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post #1 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Surprise pregnancy?


I loaned a horse (15.3hh TBxID, 16yo mare) from my friend, who is currently living abroad, back in October. She was on a farm which bred miniature shetlands, british spotted ponies and a few small appaloosas. She has never been in foal before and was used as a pleasure riding horse kept only with mares and foals. She had not been ridden for a couple of years and so had a lack of muscle tone. We have managed to get her condition back over the winter.

Anyway, a couple of days ago my mum noticed that her belly was moving, and she can feel it when she puts her hand on. Looking back the mare has had a slight temperament change and did not come into season this spring.

On speaking to my friend there was an instance where one of the small spotted stallions escaped and caught a few of the smaller brood mares. He is about 30inches in height.

She is having a scan / pregnancy test next week, as we got her in October she must be at least 7 months gone.

Is it possible that she could be pregnant? And if so, what do you think the likelihood of it being the small stallion was?

Lastly, if it WAS the small stallion that caught her, what on earth would the resulting foal be like???

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NB - the stud is not actively breeding at the moment, the stallion that escaped was the only one who had any contact with the mares that we know of. Also, I am studying at university so have not ridden this horse since april, she has been exercised by being led off our other TBxID mare who my mum rides, and is turned out in the paddocks during the daytime. She has had a well balanced diet with vitamin and mineral supplements in order to regain her condition.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Oh in case you ask, she has dropped her belly slightly but otherwise looks no different, as I said she wasn't in top condition when we got her. She has been wormed twice and had her booster vaccinations a few months ago.
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There have been posts on this forum about such breedings occuring. It would take a determined stallion and a very willing mare.
I guess one might think of the resulting foal as being "interesting."
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 01:22 PM
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very possible that she is in foal. the foal could come out fantastic or a 'franken foal', time will tell.
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Comparison photos

One is of her back in april, the other two photos (not as sunny) were taken today.

What do you people think?

Oh, I spoke to my friend and the other mares that the small stallion caught on the day he escaped foaled over a month ago.
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Where was the movement? If movement is seen on the sides rear of the ribs, it could very well be intestine/gut movement. Those internal movements can throw anyone off and can look just like a foal moving around. If the movement was on the bottom of her belly, in front of the udder, that would be very suspect for a foal baking in the oven.

As far as the other mares foaling last month, miniature horses tend to have shorter gestation periods. Normal for horses is longer, best to get her scanned by the vet and find out if preparations are needed for a new addition
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yup she does not look pregnant to me - and if she was - at this stage any movement would more than likely be too small to detect - as Sunnydraco says - more likely to be gut movement
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