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post #1 of 3 Old 07-23-2010, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Can I tell if my horse was bred?

I just moved my horse to a new stable, and the field where she gets turned out is next to a field with at least 1 stallion. The lady who has the stallion was supposed to put up hot wire because her horses had torn the fence up pretty badly. She hasn't done that yet, so I had just been turning her out in the round pen.

Today, a guy that we're friends with that boards out there turned my horse out in the field that she's "assigned" to. The other horses broke through the fence and got in with her. Instead of bringing her in, he called me to see if he should bring her in or leave her out. I was asleep and didn't call him back until an hour later when I woke up. He didn't bring her in until an hour later.

I'm pretty sure there's 2 or 3 studs in the field, so I'm hoping they were too busy fighting with each other to get to her, but she is in heat, so she definitely would have let them if they tried.

Are there any signs I can look for today when I go out there to tell if she was bred? How soon can a vet tell if she is pregnant? How soon can they do an abortion if she is pregnant?

She's at least in her late teens, possibly even in her 20's, so I'm hoping that even if she did get bred that she's not pregnant... Wish me luck.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-24-2010, 10:16 AM
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Sometimes you can get a pretty good idea that breeding has most likely taken place by looking-- sometimes not. Being a day later any signs may have faded.

It might look shinier or moister under her tail than usual, like someone wiped her off with a damp rag. There might be some dirt from the stallion's hooves in stripes down her sides or on her back. She might have hairs from his coat stuck wherever his body rubbed on hers--- but again, maybe not.

An averagely competent vet can detect a pregnancy via ultrasound by 14-16 days along. Via palpation, its usually after 21 days that they can tell-- some vets not until 25-30 days.

I think the shot can be given 5 days to a week after her last day of being in heat, up until around 90 days after the possible breeding date (some vets will give the shot later than that, up to around day 120.)

If you are pretty sure she got bred, some vets will administer the shot the week after the breeding without determining a pregnancy (too early to), and then will want to ultrasound or palpate later to make sure its gone. This is because the risk of giving the shot to a non-pregnant mare is low-- but either way giving the shot will most likely bring her back into heat earlier, so its important to make sure she is secured away from the stallion.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-24-2010, 10:26 AM
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^^ What she said. Better to treat it as though she WAS bred, then to wait and see, hope she's not, and risk being too late to do anything about it. The vet can give her the shot regardless of whether she actually conceived or not.

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