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post #1 of 12 Old 04-16-2012, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cant tell if my Mini Horse is Pregnant!!

Hello all,

So I have a miniature horse mare and she has gotten 'suspiciously' large and I am wondering if she may in fact be pregnant. She was running with studs when I bought her but she was so young I think the woman did not think she could ever be bred (or she did not care, which is more likely). She was around 9months old when I bought her so I feel like it is VERY unlikely she would have come into season at such a young age and was bred. But I have read stories online of it happening, so apparently it can happen.

I examined her udders/teats this evening and she has what appears to be yellow/tan scabs on the end. She did not look to be bagging up, but after taking pictures and looking at non-pregnant mares (online pics) they seem to be a little swollen? So she might be bagging up? I really have no idea as this is my first mare AND my first miniature horse. She did not mind me touching, looking or taking pics of her udders. I have noticed a change in her temperment over the past few months but I figured it was due to all the time I have spent working with her. She is much easier to handle and is friendly (when i first got her all she did was try to bite and kick)

I have the vet coming out next week to do coggins and shots etc so she will be looked at and examined then. But I am worried that she may be showing signs of baggng up and could be far along?! Need some other opinions, please help!
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 08:53 AM
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To me it doesn't look like she's bagging up at all and if she was far along into the pregnancy where she was bagging up her belly would be a lot bigger, so I don't think she's pregnant.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 09:00 AM
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I think you should just get examed just to be sure. It could just be hormones. Even mare maiden mare(ultrasound for pregnancy next week so may not be maiden) has swollen udders so it could be hormones. Just get her checked anways.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou for your opinions! Do you think she is just super overweight? I know Minis can get rather plump very easily! She has been less active over the past month so maybe she just added a few pounds. She does not run around and play like she used to

The vet is coming next week and I am just going to keep an extra close eye on her until then I suppose. I will post more pics if I see any change in her
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 11:58 AM
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Has she been de-wormed lately? Since the vet is coming soon I would definitely chat with her/him about it. Mini's don't need much to eat and yes, they can plump up really fast and you need to be careful about that for health reasons.

Also, anytime a young horse conceives, that becomes a high risk pregnancy so you definitely will want to figure this one out sooner than later. The other concern is that a mini is ALWAYS to be considered high risk pregnancy. You have to watch them carefully.

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She just looks fat to me. There's no bagging up at all of her teats. But yes, if you're concerned have the vet test and make sure.

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 12:04 PM
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Nothing in those photos looks like a bred mare (especially at the point of pregnancy which she would be at) to me. Time for a vet visit so that you can address either pregnancy or a better nutritional/management plan and maintain her health.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-17-2012, 12:10 PM
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She doesn't look bred to me. Just fat.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-18-2015, 08:32 PM
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Question Same problem, unknowing if mare is in foal

Hello everyone, I am a new member and have miniature horses as well as a 16.1 hh horse.
The mare I am concerned about is 34" and is on lease for a while. She ended up being served by the stallion late autumn (NZ seasons approx late April, early May) at her owners property. I have been noticing a change in her body weight. She is on minimum grass, has been wormed. I can not feel movement and I have not seen her come into season. I really need help to figure out if she is in foal as I have never had a pregnant mare on the property and want to do the right things.

I have looked at the photo's provided and Bella seems to be swollen in the udder. Nipples straight down, middle torso very round and she has also got friendlier as she has always been a very frightened girl. Unknown history before her owner and I had her.

Your help and suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-19-2015, 12:01 AM
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Vet check?????????
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