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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I wanna get your opinions.... I have a miniature horse named Missy, she is 19yrs old, but in good happy health, and I'm wondering if she is pregnant. She has been with a 3 yr old stallion for 2 years now and last summer I think he was just too young to know what to do, but this time on June 20th I believe we had a breakthrough because she didn't come back into heat after the breeding. I know it's risky having a mare that age, atleast i've heard it was, but she is in good health and I'm just so attached to her that I want one baby out of her to remember her by! If I thought she wasn't 100% okay in anyway I wouldn't let her get bred. But anyways... I included a pic and I'm wondering if you can tell or not. She's got a pretty wooly coat at the moment hahaha she is also got burrs on her legs too from my stupid burr plants they found. She is bigger on one side than the other and it's rounded and her belly is lower on that side than the other side. She'd be almost 4months along now. She seems fatter than usual but then agian it's winter coming and she might be just getting fat I hope she is prego because this was my last try, if she isn't pregnant then I wont try for it agian next year, I know then it wont be right to her to even try, just isn't meant to be...


So what do you guys think?? Sorry the pic is weird, I had to darken it because it was too light and hard to see her belly
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 10:46 PM
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Rather than playing a guessing game, invest in a home test or have the vet out for a confirmation visit.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Where can I get a home test?
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 09:45 AM
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she's dead cute and rather hairy, lovely little mare
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 11:47 AM
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Let's just hope she's not pregnant.
The only way to know for sure is to have a vet out, or use the home tests though I have no experience with those.
If she is pregnant, make sure to keep active with your vet. She will need proper care to make sure she and her foal come out healthy in the end.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 12:08 PM
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Let's just hope she's not pregnant.
The only way to know for sure is to have a vet out, or use the home tests though I have no experience with those.
If she is pregnant, make sure to keep active with your vet. She will need proper care to make sure she and her foal come out healthy in the end.
that's slightly on the rude side. :/
Don't regular preg. Tests work on horses as well? She's a cute little thing. On her age my other halfs old broodmare had her last foal at 21. Just make sure you watch her and give her what they both need. :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 12:27 PM
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Thats slightly on the rude side. :/
Don't regular preg. Tests work on horses as well? She's a cute little thing. On her age my other halfs old broodmare had her last foal at 21. Just make sure you watch her and give her what they both need. :)
If by "regular test" you mean a human home pregnancy test, no, that will not work. They human tests test for HCG - HUMAN chorionic gonadotrophin,which is not going to be detected in an equine pregnancy. The Weefoal tests are designed to detect a similar but distinctly different steroid present in mares who are pregnant.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 12:43 PM
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Spastic dove was not rude this mare is 19 years old and the owner wants horse forum people to tell her if she's pregnant, go to a vet horses are no different from anything else that is pregnant we see doctors. She is a high risk pregnancy due to her age!!!
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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It's okay everyone, I know with her age it's risky and I plan on getting the vet out after I take the at home test on her, if It says she's prego then the vet would be out within the week. I am totally aware of the high risk with the age and knew what I was getting into when she was coming in heat and well prepared to have alot of vet bills on shots, which she utd on now, and on supplements and whatever comes my way. I am also making sure to be there at the birth and every step of the way.

I have a friend of mine who has bred minis for 20yrs, she's who I got the stallion from, and she is already told me she'll be there every step of the way as well and would give me the info I need to get Missy through it, she also has a mini who is 22 and just had a foal this year, it is however the last foal the mare will have.

I don't plan on breeding her agian, I just wanted one because she is so special to me, I am totally aware of the costs and the care both mare and foal will need. I was just wondering if anyone could tell by looking at her whether she was prego or not, just outta curiousity and I take no offense to anything said, it's okay spastic Dove, I just hope she is prego this one time and I know its risky and everyone is entitled to thier opinion.

I'll probably just get a vet out to look her over, I've taken Vet Tech classes for 2yrs now and able to know somethings but not everything, but I know what shots she will need at 5,7,10 months and will give them to her because she is getting close to the 5 month one.
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