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post #1 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Question Are these three mares pregnant?

Howdy. I am new to the forum. I've been around horses on and off throughout my life. Last year we adopted a geriatric mare and her pasture mate. To make a short story long, this summer we had to have the old lady humanely put down as she had an impaction colic and the vet said 30 was too old to operate. Her pasture mate was incredibly lonely and a friend said she had a free horse off her ranch for us. Well, we ended up bringing THREE horses home! Then Dottie, the pasture mate, became OBSESSED with the ponies (if she were human, she'd have had a restraining order against her) and so we found her an incredible home so we are just down to the three: a POA, a tobiano Welsh cross, and a paint breeding stock mare. The woman who gave them to us told me that the neighboring ranch had a paint stud who'd gotten out onto their ranch. She "thought" they'd finally gotten the owner to remove him by about January or February. Well, we've gotten everyone vaccinated with a 3-way plus tetanus (vet said its too late for pneumabort) and on good quality hay and minerals in addition to the 8.5 acres of pasture. I'm including a video I shot a couple weeks ago. I have NOT taken them for an ultrasound or palpation because there is an horrific outbreak of pigeon fever in the county, and I don't want to chance that the clinic might have had a horse with it come through. I've heard it can cause abortion? Plus, corynebacterium can cause caseous lymphadentitis in goats and I raise boers. I do NOT want CL or the exudate in/on my property.
...soooooo, I would rather wait to get the girls tested. Please check out the video and tell me what you think:
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 12:40 AM
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first of all. have you noticed a signigicant weight increase, on the same level of feed? you should try to do an athome horsey pregancy kit if you can. not sure about yours, but my vet can do an onsite pregancy check, not sure what he uses, never had one, but he dosent bring an ultrasound machine the first time. you need to know. some wormers are not safe for pregnant mares, as are some other products. talk to the prior owners... they should be able to tell you if there is a big different in there weight/ belly look.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 12:51 AM
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I would say Starling and JoJo definitely look rounder than Belle but I don't know anything specific to be looking for and don't have that much experience with pregnant mares. JoJo is a very pretty girl though, I must say lol! Starling looks the most round though by my eyes.

Not a very technical respone though, i'm sure others will have a better idea. :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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I tried to get the vet to COME out, but they won't as they want to put the mares in stocks they said, for a safer exam. Both Jojo and Belle have foaled before, but the tobiano pony, Starling, has not (at least to my knowledge). I am treating all three as if they are pregnant for right now so all decisions regarding worming, etc. are filtering through that supposition. I am going to lease out Belle for the winter (the woman is picking her up at Thanksgiving), with the condition that if/when she foals, the leasee gets to keep the foal. The horses are on 8.5 acres, but we are in the temperate redwood rainforest, and pastures here have a LOT of clay and get wet, and stay wet in the winter. Keeping things at 2 horses should prevent the mud from getting bad. Thanks for the advice. If the whole pigeon fever thing dies down, or the vet can convince me the clinic is CLEAN, I'll take them in.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 12:56 PM
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Well to my untrained eye...Ive dealt with a few progo mares but im no proffesional....all three look like they def could be prego...particularly the first two shown in the video...

But like i no pro...Goodluck if you do have babys on the way!

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 10:26 PM
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Jojo and Starling are most definitely bred. I have dealt with pregnant mare for the last 5 years and they look it. Belle on the other hand does not look like she is bred but you said the stud stayed with them until Jan/Feb. You need to find out when he got in there first. Jojo and Starling look to be about 8 months along. I am basing this on their size. I have a mare that is going to foal on Feb. 15, 2010. That is PT due date and they look to be about her size. You need to use Ivermectin as the wormer. It is very safe for pregnant mares and unborn foals.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 10:58 PM
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any brood mare that had had alot of babies, and is really stretched out can look pregnant but not be, and likewise any horse can also be far along and not look like it. kind of like some ladies may look pregnant or not, if they are is a different story. do they have any milk production? you could try to feel bellies for any type of movement, maybe try to stimulate the mares with a short jog or something.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-01-2009, 11:21 PM
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im gonna agree i think jojo and starling look like they could definantly be bred. Myabe not belle, she looks to be "fat" but ya never know. Gorgeous girls you have!

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 01:36 AM
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I can't see them here at work (blocked!) but you can't be sure just by looking if they are or not. I had a mare even my vet though for SURE was pregnant... but not! But, until you can find out, good to treat them as if they are.
Try doing a Wee Foal test on them.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-04-2009, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Holy buckets! I talked tonight to my friend who gave me the three mares . "When did that stallion finally get moved back off your place?" I asked. "Weeeeelll, I remember him coming to move him in February", she replied in a hesitant voice. I could hear the "but" coming. "Buuut...?", I queried. "But we found the stud BACK on our place this past June and July", she finally said. EEEEEEEEEEEK! That means that Belle, the big mare MIGHT be bred, but just due a lot later! Ok, decision made. We are going to get us all ultrasounded, palpated, etc. I need to know WHEN, WHEN, WHEN!
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