Uh oh... I think she is prego

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    06-13-2009, 07:35 PM
Uh oh... I think she is prego

I have a stud horse that I have been keeping with a mare for two years for her to get pregnant and they think they are brother and sister. Another one of my mares who is hudini when it comes to gates managed to get out of her pasture last year and we found her with the stud horse. I really didn't think they did anything because trooper (stud) doesn't really seem that interested in breeding. But my husband did mark it on the calendar. Last month when the farrier was out he mentioned that Lakoda (Hudini) looked pregnant, I just commented that she was always really wide. Then yesterday at feeding time I was looking at her and she is HUGE! We have never had a foal before so we aren't really sure what to look for. I look at her nipples, then another mares and hers look like utters, where the other mares are sunk in. The date from last year that they were found together was Aug. 18th.

So now what? She had her spring shots just like all the other horses...is that a problem? When should I put her in the stall? Any tips would be appreciated!
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    06-13-2009, 07:39 PM
Perhaps adequate fencing for a stud would be a good place to start. Secondly, I would suggest you call your vet for a preg check to see if she is expecting.
    06-13-2009, 07:47 PM
I would start putting her in a stall & keeping a close eye on her..a VERY close eye. If she is that large and she is starting to bag up it could be days weeks or even a month before she foals if she is in fact pregnant. You should be able to see/feel the baby move if she is, you can't mistake the feeling when it happens. I would notify the vet let him know what is going on with her & that it was unexpected and if he has an emergency contact # in the event there are complications.
I'd go with some form of clip for the gates to make them more secure since she knows how to get out of them, we had a welsh cross gelding that could open almost any gate and I got called more than once about him roaming the neighborhood I thought someone was letting him out till I caught him opening the gate myself!
Anyhow good luck I hope all goes well
    06-13-2009, 07:52 PM
Regarding the stall - please make sure to put her in a very large stall where she can stretch out and have room to deliver baby safely.
    06-13-2009, 07:55 PM
We have made many changes in our fencing and she hasn't gotten out in quite awhile, of course she hasn't been in heat obviously either! Thanks to the person who posted this thread Waiting for this mare to foal! Lakota's bags are not nearly that full, but she is definitely wider.

Oh and we have one stall that has its own pasture and is 1/3 of the size of our barn, that will be the one for momma and baby. I think I will go take some pictures of her and let you guys give some opinions.

We have the vets cell phone but I don't want to call him on the week-end, I will call him on monday.
    06-13-2009, 08:22 PM
took some pics

Ignore the dates, I can't figure out how to program the camera. She wasn't very cooperative with taking the pictures between eating and swishing of her tail. And after looking at them and comparing, maybe she isn't pregnant. Thoughts?
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    06-13-2009, 08:29 PM
She looks pregnant.
She also looks very underweight, especially for carrying a baby.
You should not be able to stand back and see a horse's ribs. She looks thin through the flank as well. Please up her feed - perhaps work her up to being on 24/7 hay. Good quality hay, I mean.
With the weight she's at now, if she's been like this through the pregnancy, I would expect the foal to be small. I would also guess that she will not come through foaling looking good either.
Please speak to your vet ASAP about the proper care for a mare in foal - including nutrition, deworming, vaccinations etcetera.
    06-13-2009, 08:35 PM
I agree with JDI. She looks quite pregnant and quite underweight. Call your vet.
    06-13-2009, 08:37 PM
Sorry, another note - please do not let baby out in that loose barbed wire fence. It's barely safe for grown horses when it's taught, for babies it's asking for trouble.
    06-13-2009, 08:38 PM
Admittably all of our horses look thin right now. Hay was nearly impossible to get until this past week, so they had old hay. If I would have known she was pregnant, I probably would have given her more alfalfa. Right now she is getting one scoop of feed a day (12% with oats, sweet feed and corn mixture) we have a round bale in the pasture and we put out alfalfa squares each morning (one section per horse). Don't you think that is enough? And they are wormed regularly.

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