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FrostedLilly 10-08-2013 04:41 PM

When Do Mares Typically Start To Show?
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Hello HF,

I know this is a bit of a loaded question, as the answer varies considerably from horse to horse, but for those of you who breed on a regular basis or have a great deal of experience with it, at what point in gestation do you usually see a horse start to show? I know some show right away and some show right at the bitter end, but I was wondering if there is a typical time frame that what one would expect a mare to start showing?

The reason for my asking is that I have a maiden mare who is currently at 5 months gestation (confirmed via US.) I'm not sure I see much of a difference, but I'm not really sure when I should. I'm terribly impatient, so I probably just have to wait, but I was wondering if you all would be able to share your experiences.

Thanks all!

TexasBlaze 10-08-2013 04:59 PM

I have a thinner mare who is showing now at 5 months. Also have a very thick are who's 12 hours earlier than the other mare and she doesn't seem pregnant at all. Both mares confirmed through US. Depends on the mare.

CLaPorte432 10-08-2013 05:36 PM

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Chilly started showing at 6 months, and I started to feel fetal movement and see the baby moving around then as well. majorly cool!
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BlueSpark 10-08-2013 05:53 PM

depends on the mare shape, size, weight and fetus size. a long backed mare can hide a foal for a long time. I knew one that you would have sworn was not pregnant, right up until month 10. Long backed, big or fat mares can hide a foal for a long time, some times looking not pregnant right up to the last few weeks. Smaller framed, thin or short backed mares can show early and get huge.

this is stormy, at 5 months, and Pretzl at 4 months. Pretzl is a little bit fat, but her ribs are easy to feel.

FrostedLilly 10-08-2013 07:51 PM

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I think I'm just fretting a little because this is her first foal (and mine as an adult.) She is pretty broad in the chest and barrel and is a little on the chubby side so maybe she won't start showing for a while yet. She's also getting her winter coat which makes any subtle changes hard to judge - she gets a super thick coat and is already already pretty fuzzy.
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Adenfire 10-08-2013 08:08 PM

my maiden mare is just under the 5 month mark now and I feel like I'm starting to see changes but not sure if its real or just me being hopeful. lol.
Her last September;

her a few weeks ago at almost 5 months...the biggest difference is her flanks are filling out...
and for Fun...She's already getting wide looking from front and back lol

dbarabians 10-09-2013 12:29 AM

I also think how much a mare shows depends on how much she is ridden.
My mares did not show until almost that last trimester. remember that foal will remain small until that time and then will gain about a pound a day. A large foal is around 120 pounds so if they grew a pound a day in the last 90 then there isnt much to show before then.
Lack of activity though may make a mare lose muscle tone and gain weight. Shalom

waresbear 10-09-2013 01:00 AM

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Although she is not showing a baby bump yet, is she glowing at all?

dbarabians 10-09-2013 02:35 AM

waresbare I needed that laugh. Shalom

FrostedLilly 10-09-2013 07:54 AM

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Hahaha! She's pretty shiny if that counts for anything.
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