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    01-15-2011, 07:50 PM
Cool infoal or grass belly?

Hi :)

Im new, im not sure were to post this so ill give it a go..

I have a mare who is very horonmnal currently and has been for few months, I have owned for 6months and in this time, she has filled out alot. I ride basially daily and over the last month she has got fat and struggling with breathing. My instructor gives m Sh!t that she's not fit enough and so on.. and im now torn. As more I ride her the more she struggles.

She is very grumpy when I touch around her stomach back, she hasnt grown around girth area but drops away behind it... im unsure weather its just a grass belly or maybe infoal? What do you think? If looking infoal how far on would you say.. worth getting a vet out?

Here are some photos:

Thanks :)
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    01-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Put your ear on the bottom side of her belly and see if you can hear the baby moving.
    01-15-2011, 08:27 PM
Green Broke
Has she been in with a stud & if so, when? I'd ask her previous owners.
If you've owned her 6 months, then she would be atleast that far along and therefor just about into her 3rd trimester which is when they really start to balloon.
Her milk bag wont fill much until the last 30 days.
Pictures from behind are best.. to me she just looks over weight but if you give it another month or two & she still continues to gain weight, especially towards the back of her belly then i'd get the vet to check.
    01-16-2011, 12:33 AM
Green Broke
When my mare was about 8 months along I could see and feel the foal kicking. I was sort of like you- I bought a mare (and actually had the vet check her and was told she was NOT pregnant), and then around April when the vet came to do shots and float teeth, I had him check her again and viola, this time she was VERY in foal! I started to suspect it because I was riding her a lot and she kept getting bigger instead of fitter, lol!

The only sure way to know is to have the vet out. Unless there is something bouncing around in there that could can see or feel.

About 2 months before my mare was due, I quit riding her because it became obvious it was getting hard on her. I even rode her to a neighbor's house and she laid down. So if she IS pregnant that would make sense about her being out of breath.
    01-16-2011, 02:52 AM
Thanks :) I tried to listen but she just gets really grumpy and tries to bit me/cow kick.

She would be atleast 7months so are there anyway you can tell without vet? I've got one of the urine pregancy tests on way. Does anyone know if theyre acute?
    01-16-2011, 03:00 AM
Green Broke
Have you asked the previous owners if its possible?
    01-16-2011, 06:00 AM
How often is she turned out? More or less than at her old home?
How old is she?
How much hay and grain does she get?
What sort of training do you do with her?

If you can't tell yourself, I would have a vet out. If she IS 7 months pregnant, she should be checked. If she is NOT pregnant, and is struggling with her work despite lots of turnout, ridden exercise, and proper diet, there could be something else wrong with her.

She's a gorgeous mare by the way; if you do have a foal on the way, I bet it will be a cute one! :)

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