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  • How to know when a horses is pregnant by looking at her stomach
  • I can see my horses stomach move is she pregnant

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    04-12-2012, 02:51 AM
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Foal
Is My Horse Pregnant?

Last November, I was extremely lucky to bring home a mare by the name of Angel. From the day we got her, she's seemed a little tubby to us. However, our previous horse was well into his senior years so we're used to a little more bony-ness. She's eight years old though, has a bigger appetite than my previous horse and she won't let anyone else touch her food so I'd expect her to be a little on the round side, healthy and all that.

Today, I was feeding Angel and I noticed that the skin on her stomach was moving. Normally, this isn't strange. Air moves around in her stomach so much, you can feel it bubbling, hear it rumbling, etc. But this time, it seemed different, more continuous like when you see baby feet kicking at a mother's belly. When I tried to touch her stomach, she moved away, thinking I wanted her to move and by the time I touched her stomach again, it was over.

I would be over the MOON if Angel is pregnant. I would never stop smiling for the rest of my life. My dad, however, would probably faint on the spot. He would NOT be happy. Angel's previous owners did say that they tried to breed her but she never took.

Are there any signs I can look for that would tell me if Angel is pregnant or not? Thank you in advance, for my dad's peace of mind :P
     
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    04-12-2012, 03:13 AM
  #2
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Online Equine Pregnancy Test - Is my horse pregnant?

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    04-12-2012, 04:17 AM
  #3
Green Broke
No idea. You know who might be able to tell you? Your vet.
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    04-12-2012, 05:32 AM
  #4
Showing
Honestly it's a lot like a person when they're pregnant. Some it's obvious, others hide it well. You will not know for sure (which is important to her and the possible foal's health) until you consult a vet.
     
    04-12-2012, 09:26 AM
  #5
Yearling
Your vet can tell you and you need to know. Just like a person, prenatal care is important for a horse if you want to have a healthy mama and baby. Your dad may not be happy with a vet bill, but he will be even LESS happy if you have an unexpected foal and complications. Knowing what to expect will give both of you time to plan for the event if she is pregnant. If she is pregnant, you will have a lot of things to learn quickly.
     
    04-12-2012, 09:33 AM
  #6
Foal
Definitely call your vet and ask them to come and check if Angel is pregnant. It is very important to know for sure, since you will need to adjust her feed and care accordingly. I'm sure your Dad is going to be concerned, but that is because pregnancy is a very complicated thing to deal with properly - and as a responsible owner, you will want to do everything that you can for Angel and her potential foal's wellbeing. I have attended animals giving birth several times and they need just as much care and support as a human mother.

Don't run away from the forum...we are mostly not carnivorous But sadly, the only person who can tell you for certain is your vet.

All the best with her either way, and please let us know.
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    04-12-2012, 09:50 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Arizahn    
Don't run away from the forum...we are mostly not carnivorous But sadly, the only person who can tell you for certain is your vet.

All the best with her either way, and please let us know.
Ditto from me! I'm sorry if I sounded abrupt. I can certainly understand being excited about the possibility of a foal and I didn't mean to rain on your parade. Your dad is concerned because he realizes that any baby means a lot of work and worry and unexpected expense. Grown ups tend to worry about stuff like that. You'll be the same way later on.
Right now.... Dream! And get the vet out!
     
    04-12-2012, 11:49 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Also-you might contact the previous owner & find out what they bred to-if she's in foal you will want to know about the sire. And dates-very important!
     
    04-12-2012, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ladyfern    
Last November, I was extremely lucky to bring home a mare by the name of Angel. From the day we got her, she's seemed a little tubby to us. However, our previous horse was well into his senior years so we're used to a little more bony-ness. She's eight years old though, has a bigger appetite than my previous horse and she won't let anyone else touch her food so I'd expect her to be a little on the round side, healthy and all that.

Today, I was feeding Angel and I noticed that the skin on her stomach was moving. Normally, this isn't strange. Air moves around in her stomach so much, you can feel it bubbling, hear it rumbling, etc. But this time, it seemed different, more continuous like when you see baby feet kicking at a mother's belly. When I tried to touch her stomach, she moved away, thinking I wanted her to move and by the time I touched her stomach again, it was over.

I would be over the MOON if Angel is pregnant. I would never stop smiling for the rest of my life. My dad, however, would probably faint on the spot. He would NOT be happy. Angel's previous owners did say that they tried to breed her but she never took.

Are there any signs I can look for that would tell me if Angel is pregnant or not? Thank you in advance, for my dad's peace of mind :P
It is best if she is not in foal.

This would be a very late foal....not a good thing.

If you want a foal....wait until early 2013 and pick a good mate for her.
     
    04-12-2012, 11:56 AM
  #10
Trained
Seeing as you know that she was exposed, then there is always a chance that she actually held to a service, so she maybe in foal.

The signs of pregnancy vary so much from mare to mare it is really difficult to tell you what to look for, but if you even think that she might be pregnant, she should have a vet check. Knowing for sure is very important, then you can chat to your vet about all the care she would need and you would get an idea of her due date.

This isn't emergency vet call territory, so make an appointment and either haul her in or get the vet to call in if they are in your area.

Good luck, I look forward to seeing what the vet says
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