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post #1 of 18 Old 02-11-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Mare is 8 months pregnant but not showing...

So..this is my Oldenburg mare Jazmine. She is about 8 months pregnant..but (to me) she isn't showing Please don't start the "call the vet!!!" rant...lol. She has already been checked several times and confirmed in foal. My vet is coming next month to do shots so I am hoping to do another ultrasound then just to make sure everything is still going well. But Im just curious do you/have you had any mares that still aren't/weren't showing even in the last 3 months? If I were to just see her somewhere I would never guess she was pregnant! Please post pics if possible of any mares you have/had that didn't show! These pictures of Jazz were taken today...please excuse the mud...it is the middle of winter
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And for comparison pics...this is my other Oldenburg mare Sequel that is also eight months pregnant...clearly showing!..lol

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If she is a maiden mare, that would solve your issue. :) Some maiden mares don't show at all during their pregnancy. Seem how you have 3 more months for that foal to grow, I wouldn't worry. The last three months of gestation is when they fetus gets its growth spurt, maybe then she will start to show.

I am glad to see that you have taken care of all of her veternarian needs before hand. I am guessing this was a planned pregnancy, so you are doing pretty good in my book. Beautiful mare by the way.
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AHA!...yes...I believe she is a maiden. I should have thought of that! And yep..it was a planned one! She is in foal to the OLD NA approved black Dutch Warmblood Armani :) Thank-you!
This is my first year breeding and I just jumped right in with 2 preggo mares at once. I just want to do everything perfectly for them..lol. Still...I would love to see pics of other mares that are around 8 months :) Thank-you!!
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Well, there is your issue solved. :) Probably the most likely cause of her not showing. Especially since she is confirmed in foal by a vet, not your farrier. (Lmao... wish I wouldn't have missed that thread.)

I don't have a picture of my mare that foaled in 2009 when she was eight months along. She was maiden and if I recall right, she never got really big.

Though, on the other hand. I have a rescue mare that is very close to foaling now. I can share a picture of her when she was eight months along. Keep in mind, she is no where near being a maiden. XD

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Also, if you would like, you should start a foaling thread for your two girls. :) I'm sure everyone on the forum would love to watch them progress, definitely will want to see the foals.

Good luck with foaling, thank you for keeping your mares in check with the vet.
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Especially since she is confirmed in foal by a vet, not your farrier. (Lmao... wish I wouldn't have missed that thread.)

Hehe...ya..I saw that thread I thought it was serious at first and was truly quite worried


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Wow! Quite a belly on her! Sequel has only had one other foal and is showing pretty well..but nothing like that yet!

Also, if you would like, you should start a foaling thread for your two girls. :) I'm sure everyone on the forum would love to watch them progress, definitely will want to see the foals.

I would love to! Aren't they usualy started only about a month before the mare foals though?

Good luck with foaling, thank you for keeping your mares in check with the vet.

Thanks! And good luck to you too!!
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Not always. I started Lena's at 5 months, though I updated every month until things started changing. It really is up to you when you start it.
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Foaling threads are started when you decide to start one. Some start months before they are due and some when they are on the verge of popping. You have more time to showcase your mares and the daddy when you start earlier. You can make it easier on yourself by having only one thread with both mares for everyone to stalk. Anyways, some mares suck up their flank, hardly show baby until the very end while others just let it all hang out.
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Here is a pic of my western pleasure mare about 2 1/2 months before she foaled a nice healthy big girl. She is a 2y/o coming three here and is a maiden.



And another of my bred mare now, taken at about 2 months away or so.


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Many mares go through a stage at 8 or 9 months where the foal shifts and all of a sudden they don't look pregnant. I've been known to walk the pasture looking for a slipped foal when all of a sudden one of my mares stopped looking pregnant. That's about the time I start thumping too, just to make sure the foal is still there and OK...
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