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    05-10-2011, 12:05 AM
Does My horse have Grass belly?Is it bad?

I have a 6 year old APHA/AQHA mare that i've had for three years. This year, after the snow went away, I noticed her belly looks like she's pregnant. The only none gelded horse I have in there with her is to young, small, and he hasn't dropped yet. I've recently started riding her again to get rid of it. But she started limping. I think it may be the cause of her limping because I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary and I've looked her up and down. There is nothing wrong with her leg. Last year she had two abcessies but I know she doesn't have any now. I'm going to put a picture up. Can anyone tell me if she has grass belly and if so how to get rid of it? Does it help if I tack her up with my Dressage leather girth? I've consulted a guy of WelcomeGet's Equine-Service Team.They told me to let her see a vet first.

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    05-10-2011, 07:16 AM
The pic is really small so it is hard to see. But It looks like she needs to be wormed. What do you mean by the leather girth working? Working for what exactly?
    05-10-2011, 08:01 AM
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Need a bigger picture. Thanks
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    05-10-2011, 08:46 AM
How old is the colt she's with? If he's older than just born this year he could have bred her.
    05-10-2011, 01:26 PM
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I would first get her to a Vet. Get her de-wormed and have her pregnancy checked. Most of the horses I know that have been with ANY stallion (dropped or not) that had a big belly were Pg. I have had owners bring me several fillies over the years that had 'hay bellies' and had a foal a few weeks or months later.

One TB filly placed in race training with me had been bred through a pipe stud pen fence. Yup! A highly bred Registered TB filly dropped an Appaloosa foal sired by an App stud they were waiting on to drop. He had NO testicles showing. They had surgery done on him after I called them and told them their prize filly was Pg and it was too late to give her a shot.

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