Can a 27yr old Arabian Mare be Pregnant?

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Can a 27yr old Arabian Mare be Pregnant?

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    06-20-2011, 11:57 AM
Can a 27yr old Arabian Mare be Pregnant?

We got an Arabian Mare about four months ago. She was severely underweight. She had spent the last thirteen years or so in the same field. About a month ago, we started to notice strange veins growing larger on her belly. We were told it is just where she is gaining muscle. (She still hasn't fully gained all of her weight back). About a week ago, my little sister discovered that she is producing colostrum. I started doing a whole bunch of research online and discovered that those are milk veins on her belly and that she is showing signs of a pregnancy? Her belly grows larger everyday and she is acting sluggish and slow. She looks really tired and she just stands alone in the barn. Could she be pregnant? At 27...???
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    06-20-2011, 12:15 PM
Yes, it's possible for a 27 y/o mare to be pregnant but pretty unlikely, especially if she was extremely underweight. Was there an intact male in that field with her?

What makes you or your sister believe that the mare is producing colostrum? Do either of you know what healthy colostrum looks like? The mare may simply have mastistis and is not actually producing colostrum. The appearance of 'milk veins' do not necessarily mean the mare is in foal.

At 27 y/o, thin, and in obviously bad health prior to coming to you, her chances of having a healthy foal are very bad if she is indeed in foal.

Instead of relying on the internet and a bunch of random strangers, you need to get a vet out ASAP to determine just what is going on with her.

Good luck, and tell us what the vet has to say when you find out.
    06-20-2011, 12:22 PM

I agree with speed racer you need to have a vet check her instead of the internet for info.Plus we can only do so much for helping over the internet somethings just need to be delt with hands on.Do let us know what happens though best of luck.
    06-20-2011, 12:37 PM
Lol, I've been around horses all my life, just not an expecting one. AND I know what colostrum looks like. I did look up on that bacterial infection that causes them to produce milk, but I don't think that's what it is. She is starting to get milk sacks too.
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    06-20-2011, 12:40 PM
Here's another one.
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    06-20-2011, 12:43 PM
She also hasn't gone into season and she has white stuff dripping from her vulva.
    06-20-2011, 12:46 PM
Well then, if you're so sure she's in foal why did you even bother to ask?

You need a vet out to see her as she's obviously still horribly underweight, and having a foal without medical intervention could very well kill her.

Those pictures don't prove she's in foal. If she'd been bred heavily when younger it's likely the first place she'll start showing weight is in her belly, as those muscles are sprung.

That 'white stuff' dripping from her vulva could be from a uterine infection. Healthy mares in foal do not have anything dripping from their vaginas, and not going into heat proves nothing. Many mares stop cycling once they hit their middle to late 20s.

Again, get a vet out. He/she will be able to determine for sure whether the mare is or isn't in foal.
    06-20-2011, 12:47 PM
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    06-20-2011, 12:48 PM
Well, I'm asking because I'm not entirely sure? Isn't this what this forum is for??
    06-20-2011, 12:50 PM
You stated very snottily that you KNEW what colostrum looked like, so I hardly think that qualifies as a question.

If you've had horses 'all your life', you should already know some of the things I'm telling you, especially about uterine infections and older mares who stop cycling.

Again, my best advice is to get a vet out. ASAP.

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