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post #1 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Pregnant Mare?

Hi there,
I have a riding pony mare, who I bought along with two other broodmares a couple of years ago. All three mares were put into foal, and scanned at 16 days, then 45 and all successfully in foal. However 'Tranqs' never ended up foaling, so somehow along the pregnancy she must have lost her foal. However in September 2010, she was bred again, vet came out to scan her no foal.. Then 28th december 2010 she was bred again and my vet was on holidays so I didn't have a chance to get her scanned. So its now the 8th of December 2011, and she has a few signs of pregnancy, but I'm not entirely sure. She has begun to develop an udder, not in the teats, but just in front of them. Her udder has never been this size before. Also, what made me begin watching her is how much her belly has increased in size lately.. also she is extremely soft around her rump area, and in the past day or so, her vulva has become very elongated and a reddish colour inside. She has become extremely lazy also, trotting is a struggle for her and she is usually galloping around the paddock. I have just tried to milk her this morning and her milk came out very easily and it was whitish with little yellow blobs in it? not sure if that is normal? Also, in the past two days her belly has almost dropped. Anyway, let me know what you all think
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 11:37 PM
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So you're saying between December of 2010 and now this mare was never seen by a vet? Never vaccinated as though pregnant? No prenatal care at all?

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 11:51 PM
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 11:53 PM
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I'm with Poco. Your mare could have a foal TONIGHT if she was bred in Dec 2010. And what I am getting from your post is that you don't even know if she's actually pregnant or not? Oh, dear. I hope I am misunderstanding. Are you prepared for a foal RIGHT NOW? Because it is entirely possible that you might have one come morning.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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I'm with Poco. Your mare could have a foal TONIGHT if she was bred in Dec 2010. And what I am getting from your post is that you don't even know if she's actually pregnant or not? Oh, dear. I hope I am misunderstanding. Are you prepared for a foal RIGHT NOW? Because it is entirely possible that you might have one come morning.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys. So sorry to freak you out - I left out a sentence ! After the breeding on the 28 th of December 2010 the vet was on holidays so I couldn't get her scanned by my local vet so we floated her up to another vet and we were told she is successfully in foal and to this day she is up to date with all her vacs. Etc. my phone must have deleted the sentence sorry. But my question is how far from foaling do you think she is ? It has been raining all week but it's now perfect weather and today she had brown discharge from her vulva. Is that normal?
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 09:51 AM
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I'd be on foal watch if I was you. Sounds like she is really close!:)

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 06:23 PM
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My only suggestion is to get a vet.. Please. Nobody can tell you on the internet if she is pregnant or how far along she is.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-12-2011, 03:47 PM
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She doesn't look all that close to me. Her belly isn't dropped (although some mares never do quite drop), and her udder is nowhere near ready (although some mares don't bag up until delivery), and her rear end doesn't look all that soft/sunken (although that never happens with some mares).

I'm not sure a vet would be able to tell you much more, either - when we were going through this the vet just said "all you can do is wait and see!". Unless they palpate and find the foal's head right there and ready to go.

I will say though that if she was bred in December she could go any day now, or she could wait another few months. Make sure that you have frozen colostrum on hand, just in case she doesn't bag up before foaling.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-14-2011, 07:10 PM
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Ask your vet to come and look at her. But in my opinion she does look like she could be really close to giving birth . Her belly looks like it may have dropped. But just to be sure you should call in your vet and check her out.
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