somethings not quite right..

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeding

somethings not quite right..

This is a discussion on somethings not quite right.. within the Horse Breeding forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-11-2010, 09:42 PM
Green Broke
somethings not quite right..

So all has been well in Snowflakes Pregnancy and she is suposed to be due sometime soon!! But when we went to feed today. She hasn't really been eating her hay. Just kind of throwing it around and eating some here and there. She is eating her grain fine though. Also her milk veins (i believe it's her milk veins but i'll have to get pics!!) are considerably big. Like the size of my forearm big. And they don't quite reach to her udder. They are squishy to the touch. And when you push in with a finger it takes about 20 seconds for the indention from your finger to go away. A friend mentioned milk fever. But I haven't had a chance to look it up. Yet thought i'd post this here then go look. I called the vet right away. But he didn't answer (we go the answering machine = / ) I just went and checked on her and no signs of labor yet.. and her udders haven't filled out any at all. Her tail bone if very prominant all the muscle right there has sunk in. And right before her hips has sunk in and she is HUGE. Will it be comming soon??? And why hasn't she bagged up yet? And what could possibly be up with her milk veins?
Sponsored Links
    02-11-2010, 09:59 PM
Green Broke
Some mares are tricky and will only give you a couple signs. Some mares will act like they are in labor and be completely normal the next day. I'd say keep her on watch until you can get the vet out.
    02-11-2010, 10:12 PM
Green Broke
Do her milk veins sound normal?? That's whats worrying me the most it honestly looks like a blockage. As she has no leaking and her udders arn't even remotely bagging up. And the milk veins basically stop about 6-10 inches away from the udders. And they are huge. I thought they were only suposed to be thumb sized but dang they are big. I'll definitely get pictures tomorrow!
    02-11-2010, 10:16 PM
Green Broke
If you seriously mean like forearm size than that doesn't sound right to me at all. Thumb sized, like you said, yes, normal. And even being large with no bag development isn't really unusual. But THAT large would be worrying to me, I'd keep at the vet's number until I get an answer. :) Good luck and keep us posted!
    02-15-2010, 09:08 PM
Green Broke
Ok what you all have been waiting for!!! Ok not really you guys are probably waiting on the foal however her milk veins have shrunk thank god! And she is startign to bag up yay!!! So maybe soon! I got some pictures for you guys who are interested and I apologize I had just let her out to run around in the pasture while we were riding so she is dirty and I didn't think to brush BEFORE the pictures(i brushed her aftwards HA!) as I was so excited that she has finally started to bag up so yippee!

But first pictures from back in january so you can see the change!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 100_5292.jpg (73.4 KB, 683 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5293.jpg (56.6 KB, 673 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5294.jpg (62.7 KB, 683 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5296.jpg (81.9 KB, 667 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5301.jpg (43.8 KB, 662 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5302.jpg (59.2 KB, 670 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5308.jpg (60.1 KB, 637 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5312.jpg (57.8 KB, 632 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5314.jpg (59.0 KB, 610 views)
File Type: jpg 100_5310.jpg (50.2 KB, 612 views)
    02-15-2010, 09:21 PM
Green Broke
Ok and now for the dirty pictures from today! Okie dokie and sorry for her dirtiness I DID brush her afterwards was just overly excited about getting pics
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 100_6011.jpg (95.5 KB, 617 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6012.jpg (94.3 KB, 597 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6014.jpg (88.0 KB, 595 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6015.jpg (98.3 KB, 589 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6016.jpg (92.5 KB, 640 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6017.jpg (98.7 KB, 578 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6018.jpg (82.1 KB, 571 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6020.jpg (70.9 KB, 573 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6021.jpg (40.4 KB, 575 views)
File Type: jpg 100_6023.jpg (73.6 KB, 568 views)
    02-15-2010, 10:38 PM
Her udders arent even close. I doubt she's due very soon, maybe within a few more weeks.(haha watch her have it sooner to prove me wrong)
    02-15-2010, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Lol that'd be funny! Was hoping sometime in the next 2 weeks or so. However this willbe her 4th foal so I am sure she can do everything on her own. As the previous owners said they'd always walk out to the barn and there was a baby. And she has never had any complications or anything. And I called her previous owners to ask them questions about how early she usually bags up and everything but no one ever answered so oh well. Guess we are going out there at 1 am everynight to check on things lol
    02-15-2010, 11:17 PM
It looks to me like she has swelling, or edema, on the floor of her belly. Your description of a fingerprint lasting 20 seconds or so before filling in supports that idea. This is not uncommon in pregnant mares, especially if they are confined or not moving around much. If you can increase her excercise by turnout, handwalking, or even putting her food and her water on opposite ends of a corral so she has to walk back and forth more than she is, it might help. If it doesnt improve, or it gets worse, your vet should see her to rule out circulation problems.
Here is some more info on edema in pregnant mares--
    02-15-2010, 11:24 PM
Green Broke
Yeah she is confined to a 14x15 foaling stall. When we ride and such we let her out into the pasture. The only problem with us doing that as all of our grass is fescue and so is our hay. We left her out into the pasture the other day. And she found her way to where we keep the horses hay. So I had to put her back up again. I wont let her out with the other horses due to risk of her never being with them before and knowing they would kick. So i'll be slowly introducing her to them after she foals. So she gets exercise just not as frequently as I would like.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just somethings to ponder hiwaythreetwenty Eventing 19 11-24-2009 12:00 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0