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post #1 of 28 Old 09-18-2011, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is it a grass belly or a baby belly?

Hello! I have a 15 year old mare that has had a belly that I'm not sure what to call it... She had a foal about 5 or 6 years ago. Her belly keeps getting bigger and bigger... I'm starting to think it's not a grass belly... We only have 1 male horse in the pasture. We got him in May, and a few months after that is when her belly started to appear. He is a gelding, so I'm just wondering... Any reply is very appreciative.

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post #2 of 28 Old 09-18-2011, 10:12 PM
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Was he gelded when you got him?

How long have you had your mare? Is it possible she was bred before you got her?

If the answer to the above is both yes, he was always gelded, and no, it is not possible she was bred, then it is impossible for her to be pregnant.

If you have serious doubts, call a vet.

But I would make sure to figure it out. Either one needs to be addressed. If she is that overweight that you think she may be pregnant, she needs to go on a diet as her risk for founder or colic goes way up. Or the alternate is that she is pregnant and needs to be taken care of (mare care and careful monitoring).

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I've had her for 4 years now... Yes, he was gelded when I got him. She has always been chunky but I switched her from sweet feed to stock pellet and crimped oats (plain) thinking she would loose a little weight. I switched it about a month and a half ago. She gets worked quite a bit... (Lunged everyday) My gelding has mounted her before, but it can't possibly be his baby... I don't think. It seems like she is getting fatter from exercise and less fattening food. Also, she has been kind of irritated lately. My friend was riding her and she actually tried to buck! She was basically born broke! She's never tried to buck!
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When is the last time she was wormed?
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About a week ago. She's wormed every 2 months.
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post #6 of 28 Old 09-19-2011, 12:28 AM
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Immaculate conception? ;)

Mate, geldings don't even fire blanks, they just don't fire at all. Unless he's a rig, and even then there is an extremely low chance that he would be capeable of getting a mare pregant, then it's impossible that your mare is in foal.
The whole point of gelding a colt is so that he can't breed.

If she's acting out of sorts, I would get your vet to give her a once over. Possibly she's got a belly full of gas that's getting her bloated and making her irritable.

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post #7 of 28 Old 09-19-2011, 12:35 AM
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You 100% positive that gelding was indeed a full gelding? I got a gelding once that dropped a surprise testicle when he hit 3. Someone had home cut the one out so he would sell as a "gelding" at the horse sale as a yearling but the other hadnt dropped yet till he turned 3. I personally palpated him when I bought him and was certain he was a gelding myself. Luckily he was very low key and did not even know he was still partially intact and it was removed post haste after I found it.

When I worked at a riding stablers, we got in several "geldings" that noone had bothered to really get uinder and look at that were obviously studs once you looked and felt.

It isnt impossible to be lied to. If he is mounting her, it is possible he could be a monorchid or cryptorchid or even still a stallion in general if you havent really had a good look and feel. The best thing to do is have the vet out. They can palapate the mare and check the "gelding" too
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post #8 of 28 Old 09-19-2011, 08:11 AM
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Geldings can and will mount mares and perform just as a stallion. It is normal, not sanitary or safe for either mare or gelding, but normal. Just because they are mounting does not make them crptorchids or stallions.

OP if you are seriously worried, have a vet out to check both the mare and gelding. There is no way that random people on the internet can tell you if your mare is pregnant. The only way to tell from pictures/looking at the mare and know for sure is if there are feet on their way out of the mare.
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-19-2011, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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My gelding was rescued... He's about 8 years old. I'm pretty sure he's a gelding... Also, my mare has milk. Tons of it. I'll call up my vet and get her out. Thanks for the comments everyone!
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