. Secondly, You might not have noticed her in heat, as unhealthy mares sometimes don't cycle.....the wee foal would be accurate at this point. But you can't beat a good old ultrasound. Let us know!
 

Stephanie Pure
Neonate
Username: Milly

Post Number: 2
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 05:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well Milly had her vet check today, and she is NOT pregnant! He palpated and apparently couldn't feel a thing, and since she would be at least 8 months he says it shoul have been easy to feel.

So she is just a really really good doer and needs a diet and more excercise lol. ;)

Thanks heaps for the advice!
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 2277
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stephanie...well at least you have your answer..hopefully you are not too disappointed but at least you can get her in good shape and pick the stallion if you decide to breed...Thanks for letting us know :-)
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 1542
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 05:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stephanie, My rescue mare did the exact same thing. And I also suspected pregnancy. She was also non preg. I do think that when they are so neglected they get that appearance before they settle in to a good body score.
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 653
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 07:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I learned that lesson the $150 vet expense way, also! Here is one of the mares I have rescued and the second pic is 20 days later! I thought for sure she was in foal. It made me so mad to know all this girl need was basic food and she rounded right out. Our animal neglect laws stink in this state...
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d106/katheekj/Misc%20Horse%20Pics/Heartbreaker BeforePicture.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d106/katheekj/Misc%20Horse%20Pics/Frontview6-2 6-06.jpg
 

Stephanie Pure
Neonate
Username: Milly

Post Number: 3
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 08:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Woah! Lucky my non pregnant lesson only cost me $40. ;)

We have winter coming on soon, so I figure her having a little extra weight is not going to be a bad thing right about now anyway.

I never really planned on breeding her, I have only been riding for nearly a year, and she is my first horse. I am so busy training her each week I doubt I would have time for a foal, no idea how you guys do it!
 

marie bing
Weanling
Username: Marie09

Post Number: 22
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This actually answered a question for me! I have a mare that I just got that was way under weight and now she looks pregnant. The vet said she isn't, so we're pretty sure that the whole settling into her weight is her issue too.



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