How to tell if my shetland is pregnant?

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How to tell if my shetland is pregnant?

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    12-24-2010, 10:05 PM
Exclamation How to tell if my shetland is pregnant?

I have recently bought a child-friendly shetland whose previous owner thinks may be in foal. It has been in with a colt for 6 months so presumes it is with foal. How and when will I know?
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    12-24-2010, 10:12 PM
Get a vet out. That's the only way you are going to know for sure.
    12-25-2010, 06:11 PM
Moved from different section, so bumping it up for OP...
    12-26-2010, 11:53 AM
Green Broke
By calling your vet.
    12-26-2010, 02:32 PM
Blood test
    12-26-2010, 02:50 PM
I fairly uneducated in it (well, except calling a vet, of course). But... Can you do urine test?
    12-26-2010, 03:04 PM
Green Broke
They do sell Wee foal kits which are urine tests. I actually did one on my mare.
    12-26-2010, 03:53 PM
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There are lots of ways to see if a mare is pregnate by their body weight, their weight distribution, hips, and udders- but they arent really helpfull if you didnt know your mare before you bought her. You'd need to know where she generally holds her body fat and her average weight- as well as her behaviors. So really, everyone is right. You wont really know unless you call a vet out.
    12-27-2010, 09:36 AM
Another vote for you to call your vet.
    12-27-2010, 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
There are lots of ways to see if a mare is pregnate by their body weight, their weight distribution, hips, and udders- but they arent really helpfull if you didnt know your mare before you bought her
And even if you did know her well, as with women, there are indications of likelihood, but the only way to be certain is to do a pregnancy test. Call your (*good* equine)vet. I say find a good equine one, because there are other concerns if she is pregnant, that you may need to learn about, such as ensuring good(but not too much) diet & nutrition for the mare, keeping her exercised & fit(fit, healthy mares are less likely to produce foals that are born already lami-prone) and the multitude of other stuff you may need to learn/do to prepare for a foal.

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