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    04-28-2012, 10:58 PM
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Foal
Question Is my mare pregnant or is it just hay belly?

So I got a belgian mare a week or so before x-mas, and I have been watch her closely for the past month and a half. Her bell has been growing, I have wormed her. Here are some things about her. She is a belgian. She is about 14 yo. 16-16.2hh. About 1,750 lb. One pic is of her teets, I have heard that sometimes you can look at them and be able to tell. I am new to this breeding stuff but I am not new to horses. Been around them for 7 years! Please tell me what you guys think!
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    04-28-2012, 11:02 PM
  #2
Trained
Honest opinion? Call a vet. No one online can tell you if a mare is pregnant from pictures unless there are feet on their way out...

Or you can use this - Online Equine Pregnancy Test - Is my horse pregnant?
     
    04-28-2012, 11:06 PM
  #3
Trained
I'm going to venture a guess and say that she is bred and you absolutely need to contact your vet about coming out to look her over. No just for a definite answer, but because there are important shots that need to be given 30 days prior to foaling. They should be given before a mares starts to bag up, but I'd say that if she's bred, she's already bagging. Which is why it's important to get your vet out to take a look at her asap.

She still looks fairly thin. Dietary needs for a pregnant mare so far along as also different then regular feeding. Your vet can recommend what this particular mare will need to sustain herself, and a foal if she is indeed pregnant.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
Honest opinion? Call a vet. No one online can tell you if a mare is pregnant from pictures unless there are feet on their way out...

Or you can use this - Online Equine Pregnancy Test - Is my horse pregnant?
Sorry, forgot to put this. My vet and any others that I can atleast stand (most vets around here are very mean to everyone and their animals.) Can't come for atleast another 3-4 weeks. I am just wondering other peoples opinions. That's it.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
I'm going to venture a guess and say that she is bred and you absolutely need to contact your vet about coming out to look her over. No just for a definite answer, but because there are important shots that need to be given 30 days prior to foaling. They should be given before a mares starts to bag up, but I'd say that if she's bred, she's already bagging. Which is why it's important to get your vet out to take a look at her asap.

She still looks fairly thin. Dietary needs for a pregnant mare so far along as also different then regular feeding. Your vet can recommend what this particular mare will need to sustain herself, and a foal if she is indeed pregnant.
I know that she is still thin....She has gained about 500 lbs since I got her, I grain her every day..Her teets have been getting bigger in the last week or so...I have tried everything I can to get a vet out but they are so full that they have no possible way to get out here.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:09 PM
  #6
Yearling
It's possible she is but she should be vet checked. But here is a pretty good site that shows changes in pregnant mares.
http://yellowhouseranch.com/foaling.htm
     
    04-28-2012, 11:10 PM
  #7
Trained
You have to call a vet as I certainly can't tell.
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    04-28-2012, 11:15 PM
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Trained
If you can't get a vet out, I'd do as much research as possible online so you can detect the signs of labor etc. Get a foaling kit around and be prepared. Have the vet on speed dial incase something goes wrong. Knowledge is power.

Until you know for sure that she is bred, you can only speculate. I'd go on the safe side and be ready for a baby, and many sleepless nights.

Do you know if she has ever foaled before?

Is there anyway to contact previous owners and ask if she was exposed to a stallion 10/11 months ago?
     
    04-28-2012, 11:24 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
If you can't get a vet out, I'd do as much research as possible online so you can detect the signs of labor etc. Get a foaling kit around and be prepared. Have the vet on speed dial incase something goes wrong. Knowledge is power.

Until you know for sure that she is bred, you can only speculate. I'd go on the safe side and be ready for a baby, and many sleepless nights.

Do you know if she has ever foaled before?

Is there anyway to contact previous owners and ask if she was exposed to a stallion 10/11 months ago?
Thats what I have been doing :) that's what I was thinking too.. She was used as a brood mare from the time she was 3 to 8, then a lady bought her, kept her for 4 years, then one more lady bought her, kept her for a year, then the lady I bought her from bought her and got about 100-200 lbs on her and kept her for about 4-5 months, then I bought her. She said it might have been possible that the other lady who had her might have had a stallion. But she is not sure and she can't ask the other lady because she died.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:50 PM
  #10
Green Broke
If I had to guess, I would say yes, and she is really thin (maybe due to being pregnant). Can you suck it up and call a vet that maybe you do not like just for the sake of your mare???
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