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post #1 of 4 Old 06-10-2011, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so i am new to owning a horse. We have a pregnant horse. She is a little over 12 months pregnant now and STILL no baby! Her milk hasn't came in, and her former owner came and looked at her for us. He says he thinks the baby is dead. He said the horse's body would absorb the baby there was nothing we needed to do. Have any of you ever heard of this? Or do you know what happens now? HELP!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-10-2011, 11:56 PM
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Now is time to call a vet...
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-11-2011, 12:47 AM
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At this late stage in pregnancy, the mare will NOT reabsorb the dead fetus.. She will get a massive infection and possibly die herself if indeed the baby is dead, It will start decomposing in her body and she will become ill herself.
Are you postive the mare is pregnant? Did you have a vet out to confirm her pregnancy? If the old owner is the one who said she is pregnant then I have my doubts, since he is not knowledgeable enough to know a mare can't reabsorb a full term baby.
Please get a vet to this mare immediately. If she is pregnant and past twelve months, something is wrong. If the foal is dead, your mare could die from massive infection from a rotting corpse inside her. You need a vet NOW>>>
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Yes, it is time to call the vet, like yesterday. It is only within the first few weeks of pregnancy that the mare will re-absorb the fetus, pretty much anything past that will be miscarried by the birth canal. If the foal is in fact dead, then your mare is in very serious trouble. Her risk of death is very high and getting higher the longer you wait to call out the vet.

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