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    10-29-2012, 06:22 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by BB2    
I got her in July. Before that, she wasn't with any geldings but he came from a pasture in April that I don't know anything about. Her previous owners only had her from April-July.


Someone came over today and asked when she was due and seemed convinced she was pregnant:/ what do y'all think?
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- what does whether or not she was pastured with geldings have to do with whether or not she might be bred?
     
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    10-29-2012, 06:22 PM
  #12
Foal
It is almost impossible to just look at her and know if she is pregnant, unless of course she is ready to pop.

I very much so agree that you could have a much larger vet emergency if she is in fact pregnant and has complication during delivery, you could possibly lose both mare and foal.

Horses cost money, constantly, when you have a horse you have to assume that responsibility and give them the adequate care to ensure nothing bigger happens.

A simple ultrasound or a palpation is all that is needed from a vet and typically isn't an outrageous expense. It's better to be safe then sorry. Another thing is if she is pregnant she is going to need a bit more in her care, different worming schedule, shots, even different feed to ensure the foal and mare are healthy and safe.

Good luck to you and the mare.
     
    10-29-2012, 06:24 PM
  #13
Green Broke
A simple preg check can be fairly inexpensive - we hauled Yahzi to the vet for exactly that a few months after bringing her home. It cost $60 - money well spent for the peace of mind of knowing.
     
    10-29-2012, 06:27 PM
  #14
Trained
I was wondering what geldings have to do with your mare possibly being pregnant? Geldings can't make a mare pregnant, only a stallion is capable of doing that. Even if you have a sneaking suspicion she MIGHT be in foal, have the vet preg test her, safest thing for your horse.
     
    10-29-2012, 06:34 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I understand you don't want to have the expense of a vet visit, OP, really I do - but there is no other way to confirm/rule out a pregnancy in your mare. Horses can look pregnant very easily w/out being so - we have a member here who had a thread with their very pregnant looking horse, except it was a gelding. There are also mares who can drop a foal w/out ever having any outward appearance of pregnancy.
     
    10-29-2012, 07:29 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
I was wondering what geldings have to do with your mare possibly being pregnant? Geldings can't make a mare pregnant, only a stallion is capable of doing that. Even if you have a sneaking suspicion she MIGHT be in foal, have the vet preg test her, safest thing for your horse.
I meant that her previous owners only had geldings and they said she wasn't pregnant BUT the owner before that, I have no idea if he had stallions or not. If that makes sense. She was with owner 1 from birth until April, owner 2 from April to July and then me.


And my whole point in this is that I wanted y'all to see if YOU would get your horse checked if she looked like this. Would you take one of your horses to the vet if one random person told you she looked pregnant? Probably not.

Hauling to a good vet here is no easy task and is 45 minutes away at the very least.
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    10-29-2012, 07:33 PM
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Yes if I had any doubt in my mind that it was possible I would absolutely pay that little extra to be positive rather then come out one morning to a surprise foal or a dead mother orphaned foal or dead mom and dead foal, or a dead foal a grief stricken mare, absolutely.
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    10-29-2012, 07:52 PM
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A pretty good rule of thumb when getting a new horse that has an iffy known history is to get a vet to check them over just to make sure everything is good with them.
     
    10-29-2012, 08:29 PM
  #19
BB2
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I had her vet checked but not for pregnancy.

Ill probably take her, just in case, even though I don't think she is. I think she is just chubby:)
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    10-29-2012, 08:34 PM
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Trained
Maybe get ahold of owner #1 & see if they had a stallion nearby. You know she didn't get pregnant by the geldings, so that rules them out. If owner #1 sounds reasonable, and assures you, no, I wouldn't bother.
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