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Neka 11-13-2008 04:12 PM

Is it safe to transport a pregnant mare?
I'm just curious. I'm not going to do anything of the such, nor would I think of doing it. But, a friend bred her stallion to her friends mare & now they're having a falling out & my friend wants to ship the mare back. I told her, I think it would have been fine MAYBE in the first month or two, but the mare's 5-7 months along.

Anyhow, I was just wondering...

sempre_cantando 11-13-2008 04:34 PM

I don't see a problem provided:
1. The mare is good at loading/unloading/travelling so the floating doesn't stress her out too much
2. The mare is generally a calm sort and won't get too stressed being in a new place
3. If the journey is long, have a few breaks for her to move around and stretch her legs.

Alternatively, you could wait until the foal is a few weeks old - I've heard of people transporting mares and their young foals with out too many difficulties.

RegalCharm 11-15-2008 03:44 AM

not a problem unless the mare is really really close to the due date
like the 10th month or later.

and like sempre said.

FGRanch 11-15-2008 09:54 AM

I've hauled mares into the 9th month of pregnancy without any issues. I make it a rule not to haul after the 10th month though.

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