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  • I was positive my mare is in foal but now i'm not sure
  • I dont know if my mare is pregnate

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    04-21-2012, 03:13 PM
  #1
Foal
I'm worried my mare might be pregnant?

Hi,

I might be over reacting.... but I got a mare 9months ago from a yard that had stallions, since then we haven't been able to ride her, as she's got me off every time.... had all her teeth/back/saddle checked nothing showed up she's been on rest most of the time since then apart from a few free school sessions...

About 3 months ago I noticed she was getting bigger in the belly area, and also that her boobs where a lot more droopy than usual, since then she's been getting puffy legs and been a lot more mareish than normal...

Also a week ago a new gelding came to the yard, and this should've bought her into season as his a ex-stallion and has only been cut a few months... and all the other mares have been brought into season

Today I was checking her over and ran my hand across the side of her belly and felt a tap from inside her stomach, she's been VERY sensitive about her belly being touched the last few weeks... and her boobs have been growing, but I can't get close enough to feel them...


Here's the problem, she's been having seasons up till about 1 month ago and she's isn't massive... I'm worried about her being pregnant as she has a small hernia that might open up if she gets very large....

Is there any tests I can do before calling the vet?

Advice please :/
     
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    04-21-2012, 03:26 PM
  #2
Weanling
Sorry for this happening..lots of people have been getting mares already covered and not knowing. At this point especially with her medical situation a vet is the best and safest I believe at this time. Good Luck
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    04-21-2012, 03:28 PM
  #3
Trained
No there are no tests. You need to call the vet.
     
    04-21-2012, 03:40 PM
  #4
Foal
A friend of mine who's study to be a vet said to do a home pregnancy on maisie's pee test as horses have the same hormone when pregnant as human's do....

Has anyone done this before?

Also has anyone had a mare that has given birth with a hernia? I bought her knowing I couldn't bred from her because of this... and the thought of a foal is exciting but really worrying cause I don't want to lose her because of it... but if she is pregnant what actual impact does this have on her hernia?
     
    04-21-2012, 03:42 PM
  #5
Trained
Those are all questions that you need to talk to with your vet.
     
    04-21-2012, 03:43 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by DeeSmith    
a friend of mine who's study to be a vet said to do a home pregnancy on maisie's pee test as horses have the same hormone when pregnant as human's do....

Has anyone done this before?

Also has anyone had a mare that has given birth with a hernia? I bought her knowing I couldn't bred from her because of this... and the thought of a foal is exciting but really worrying cause I don't want to lose her because of it... but if she is pregnant what actual impact does this have on her hernia?
Why wasn't the hernia fixed and could it be fixed now???
     
    04-21-2012, 03:54 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
Why wasn't the hernia fixed and could it be fixed now???
My vet said it's not a 'open' hernia (which means it doesn't have a opening to the other side of the stomach wall but the weakness in the stomach wall is there and it can open with pregnancy or fast weight gain) it's just where her belly button was when she was a foal.... and i'm not sure about the hernia... she's had it from birth pretty much

The vet said not to worry about it if i'm not breeding and if she's only going to be used as a hack... which she was.... but she's been sat in a field for ages now...

I don't know much about horse pregnancy... as i've never had a pregnant horse...
     
    04-21-2012, 03:57 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I hope your friend isn't far along in their studies as they are completely off base in advising you regarding the pregnancy tests. There ARE tests designed to detect the hormones associated with equine pregnancies, but the hormones involved with human and equine pregnancies are completely different and the tests for each species are NOT able to be used on the other. Honestly, a haul-in palpation is likely not going to cost much more than ordering an equine urine test online, paying shipping, going through the hassle of collecting the specimen and then *hoping* you get the test done right - plus, if it does come up positive, you are still going to be contacting the vet to give her a check-up, so why not just call the vet and skip the added hassle and expenses.
     
    04-21-2012, 03:59 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by DeeSmith    
My vet said it's not a 'open' hernia (which means it doesn't have a opening to the other side of the stomach wall but the weakness in the stomach wall is there and it can open with pregnancy or fast weight gain) it's just where her belly button was when she was a foal.... and i'm not sure about the hernia... she's had it from birth pretty much

The vet said not to worry about it if i'm not breeding and if she's only going to be used as a hack... which she was.... but she's been sat in a field for ages now...

I don't know much about horse pregnancy... as i've never had a pregnant horse...
You need to have your vet check her.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:17 AM
  #10
Foal
Update :

Vet was out yesterday, false alarm!! Thank god, but she did say that her ovaries are really inflamed so need to go on a moody mare type supplement and see if that helps... and that the weight gain was due to her hormone imbalance.

Very glad she isn't pregnant, thanks for the advice :)
     

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