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        10-18-2009, 12:56 PM
    pregnant or not...that is the question!

    hi everyone!
    im so glad I found a forum about horses!
    i have a question about 1 of the horses I bought in july of this yr. When I bought her the previous owner said she had been bred and the baby would b due in april of 010...which was great we wanted a baby anyhow.
    2 weeks ago friday I called the vet out to chk on a different horse that started limping and when I told him that beauty was pregnant and due in april he said he would almost bet that she hadnt taken...not what I wanted to hear!
    anyhow I was out there today brushing her and rubbing her belly when I noticed her nipples looked a bit yes I squeezed and was totally surprised when milk came out! I called my vet and told him about it and he said it was hormonal and not to squeeze them anymore because this would stimulate her to produce milk all the time and we didnt want that!
    could it b her hormones or could she really b pregnant???
    i was just wondering if anyone has gone through this before?

    mollys girl
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        10-18-2009, 12:58 PM
    It could be either...hard to say with out actually seeing the horse though !

    Sometimes they do produce milk with out being pregnant though, it happened to my friends horse just recently
        10-18-2009, 02:22 PM
    Green Broke
    You could use a weefoal test - it's a urine based test for horses that detects pregnancy. With her supposed due date being April, you will want to use the 120-300 day range test. You can order them online for less than $40 which is less than a farm call for palpation and/or U/S
        10-18-2009, 02:36 PM
    I had a mare once with a full blown false pregnancy--weight gain, big belly, full udder, duck tail--the works. She would be in her stall at night up and down and pushing. Just weird. I'm no help I know!
        10-19-2009, 03:16 AM
    Did he U/S or palp her? If not, there's no way to know if she took or not!
        10-19-2009, 11:54 AM
    I would have her checked, just to be sure. Did you buy her with the understanding that she really was pregnant? If so, you might want to consider asking for a partial refund if she's not pregnant...
        10-19-2009, 12:28 PM
    My mare produces milk and as far as I know she was never bred (ive had her 5 years.)
        10-24-2009, 11:35 AM
    Why didn't the vet check her for pregnancy when she was there? I find that kind of strange. I agree that you should have her properly diagnosed as pregnant. You don't want to be caught unaware if she foals or aborts and you don't want to spend all kinds of time prepping and watching for a baby that never appears!!
        10-30-2009, 02:54 PM
    Yes when I bought her the previous owner (a friend) said he had had her bred and she would foul in april but he didnt add any more to the price of what I paid for her. He also said that if it turned out she didnt take I could take her back to the breeder and do it again for free. When I had the vet come out, it was for one of my other horses that had a hurt foot so he didnt even look at any of them but her. As we were walking back to the house beauty was walking up from the back feild and I told him she was due in april that's when he just looked at her and said if he were me he wouldnt count on her having a baby that he would almost bet she didnt take just by looking at her.
        10-30-2009, 03:01 PM
    Green Broke
    I would have the vet out again to get her checked.. because to me it sounds like she may be pregnant. Could you get pictures?

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