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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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My mare getting a ultrasound

So I have been reading all over to get an ultrasound at 16 days to check for twins. My vets office said they can not do an ultrasound until 17 days and the 17th lands on a sunday so they can't do it till the 18th day.

Now I turned 18 this year so now my horse is my responsibility and no longer under my parents care but my mare was bred in the past and my mom didnt have her checked until like the 30th day of pregnancy she didn't know they do ultrasounds now. ( I kept telling her to get checked and she kept telling me no they can't tell at this time ) *rollseyes* well she had twins and she my mare aborted them

I have been doing a lot of research and all I find is different anwers just wanna make sure if she happened to have twins again this would be early enough to pinch one?
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also I have wondered is there a certain time after breeding that they settle I know it is healthy to ride them during pregnancy but I've heard to that it takes a certain amount of time till its settled and attached and until then its very vulnerable to be lost
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Pregnancies can be checked as early as 14 days. Its better to go 16 days and try and pinch before 19 days I think? I haven't looked. Someone else will answer that. If she has twinned before shell likely twin again so timing is everything. If you can't get in any earlier than hit them up Monday and go from there. If she has twins and you miss a vital time to pinch one off either one she aborts them both or two she could loose them at birth being still born....not a pretty picture and waste of money breeding.
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Pregnancies can be checked as early as 14 days. Its better to go 16 days and try and pinch before 19 days I think? I haven't looked. Someone else will answer that. If she has twinned before shell likely twin again so timing is everything. If you can't get in any earlier than hit them up Monday and go from there. If she has twins and you miss a vital time to pinch one off either one she aborts them both or two she could loose them at birth being still born....not a pretty picture and waste of money breeding.
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Thank you for the nice reply. That is exactly how I feel I have an appointment for Monday just trying to debate if I wanna maybe look for a vet that may be further away but does it sooner than that.
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That may have to be your best bet. Never hurts to look around. :)
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I'm no expert, but I think that you are safe to wait at this stage, if she was scanned at 15 days or so it's possible that one wouldn't be pinched, but they would leave it to see if one fails to progress.

You can I believe pinch up to 28 days, but the risk of losing both foals gets higher, but the chance of one of them not developing also grows.
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I had my mare checked at 18 days, come to find out she was 20 days already. My vet wasn't concerned with the timing...
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It is possible to see an embryo at day 12 (although it's teeny) but generally the ultrasound will be done on day 15 to check for pregnancy. I believe our vet told us that he cannot pinch anything after day 18 or 19 because they begin to attach themselves to the uterine wall and it's too late. If I were you I would get an earlier appointment from a different vet just to be safe. Twins are a big risk for the mares and foals.
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Once its attached you're going to have problems if she has twins. Around 17 days to 19 they attach to her uterous wall.
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Really bugs me that this vet says that's the earliest that they check mares =( all others say they are all to busy
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