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post #1 of 6 Old 11-01-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Accuracy of Palpating

Hi all!! I am a newbie horse owner and have a few questions. forgive me if this goes on a little I will try to keep it as short as possible. I got my mare from some ppl that could no longer care for her( they had 6 horses on a small dirt pasture) on January 23. in August I saw she was getting a big belly so had a friend come & look and they said they thought she was preg. SO yesterday I took her to the vet and had her palpated. By my guesstimate (if they ppl I got her from are correct) She would be around 10 months. (the stallion got into her pasture somewhere around the begining of December) The 1st vet said that he "thought" he felt something but wasn't sure. used a rectal sonogram externally & couldn't see anything. The other vet came out & said she was confident my mare was not preg! Is palpating a mare accurate??? PLEASE help I am more confused now than before I took her to the vet
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-01-2011, 04:16 PM
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At ten months ANY vet would be able to determine a pregnancy without a doubt. If he couldn't see anything on a sonogram then there's nothing there.

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Ya at 10 months it is not that hard to tell. Even I can tell. The ify time is at about 4-5 months as the fetus is still small yet has enough weight to pull the dexterous down fare enough that the human arm is not long enough to feel it.

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We do ultrasounds on mares at day 28 after breeding and its easy to see the small "ball"in the uterus, including the heartbeat. At ten months, a rectal exam will be easy to find a baby, the vet should be able to feel the baby without a problem..
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At 10mths they should feel something.5-9 mths sometimes they have trouble as the baby is below the pelvic rim & harder to feel.An ultrasound should show something & if they are good repo vet they can also judge on how the uterus & cervix feels
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-02-2011, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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THANK YOU all for replying! I was/am pretty confused. I also thought at aprox.10 months they would be able to feel a baby. The sonogram probe he used was a rectal probe but used it on her underbelly & he said it would not penetrate deep enough to see anything. If she were preg she would be at least that far since she hasn't been around any stallions since I've had her. From what the dentist said when I had her teeth done she is around 20 yrs old so her not being pregnant is a good thing for her. Again thank you all this does help!
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