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post #1 of 38 Old 02-21-2012, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anxious about preggo mare.

Hi everyone!

We are on day 331 with Sweetie, and sooo anxious. Not sure if my imagination is getting the best of me, (I do have the tendency to overthink things) but "false pregnancy" has crossed my mind, and I want to hear your thoughts from your experience. Here's the deal:

Sweetie is our 12 year old APHA mare.

She has lots of great talents and she is everything my husband has looked for in a horse. He did his research and got the opportunity to breed her to a stud that he really and truly wanted to breed her to. The stud is local, and she was successfully covered at least twice. After that, we have not seen her come into season - not a sign, not a glimmer. She mellowed out considerably when riding her. She gained weight, but has never gotten to the point that anyone would think she was pregnant....just fat...especially for Sweetie, she is usually lean and muscular. We just treated her "as if." Did everything as if she was pregnant. We did not have her tested early on...we assumed that since she was not cycling, she was pregnant.

On day 320, I was checking her out, and noticed her teats were changing. There was no waxing, but I was able to express milk easily from them. The vet came out and palpated her, and said her uterus is "huge." I didn't ask for an ultrasound...I didn't realize it was something they could do right then and there with no real preparation. I know it now, but the vet didn't bother to explain that.

It's Day 331. Sweetie's teats remain swollen, but no real "bagging." Her vulva looks normal, no real sign of relaxing yet.

Question that goes out to all of y'all.....based on the fact that we are on day 331 and nothing is happening.....and the fact that she only looks "fat" but not like a typical preggo mare......is there a chance this is a false pregnancy? Does the uterus enlarge, and can they produce milk during false pregnancy? I know, I know......call the vet! I will. I just really like having the input of people with experience.
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post #2 of 38 Old 02-21-2012, 11:59 PM
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If the vet palpated her anytime after 3-4 months along, he can very easily feel a foal, and would have if he was doing his job. I'd go get a $25 palpation. Can you post current pics of her?
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post #3 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 12:00 AM
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we had a mare show up at our barn looking more preggo then most preggo horses look, she was also producing milk.
Called the vet out and had her checked....and nope no baby.
We even had a 2nd vet take a look at her and he agreed....no baby.

It is possible that she could be but to know for sure is to get the vet out and give you a yes or no.....not much anyone on here can tell you.
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post #4 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 12:07 AM
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Did the vet say she was in foal or not, or he didn't know & just couldn't feel the foal? Seems strange, every vet I have seen do a palpation at 5 months, knew right away, either by feeling a baby or not.
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post #5 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 12:30 AM
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I love her color! If she holds that baby (she might be concealing) in some weird manner, it would be difficult to feel. A false pregnancy can fully imitate being pregnant, but it cannot imitate a placenta that can be seen in an ultrasound. My mom's mare holds her baby down and forward, so the vet couldn't even see it with an ultrasound at about 230 days in foal, but that fact that they could look at the placenta meant that baby was in there too. LOL
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post #6 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 12:48 AM
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If your horse is a maiden mare she may not show much, I'm guessing when the vet said her uterus was huge he meant she was in foal, your at 331 days mares can go 360 and still be in the normal range, average is 343 days.
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post #7 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'm unsure as to what the vet was saying at all! She just said, "Well, y'all are probably right that she's pregnant - her uterus is huge." I asked if she felt the baby, she said she was unsure, but that since she had to give Sweetie a mild sedative, the baby might have been sedated and still.

Here is Sweetie 5 minutes ago:
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why did she have to give your mare a sedative?!?!

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post #9 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Sweetie kicked at her when she tried to rectal her.
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post #10 of 38 Old 02-22-2012, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Trying again with the pic.....let me know if you see it now....
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