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post #101 of 116 Old 09-14-2013, 03:01 PM
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Not that you can probably answer this, but WHAT IS WITH THESE VETS AND THE BLOOD TEST B.S.? You're the 2nd person I've heard whose vet wanted to do blood instead of just palpating or ultrasounding.

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Dream catcher.... Seems like the mare was being holy hell for vaccines, let alone trying to palpate without stocks.... Though I don't understand why they didn't tranq to confirm it. I can't handle "maybe", though.

I have been hearing quite a few people not preg checking with palpations... Seems like playing with fire to me.... The risk of twins is too high to play roulette with, IMHO.
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Not that you can probably answer this, but WHAT IS WITH THESE VETS AND THE BLOOD TEST B.S.? You're the 2nd person I've heard whose vet wanted to do blood instead of just palpating or ultrasounding.
My vet only did blood tests from my mare who gave birth 2 years ago. Never palpitated or gave an ultrasound throughout her entire pregnancy! We were lucky that she didn't have twins...although the foal was a big filly!
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I'd be finding a new vet that knew what they were doing. As for no stocks, you can still contain the mare in a stall and put hay bales along side and behind her to stop her from kicking, that's known as an "Amish Stock", twitch her and get it done. Or have her hauled in to the office or another farm where there is a good sturdy stock.
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post #105 of 116 Old 09-16-2013, 03:40 AM
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I'd be getting a hand up there right about now hun ;)
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post #106 of 116 Old 09-17-2013, 04:58 PM
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Seems like the mare was being holy hell for vaccines, let alone trying to palpate without stock
My horse is the biggest wuss with needles, and throws a huge fuss. When I had her ultrasounded (for the first time ever), I don't think she even noticed that there was someone all up in her business back there. Ears were pricked forward the entire time and she didn't move a muscle - however, she was in stocks. Sometimes, you just never know how they're going to react.
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post #108 of 116 Old 09-17-2013, 09:26 PM
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Find a new vet.

The one you have now obviously isn't smart enough to figure out if a mare is pregnant or not. Either that or the vet just doesnt give a darn. This is silly. Your maiden mare has been pregnant for Over a year if her breeding date was really Sept 6th.

Beside you've never even had confirmation that she IS INDEED IN FOAL. Why wouldn't you do anything to find out for sure? Because itll stress the mare? That's silly. She'll get over any stress quickly.

Quite frankly, if she is pregnant. I think your risking your mare and the unborn foal by not getting the proper vet care.

Has she even had pre-foaling shots? Nothing has been mentioned about them that I see. Especially considering this mare is nasty about shots.

She doesn't look pregnant in any of the pictures that I've seen.
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Where did you go? How is Shadow?
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Sorry. I have been soooo busy at school. I am having surgery tomorrow and needed to prepare for a sub teacher for the next 3 months while I am out of work. I am having a torn rotator cuff repaired! In the meantime, Shadow is fine....she is starting to grow her velvety winter coat! Believe it or not, I am praying that she is not pregnant at this point. She has filled udders...that's it! Never seen that happen before! All that anxiety for nothing! But she is healthy, so I am happy! :)
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