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post #1 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is she pregnant?!?! pic heavy

So I bought this horse last June and she is my absolute darling. Now the friend that I went with to look at her recalls the previous owner saying she was in with a stud. I don't remember that, I thought she said the big paint was a gelding.
Anywho, at this moment in time I am borderline freaking out. Here are my freak out reasons:
1. My dear horse and I were supposed to start long-distance riding this summer and that is not going to happen with a baby bouncing along
2. I can't afford a baby! I'm a full time college student who works a lot so I can pay for my wonderful girl already, adding a baby to the equation is not in my budget- especially if baby comes out having awful confo which will make said baby almost impossible to sell which is my only option

In the past week her tummy has dropped down and back, and her bag is starting to fill. I am confused because she also gets hay belly, so I ride her frequently (3-4times/week) to make sure everything is moving around ok in her insides. Now what confuses me is that after I ride her tummy is always a bit smaller, but it's still low and back far, and also after I ride her bag has shrunk. Is this normal? Am I freaking out over nothing?

I have never had a mare in foal before. I have brought babies up from weanling to 4 year olds, but never a pregnant mama. She has been more nuzzly then usual in the past month-ish, but I thought that that was just because I was spending more time with her. I really have no idea what I am doing when it comes to pregnant mares and just need some reassurance or some more opinions.

So here are some photos of her so you can help me judge. There are a lot of experienced breeders where I board, so after they look at her depending on the verdict I am going to call a vet to see how far along she may be. Thank you

These were all taken today at about 10:30 a.m.
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post #2 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 12:07 PM
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Get a vet.

No one on a forum can tell you if you mare is pregnant unless she is in the process of foaling and the feet are on the way out.
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i vote yes. Have the vet out he can palpate for usually about 30.00 charge plus farm call and tell you if she is and how far along she is. My guess is she is about a month to two away based on bag but thatis not accurate. dependson the mare
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No need to be harsh, I just wanted some help. Excuse me for seeking advice from people that I thought had more experience then I. I have been searching for a vet that I want to look at her, but since I know NOTHING about pregnant mares I didn't know if I was just seeing things or if she was just fat or actually pregnant. Thank you for your outright opinion, I wanted help, not sarcasm.
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You asked a question and I gave you the only possible answer people on a forum can give you... Which is get a vet. If you have looked at the other threads that ask the exact same thing you would have seen they get the exact same answer. The answer doesn't change and is always the same. Get a vet.
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ND is right, there is no way to tell whether a horse is pregnant from a picture. We can throw out all the conjecture we want to, but when it comes right down to it, a vet is the only one who can say for certain. She needs to be seen by one anyway just to make sure that she's healthy and see if there are any vaccinations she needs before foaling and if she is getting the nutrients she needs for a healthy foal.

Just from the shape of her belly, I would guess maybe so, but there are other things that can cause a preggo looking belly without the actual worms.
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Sorry OP, but the only answer we can give you is 'maybe', and that's not at all helpful. The only way to be really sure is to have a vet out.

If she really is pregnant, there's not a whole lot you can do at this point except start feeding her correctly for her pregnancy, and put together a foaling kit.

I'll hope for your sake that she's just fat, since you stated you can't afford to raise a foal.
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Just get the vet out - then you'll have a reliable, factual answer one way or the other. I have am are who looked pregnant in the opinion of everyone who saw her (including the vet as I took her off the trailer at the clinic for palpation) and she surprised us all by coming up open. Appearances can be deceptive, horses that appear pregnant come up open and mares that show no signs of pregnancy present foals in their paddock one morning.
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