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  • Foal development in skinny mare
  • Ultrasound of a mare in foal

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    11-17-2010, 10:54 PM

Hey everyone,

I have been a bit suspicious of the belly River has been growing over the months but no udder development or movement pushed it to the back of my mind.

After showing a very experienced friend some new pics of the ponies she promptly asked is she was bred

Consequently, a vet appoitment has been made for tomorrow afternoon.
She getting an ultrasound and I was wondering what this consisted of and what I should be expecting.

Should I be concerned of any ill effects from her not being on mare&foal food for the first 9+ months of her pregnancy(assuming she is infact bred).

She was rescued from an auction in late Febuary so who what when/who/what she was exposed to, hoping this is a false alarm
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    11-17-2010, 11:22 PM
Not sure, its different with every horse. There was a horse a rescue around here recently rescued, an older Arabian mare who was pregnant, very skinny, was being run off her food by the other horses, and the day after they trailered her to the foster home, she gave birth to a very healthy baby boy. You have to keep in mind, that in the wild there isn't any "special" foal food, or pregnant mare food, the only thing that a pregnant mare really does different, is just eat more. I wouldn't be too concerned, I would just wait and see what the ultra sound shows, and then talk with your vet about options ect. If she's pregnant.
    11-18-2010, 12:30 AM
The ultrasound exam consists of inserting the probe into the rectum of the mare facing down and the foal will be able to be seen on the screen. Depending on how far along she is, how the foal is laying and how good the ultrasound machine is, you might be able to see legs, head, spine, heartbeat.
It is really neat to see it done and see a baby.
good luck
    11-18-2010, 12:34 AM
Thankyou both for the replies!

It sounds like it should be pretty straight forward, hopefully everything is fine.
    11-18-2010, 03:32 AM
I wouldn't be concerned if she happens to be in foal. We had a 4 yr old mare at our barn that we didn't know was pregnant until....she gave birth! Not even the vet noticed anything a few weeks before... The foal came out totally healthy and very pretty to boot.

I'm curious if she is... be sure to let us know!
    11-18-2010, 07:41 PM
I'll deffinatly be starting a thread about it if she is :O .. I'm already getting paranoid about complications.
    11-18-2010, 09:49 PM
I didn't give my mare "foal" feed until about a month before she foaled. Before that, I just gave her extra grain. She foaled fine, and baby was big and healthy!

You're mare should be fine without having the proper care. As mentioned before, Mustangs don't get any special treatment, and most of them foal fine.
    11-19-2010, 01:28 AM
Well just got back from the vets, she is not in foal :)
    11-19-2010, 01:16 PM
That's good. Thanks for keeping us updated.

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