The mare didn't get very big in her first pregnancy, and we all know that size isn't generally a good external sign anyway, but before bringing in any veterinary tests or ultrasound, we were wondering if the foal's heartbeat could be heard upon use of a stethoscope.
I'm a first year veterinary student and as such, although I've not done reproduction in detail, I have my own stethoscope, so I thought I would at least have a go if it was possible, before bringing in the vet.
If it is possible to hear the sound of the foal's heartbeat, is it easily distinguishable from the mare's, and what would be the best placement of the stethoscope to be able to hear it? Would the intestinal movements be a problem when attempting to hear a heartbeat?
Thanks, I'm new to the forum, and I apologise if this question has been asked before, but I did search 'stethoscope' and apparently there were no posts.
If I've done something wrong in searching as I did, any pointers would be very helpful, as they would if anyone has any suggestions at all.