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    01-25-2008, 11:00 AM
Green Broke

We just recently bought a crossbred pony from a slaughter auction. She is my dads trail pony, she is perfect for him. But lately I noticed her barrel is hugeeee. My dad thinks is a hay belly. But its all around her barrel, it looks like she is preg. How can I tell? Do I have to get an ultrasound? Can I do it without sticking someones hand inside her?
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    01-25-2008, 11:17 AM
I was told by breeders that some horses become very protective over food and when touched around the belly while pregnant. Mine looked like one too, but it was just hay belly (and it was rather impossible as I got her as yearling). But I'd recommend to call vet if it looks really suspicious.
    01-25-2008, 11:23 AM
There is really no way to tell except by a vet check.
    01-25-2008, 11:39 AM
Veeeeet cheeeeeeck~
    01-25-2008, 11:57 AM
Green Broke
    01-25-2008, 12:22 PM
    01-28-2008, 09:38 AM
Green Broke
We really really don't have the money right now to bring the vet out. Considering his $55 fee for just coming out.
    01-28-2008, 09:48 AM
I've seen tests for sale that the owner can just send in a sample of blood, manure in to a lab. Sorry I don't remember where I saw it I get too many vet supply catalogs. They may be just as expensive as a vet visit but it would be worth checking out. And wow $55 for a house call? I wont tell my vet that, he only charges $20
    01-28-2008, 10:00 AM
I watch my mares and they seem to fill out all the way around starting in about 7th month. As time goes, baby just seems to lie in bottom and the round out underneath. They say that the left side will stick out furtherest. I am not a fan of vet checking, have, but just wait and see in most cases. Has this pony shown a heat? Some mares really become mellow when pregnant and other become such grouches. How long have you had her? Has her dispostion changed? Vidaloco, your vet is so reasonable. I have a $75 stop charge emergincies are more. This vet comes 50 miles, local vets are charging at least $40 and then they charge for a mandatory physical fee, and they listen to heart, lung, and check teeth in which they are so incompetant, that is why I use vet from further away, and they have far more horse sense than our local vets because they do way more horse calls!
    01-28-2008, 10:31 AM
Green Broke
I have never noticed her being in heat. I'v only had her for about a month and she has doubled in size since then. When I feel around her stomach she pins her ears and moves away from me. I haven't noticed a change in attitude considering she is my dads horse I don't really pay attention to her that much.

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