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post #1 of 17 Old 09-07-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Pregnant horse?

So, I am partially deaf. I occasionally miss parts of conversations. My wife told me that when we went and looked at my arabian mare, the lady said the mare may have been bred by a donkey. This isn't a huge problem because I am not opposed to having a mule. I just have a few questions. First, is there anything I NEED to do right now for her? I am less than a quarter mile from my vet but I'm not really into unneeded vet bills ect....... Can I just wait and see, I guess is the question. What about working her? Can she be ridden without any major concerns. I know my dogs will hunt with no problems up until the last couple weeks. Of course they only have a couple months of pregnancy. How many vertabrae would I expect? Or is it a craps shoot like alot of genetics?

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-07-2011, 12:13 PM
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I know alot of people will suggest multiple vet checks but honestly do you need them. If there's obvious problems then call the vet and it's always handy to be there at the birth but that's not always a guarenteed thing, especially if you can't afford to stay up every night (since the majority of all foals and people for that matter are born in the early early hours of the morning).
I had 2 foals out of my mare and never got her checked once. Just keep her on good feed and exercise is good for the mare (ive heard it keeps the baby strong because it does more moving inside the womb too?) I rode my mare normal until her 3rd trimester, then slowed it down. She'll tell you when you're doing too much because she won't want to do it & might get cranky lol.
Also, you don't need to up her feed until the 3rd trimester & only a little.
After it's born, you'll want to make sure the mare's expelled the placenta (if not, call the vet quick!)
There are always risks with birthing, but if your vet lives so close just give him a quick call.

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If the horse owner does not know the basics of pregnant mare care then yes, a vet is needed.

Vaccines and deworming are needed at certain times, etc.
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You can ride her all the way up until the end if she doesn't have any issues. Most people will suggest a vet come out and at least palpate (sorry about spelling). Make sure you feed her good food, stay away from fescue and watch her weight and health.

If you choose to play the wait and see game just remember to have the vet out when the baby is born to ensure it's getting the colostrum it needs.

If you want a diffinitive answer, you'll need a vet though. I would assume the bill would be around $100 for a check.

If it were me, I'd have the vet out but I've only bred for one baby so I'm not the most experienced in breeding. Although, I bought a mare that was very pregnant with a mule and she had no problems. (So I geuss technically I've had two baby equines!)

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I don't need a definate answer. I'm sure it'll be pretty obvious at some point.

Alwaysbehind, I don't need a vet for vaccines and wormer for the rest of my animals so I don't think I'll need one for a horse. Maybe you could just tell the worming and vaccine schedual that works for you.....

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Certain wormers are better for pregnant mares and foals, because they attack different bugs. Strongid (i think that's what it's called. Something along those lines, i'll have to double check) is good for them.
As for vaccines, that's always a debate, even amongst vets (although not many will admit it becaue they want to make money and don't want to turn people off of buying the meds altogether because that wouldn't be good for their career) It's YOUR choice whether or not to vaccinate.

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I don't need a definate answer. I'm sure it'll be pretty obvious at some point.

Alwaysbehind, I don't need a vet for vaccines and wormer for the rest of my animals so I don't think I'll need one for a horse. Maybe you could just tell the worming and vaccine schedual that works for you.....
I'm a bit confused as to why you asked if you don't want to hear the responses?

As far as what works for another poster (Alwaysbehind)- you would have to be in the same state or at least area of the United States for the advice to be applicable. Different insects, climate, forage choices, etc impact how we need to care for our equines.
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What do you NEED to do, well nothing I suppose, if that's what suits you, but that may not be the best choice for your mare.

I would have her checked now so you know for sure if she is in foal, if she is open then you don't have to do anything.

If she is in foal then you do have decision making as to what is best for her and her baby, worming, vaccinations, feeding etc etc.
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I'm a bit confused as to why you asked if you don't want to hear the responses?

As far as what works for another poster (Alwaysbehind)- you would have to be in the same state or at least area of the United States for the advice to be applicable. Different insects, climate, forage choices, etc impact how we need to care for our equines.

Who said I didn't want to hear the responses? I just was pointing out that I can do them myself. What do people recommend for west nile? For all horses as far as that goes. I doubt these have been vaccinated for it and I know it's around here.


Does a donkey have as many vertabrate as a standard horse? If so, will a mule born to an arabian generally have less vertabrate like an arabian? Does it even matter?

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As far as West Nile, I vaccinate every 6 months. Our "winters" are laughable and the skeeters are with us year round! Will you be getting the vet to check her?
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