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post #21 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 03:47 PM
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So if you bought her in the beginning of June she would be at least 9 months along. If so you should be able to feel a foal. The only way I would guess (without a vet) is to stand next to her for a while and feel for foal movement. Pretty hard to miss. Have you ever felt a pregnant cat, dog, or woman? All feels the same, hard knocks to the belly, rolling lumps, and undulations when they move their limbs. I'd also listen for gut sounds if you feel something to make sure it's a foal and not gas/hay/feed rolling around in there. I'm sure you know all this.

I would guess yes... looking at her teats only. I have a heavy mare in my pasture and she could pass for 11 months pregger but she's never been close to a stud and her teats are flat and wrinkly. Not so much on yours...
I'd call the nearest vet, who cares if it's the one you will use for ever. Just go for the cheapest one to check her out. Good Luck!

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It's hard to find a vet here right now because its calving season so theyre all out on ranch calls :/ I have a vet, and he is awesome, but with only his PA being at the office most days, she can't really help me. She has a little experience with horses, but not like he does. Thank you all, this post is more or less because I am panicking. I have never had a pregnant mare, I don't know what I'm doing. This is devastating to me because she and I were supposed to compete in long distance rides this summer. I can't afford a baby right now. I don't know what to do.
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post #24 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 07:49 PM
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I know you can google as efficiently as I can, but...

The look of her teats makes me wonder, so I tried to learn a little bit just to educate myself, out of curiosity. Not everything on the internet is accurate, but I found this one pretty interesting - if it's accurate. There might be some things in this link you could keep an eye on to maybe give you an idea of whether or not there's a little-one in there?
Normal signs of behaviour prior to and including foaling in mares - Breeding and equine reproduction information and articles - Horsetalk
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post #25 of 25 Old 03-02-2012, 01:54 AM
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Is there a way to contact the former owner (email or phone) and ask her if the mare was exposed to a stud? Then you are less likely to worry about a foal if she never had the mare anywhere near an intact male. By looking at the pictures you posted, she could be pregnant, have a big hay belly, or a false pregnancy (which can include milk production). Good luck and let us know how it turns out
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