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post #1 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Is my mare pregnant?!

Hey guys :) I have just sold one of my horses (3year old, 14.2hh), and she is going on Thursday. With me she lives out on common land where there is about 30 horses. Only thing is, she is VERY fat and her belly is odd shaped. She has no milk in her teats. (Not unusual for first timers), stallions aren't allowed out on the common land, but I wouldn't put it past some people. Here are some pictures of her belly. I will put some up of her teats tomorrow.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:22 PM
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TBH forum users cannot possibly tell you a difiniative answer as to wether or not your mare is pregnant, you need a vet out to perform a scan/internal examination. I hope for your mare's sake at 3 years old she is not.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I know that I was wondering whether people think she's fat or possibly pregnant. I really doubt she is as stallions aren't allowed out there.
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I cannot view the photos, has she been wormed? A bloted belly can be a sign of a tapeworm infestation.

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post #5 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:27 PM
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Impossible to tell from photos. I have seen geldings that look 11 months pregnant.
Only sure way is a vet and you owe it to the new owner to find out.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Yep all up to date on worming etc :) there is a lot of grass where she lives so fingers crossed its just that :) if she is pregnant her belly is so massive she hasn't got long to go and isn't going to be in work for a couple of months whatever happens :)
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 02:36 PM
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I would inform the new owners about your concerns.
A vet check is the only sure way to be certain and if I were the new owners I would insist on one.
Even at 3 if she is bred there is no need to be alarmed as long as she has received proper nutrition and her annual shots the foal and dam should be fine.
No adverse affects on the mares development should occur. Shalom
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 03:11 PM
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Do you check this 'common land' regularly, to see just what horses are there? Do you know the owners of other mares there, to see if any of their horses are possibly in foal?

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post #9 of 13 Old 05-28-2013, 03:15 PM
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Remember too that not all horses will carry their weight the same either. This is my mare last winter. She was just incredibly fat, but I'm sure could be mistaken for pregnant. She carries a good deal of her weight in her barrel area. She also has a larger barrel to begin with, even when she isn't overweight.

EDIT: Meant to also add that if you aren't sure, you should do a vet exam and let her new owners know.

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I would inform the new owners about your concerns.
A vet check is the only sure way to be certain and if I were the new owners I would insist on one.
Even at 3 if she is bred there is no need to be alarmed as long as she has received proper nutrition and her annual shots the foal and dam should be fine.
No adverse affects on the mares development should occur. Shalom
I think it depends on the breeds, typically on the continent warmbloods are bred at 3 or even younger before breaking ing, however, im my own experience which is limited so do not quote me on it, i feel the warmblood doesnt really mature in frame until they are 9. Dee is 11 now and in peak condition.

My comment was 2 fold, the mares young age but also the fact she is unproven, there are enough unwanted foals out there.
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