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Maiden mares who don't look pregnant

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Liz
Nursing Foal
Username: Anytimenow

Post Number: 13
Registered: 09-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've been researching maiden mare pregnancies and found several instances in which the mare minimally or never shows any outward appearance of being pregnant prior to foaling. I'm curious, for those who may have experienced this, in addition to the lack of an obvious pregnant belly/udder, does this also mean that foal movement was not seen?
 

Leanne H
Breeding Stock
Username: Cntrygal4life80

Post Number: 228
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i have a maiden mare last year .. vet said she was preggy 2 times and end up not even being pregant she lost it .. didnt look pregant but showed the signs with utter ,discomfort... he called it phantom foal.. she acts like it but nothing there.. she is pregant now and i feel the baby kick and move around and is 245 days and shes gotten big.. how far along is the mare? if shes not getting fatter than she was then id have a vet come out and check her again.. thats my oppion..
 

Liz
Nursing Foal
Username: Anytimenow

Post Number: 14
Registered: 09-2009
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 07:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Leanne, thanks for your thoughts.

I do have a mare that vet says isn't pregnant (you can see my post in the abortion/pregnancy loss section), and I'm sure he's right.

I have seen on several horse forums how mare owners were surprised by foals in apparently non-pregnant appearing mares. In fact, I just read another post on another board this morning. I guess my thought is this...were all pregnancy signs missed because they truly weren't there or were the signs missed because pregnancy wasn't suspected and therefore nobody was watching closely.

So, in the interim, while waiting for transition season to pass and preparing for re-breeding, I'm just doing some research. Since we're all just waiting anyway. lol.
 

Allison
Breeding Stock
Username: Jumbletwist

Post Number: 130
Registered: 02-2010
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 08:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I knew of a racehorse that ended up foaling in her stall at the racetrack...she must not have showed much due to being race fit. Poor mare! Guess it was good that she didn't have a problem foaling, all that was said about it was that there was a foal discovered at feedtime the next early morning. Noone witnessed her in labor nor giving birth. Guess they were lucky to find them both healthy in this case!
 

Liz
Nursing Foal
Username: Anytimenow

Post Number: 15
Registered: 09-2009
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^ Oh that poor girl!
 

Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 433
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 09:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is a maiden and at 344 days currently. Her belly is not large at all-- I figure with this being her first foal those muscles are not stretch--and she was in excellent condition. I do see the foal move and have had her check twice so know she is pregnant. Also she does have an udder and is showing all the signs of foaling soon...... but as far as belly goes not very big. I am not expecting a huge foal
 

Liz
Nursing Foal
Username: Anytimenow

Post Number: 16
Registered: 09-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 05:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Dorthy! Wishing you all the best with the foaling...should be soon! Do you have any photos?
 

Marilyn Lemke
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Marilyn_l

Post Number: 2632
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 07:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Dorthy, I worried about my maiden mare being small as well. I think you're right, the muscles aren't stretched. The next pregancy will be different and they show much more, I'm sure.

I can't wait to see your new foal!



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