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Mare possibly pregnant - just weaned from yearling foal

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Jen
Nursing Foal
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 16
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 03:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I bought a mini mare back from her owner that is 6 years old. In that time period she had 1 foal when she was here for me when she was 2 (bought her bred) and two foals for her new owner.
Last year she had a filly and the filly has been breaking the fence down (along with her mother) to nurse. So this mare had a huge tight bag when she arrived yesterday obviously from the nursing foal (who did not come with her-she is totally alone now since yesterday).
What concerns me, is she was bred by a yearling colt (which I am aware is most likely not fertile-but he got her and knew his job!).
How do I know if she is in foal by her udder if she just got weaned off her yearling filly? It went down a bit this morning.
She seems just a tad overweight but her previous owner swears she looks in foal to her. I am pretty convinced that she is not-if she is she would be due end of July-Aug. The only things making me think there is a small chance is that she is moody as heck and swishing her tail and kicking at my hand if I try to feel her belly. (she yawns the whole time too).
Also I am aware that colostrum could be lost and her overall condition affected from a foal nursing this far into a pregnancy, (however I am pretty convinced she is just fat) I am just glad I got her off the ignorant woman who just let her breed to anything!
Vet check will be done, my vet takes forever to return calls.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3519
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 08:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"which I am aware is most likely not fertile"...
horses can breed and ARE fertile beyond 8 or 9 months!
You cannot tell by her udder if you just pulled a foal off her. Her milk will still test high for calcium, and it probably looks like an 'about to foal' udder.
She is going to be moody, as her udder is not stretched TIGHT, and no foal to relieve the pressure...this will often cause them to be moody and objectionable to you touching her belly.

I think the only way to tell is to have the vet visit. If she'd be due in July, you should have good foal movement by now. Watch her while she's eating for movement....other than that, just ask the vet.
If she is bred, and due soon, you will need to buy Seramune to replace colostrum.
 

Jen
Nursing Foal
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 17
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 09:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh I know he CAN be fertile, but chances are lower than a two or three year old obviously.
I have seen and heard gas but nothing that qualifies as foal movement. She is not upset about me touching her udder, only her belly and it seems to be in the spot that a foal would be sitting. Her sides are flat and she doesn't look dropped enough to have a slab sided look if she was indeed in foal and preparing to deliver. Her demeanor is just weird, hanging in the barn and irritated as heck when I fuss with her, even grooming annoys her. Ahh mares...sigh
 

Susan
Breeding Stock
Username: Luv4mastiffs567

Post Number: 448
Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jen, can you post a pic of your mare? My mini mare didnt get big at all this year and she didnt drop either so its possilbe she could be bred and if she was still nursing her other foal she just might not be big because the other foal was taking alot from her..
My stud also bred my mare in 2008 and was only 1 1/2 years old and the mare produced a colt last year. So who knows. Please let us know what happens... Good luck.
 

Jen
Nursing Foal
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 18
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My camera is having trouble with outside pics but I have video and one pic I can post...bad angle on the pic!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/thymes75/horses/DALLY_July5_2010093.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MPbwk30FJc
 

Jen
Nursing Foal
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 19
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Friday, July 09, 2010 - 11:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Better video....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f5A8Iyr_R4
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2143
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, July 09, 2010 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I dont think so Jen, she doesnt look close to foaling to me. If she is bred she isnt very far along.Just my HO.
 

Susan
Breeding Stock
Username: Luv4mastiffs567

Post Number: 451
Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 02:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She dont look in foal to me niether but like Holly said she might not be that far along if she is. She sure is a cutie though. I love her color.
 

Jen
Nursing Foal
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 20
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 03:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, I kind of figured. But we shall see. Now that she is getting more food she might fatten even more, then I will definitely think she is in foal! LOL
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 2144
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 05:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is always wee foal to check her if you dont want to go the vet route.:-)
 

Jen
Weanling
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 21
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm thinking about it...do mares have milk veins even when they are nursing and done nursing? She still has thick white milk and was done with her last foal last Wednesday.
And her butt muscles are LOOSE. I swear I felt a thump today.
 

Jen
Weanling
Username: Mini_love

Post Number: 22
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Never mind, previous owner just found paperwork and the stud was sold in June..so not pregnant!



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