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post #1 of 12 Old 07-13-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Mare with 'sprung' ribcage?

I went On a trail ride the other day with a friend and the subject of my mares belly came up. I got her knowIng nothing about her but my friend mentioned that it looks like she has a 'sprung' ribcage. She is a tad overweight but her belly has always had this saggy look since I've had her and she's on a regular worming schedule. She said the sprung rib cage could be the result of having a foal but can you really tell weather or not she's had a foal just by looking at her?


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post #2 of 12 Old 07-13-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if you can tell if a mare has had a foal just by looking at her, but my mare was a broodmare before I got her and you can definitely tell with her. She has the saggy belly that never totally tucks up nicely and she has saggy boobs. They are huge. So I DO think if they've had several foals you can probably tell.

Does your girl have an prominent udder?

Here is mine. She's 18 yrs old and has had 10 foals (not my doing).
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Her udders look normal to me, I mean she absolutely hates them being touched but that's beside the point.
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What breed is she? After one foal it's unlikely the rib cage will spring, that's typically after a few foals. If she is petite framed her belly will always look larger, nothing you can do about that.

Trail horse- my mare Lizzy looks just like your girl. Ha sometimes I think she looks pregnant from the side.
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She's around 14 hands and somewhat stocky. She's always had this pot belly look to her
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My 9yr old Quarter horse mare has this ! She was used as a broodmare before I got her . And her udder is rather large and *gasp* saggy ! My 20 yr old QH mare has a belly on her too ,but hasn't had any foals from what I can tell . Her udder is rather "perky" and small . But she is very unfit from lack of work and slightly over weight . I'm working on it though .

Trail Horse - I love your mare ! She's so pretty ! Let me geuss Fox Trotter or another gaited breed ?

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Trailhorse, her udder makes her look like a gelding lol she's cute though.
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Trail Horse - I love your mare ! She's so pretty ! Let me geuss Fox Trotter or another gaited breed ?
Great guess! She's a Foxtrotter. I don't know how you guessed that because all of the handfull of Foxtrotters I have ever met have had totally different shapes, sizes and conformation. They are the most random looking breed I have ever seen!
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I'm a member of another gaited horse forum ,so I'm getting pretty good at geuss the breeds .She is so beautiful!

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