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post #1 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Is our mare pregnant?


One of our mares (2 years old) spent last summer up in the mountains with a group of other horses, including a stallion, which we did not know. He was there from June to August.
Now, almost a year later, she has gotten very fat and her udder is very swollen and hard as a rock. she has also got yellow dots on her teats. Her belly is very fat, too, esp. on the sides, caudoventral, but you can feel and see her ribs...

Here are some pictures - what do you think - could she be pregnant? or could it just be worms or some other thing - even though she got medicine against worms? the vet came because of her udder (virus) almost 4 month ago but did not really touch the tummy/look very closely, even though she already was quite fat...

Her area around the tail is indeed soft and relaxed, but I could not really see or feel a difference to my other mare...

any guesses?
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post #2 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 12:02 PM
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Could be, could not be. The only way to know for sure is to have a vet out to examine her, and you'll want to know so you can adjust her feed and vaccine boosting schedules accordingly.
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post #3 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 12:15 PM
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Could be, could not be. The only way to know for sure is to have a vet out to examine her, and you'll want to know so you can adjust her feed and vaccine boosting schedules accordingly.
We should have a button in quick reply that would post exactly this :P

Reesaho, your filly is really cute. Is she two years old now, or was she two years old when she was (possibly) bred? If she's only two right now I would definitely have a vet examine her because there are probably increased risks involved with a horse that young having a foal. You might want to read up on how to handle foaling problems and be present for the foaling if possible so that you can up your chances of a safe delivery.

She does look pregnant to me, but I don't really know much about pregnant horses. I hope everything goes well if she is :)

I am here to learn! :)

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post #4 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 12:32 PM
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If she has "yellow" on her teats, she is probably very close to foaling. From the looks of the photos, she looks pregnant.
Is she just two now or three? Either way she is way to young to have a foal, she is a baby herself.
You need a vet involved, she is going to need some extra care for both her and foal, the foal during nursing will deplete her of the nutrition SHE needs to grow herself and your mare can become compromised to her growth.
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post #5 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 12:36 PM
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Honestly, I know nothing about breeding, but common sense and those pictures tell me it's time to get a vet to check this out. I'd say she's preggers.
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post #6 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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Is this mare close (on your property) so you can keep an eagle eye on her? IF she's pregnant, she could be quite close to foaling. I would get the vet's number also right next to the phone-as young as she is she may need help.
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post #7 of 68 Old 06-03-2012, 08:58 PM
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Subbing, hope you know soon! Im thinking she may be in foal, but a mare i used to ride was known for phantom pregnancys, where she would look pregnant, with a large tummy and produce milk..quite odd but it happens.. Good luck!
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The only way to tell is if you have a vet confirm the pregnancy.
As long as she has had her shots this year she will pass that immunity to her foal. The vet may want to give her a booster to ensure this.
That will take a little while to build up the immunity so she may be too far along to get any good from it.
As long as the foal gets her colustrum it should be OK if she has had her shots. good luck Shalom
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post #9 of 68 Old 06-04-2012, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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thank you to all of you so far. We called the vet, will be here later today. She's still the same, no sweating, no heat or anything, so I think it might still take a while.
Plus, she was with the other horses when she was 15 months until 18 months, and now she is 2 years and 4 months.
When I touch her tummy just a little before her udder, you can slightly, and just sometimes feel something hard - or is it just imagination?

She looks quite healthy, she is just very lazy. We didn't really expect anything because we thought she'd be too young to conceive, and we thought she would just be fat because she does not really get any exercise just yet, but it wasn't until yesterday that her udder literally exploded that we got worried that it might actually be true!

but anyways, yes she got all her shots, should be fine, but vet's coming soon. And yes, she lives right behind our house, so it should - hopefully - be fine..

and thank you, she's from a really good Haflinger breed
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post #10 of 68 Old 06-04-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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mare is pregnant!

vet came and she's pregnant! she was really nervous so he could not really tell what he touched, but he def touched something hard in her uterus.. so now he's asking his friend at the vetschool what she thinks we should do as she is very young and the father is a noriker horse stallion... my father wants an abortion for her, which I think is cruel at this age...but of course it depends on her now I'll just have to wait and see... keep you posted!

thanks for your opinions so far!
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