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Very Fat Mare

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Toni
Weanling
Username: Toni

Post Number: 32
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted this in another thread, but noone answered, so I thought I would try again.
Is there an obvious difference between obesity and pregnancy? I have a little mini mare who looks extremely fat to me. I don't want to have her palpated unless there is a good chance she is pregnant. She is little (except a huge belly and big rear end) and my vet has a large arm. She is only 3. Is there something I can look for? Her belly is not a v, but kind of a wide U, and her tail head is not prominent. She has been with a stallion for the last year, so it is possible, although he is two and has never impregnated any mare yet. I have three other minis who have access to the same amount of food she has. None of them are skinny by any means, but she is much, much fatter in the belly.
Thanks
 

Toni
Weanling
Username: Toni

Post Number: 33
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

(Sorry for the long post)
Also, I worm them all every two months (rotating wormer). They are out on a pasture during the day and get 1/2 cup grain morning and night. We also mix the grain in alfalfa cubes at night as a treat. We cut back last night to 1/4 cup twice a day and 1/2 the alfalfa. She has always had sort of a low belly, I have had her a little over a year. She is also the littlest mini we have (about 29 inches tall). She appears to have a small bag in front of her teats, but I have heard that obesity can cause that. She seems to waddle some when she walks lately, but so far her hooves are fine. It seems like she suddenly got fat, so I am concerned, but my husband thinks she is just eating too much. We had one of the other mares palpated last year (which was negative) and my vet mentioned that palpating this one would be difficult. She was brand new at the time and he was just checking her out.
 

nancy vance
Weanling
Username: Ndv101

Post Number: 23
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am no expert on minis but if she has been w/ a stallion it is possible and even though he hasn't impregnated yet there is a first time for everything. So can you see any of her ribs at all, even the faintest outline. So you really don't know how far along she may be? I really don't know what to tell ya except you may have to call your vet in.Hope you get the answer your looking for!!!!
 

Toni
Weanling
Username: Toni

Post Number: 34
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 04:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just a little rib at the bottom where her belly starts its humongous bulging. Can a vet check without palpating?
 

Jos
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Post Number: 1005
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With obese mares you can indent the fat with a finger, with a pregnant mare you cannot. However, if you are dealing with an obese pregnant mare, you can't tell!!! :-)

A veterinarian can perform a blood test to determine pregnancy status.
 

Toni
Weanling
Username: Toni

Post Number: 35
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Jos, I am going to try the finger indent idea. I really think she is just a big fat mare.

thanks so much for responding.



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