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post #1 of 5 Old 02-05-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Possible pregnancy help?

I have a 5 1/2 year old cob mare who I think may be pregnant. A rectal was done last week which came up negative however the vet said it wasn't always reliable so also took bloods. We should get those back on tuesday. In the meantime I'm going mental not knowing!!!
If she is then she was got last spring, I only recently found out there was a stallion next door at the yard she was on (we've since moved). She is fat however has been loosing weight nicely as she's been on a pretty strict diet. As she's lost weight she's being growing in her belly and she also started developing her udders. She is a maiden and there are no pregnant or lactating mares anywhere near us. I keep an eye on her weight by measuring her girth and length and since her belly appeared to be growing I've also measured her belly. She's dropped around 20kg in the last couple of weeks (around 5cms of her girth measurment). Her belly has incresed by about 7cms in the last 4 days!

This is her aged 4
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...IMG_0497-1.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...s/IMG_0495.jpg

This is her today and what her udders look like - most of the filling is just infront of the actual teats and udders but the top of those are also filling out and she's also producing a small amount of a clearish yellow fluid if milked (I'm not doing this lots, just once or twice)
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00245.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00246.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00249.jpg
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-09-2011, 03:01 PM
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I have a 5 1/2 year old cob mare who I think may be pregnant. A rectal was done last week which came up negative however the vet said it wasn't always reliable so also took bloods. We should get those back on tuesday. In the meantime I'm going mental not knowing!!!
If she is then she was got last spring, I only recently found out there was a stallion next door at the yard she was on (we've since moved). She is fat however has been loosing weight nicely as she's been on a pretty strict diet. As she's lost weight she's being growing in her belly and she also started developing her udders. She is a maiden and there are no pregnant or lactating mares anywhere near us. I keep an eye on her weight by measuring her girth and length and since her belly appeared to be growing I've also measured her belly. She's dropped around 20kg in the last couple of weeks (around 5cms of her girth measurment). Her belly has incresed by about 7cms in the last 4 days!

This is her aged 4
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...IMG_0497-1.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...s/IMG_0495.jpg

This is her today and what her udders look like - most of the filling is just infront of the actual teats and udders but the top of those are also filling out and she's also producing a small amount of a clearish yellow fluid if milked (I'm not doing this lots, just once or twice)
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00245.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00246.jpg
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/g...1/DSC00249.jpg
its hard to say from those photos. but the pic of her bags looks hopeful... they do look like they are trying to fill! let us know what the blood work says

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Why are you cutting her feed if she's pregnant? She should have her feed Increased so that the foal gets nurishment. My mare is now at 7 months and I've just doubled her feed in the last 2 weeks. This is when the foal starts to grow and the mare needs the extra feed to grow a strong healthy foal.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-13-2011, 08:18 AM
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Why are you cutting her feed if she's pregnant? She should have her feed Increased so that the foal gets nurishment. My mare is now at 7 months and I've just doubled her feed in the last 2 weeks. This is when the foal starts to grow and the mare needs the extra feed to grow a strong healthy foal.
OP doesn't know if the mare is pregnant, and the feed cuts were before there was any thought of her mare being serviced.

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I have a mare I bought in Oct which is also pregnant unknown to me, bred in may I think. My friend who owned her said I was to cut her food back a lot until she has the baby, my vet said to keep it the same and my mare is doing good so far. My friend was over yesterday and still wants me to cut it (she's bred her 2 times before) more but I'm following my vets advise. As long as she is not showing any fat and her heartgirth stays about the same, I was told she's good, you don't want the baby to get too big too fast, hope this helps.

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