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post #1 of 7 Old 07-10-2018, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Mare pregnant?

We got a Tennessee walker before our colt had been gelded, he has been gelded but before that they had been together. In the beginning both had shown signs of interest and the colt had jumped the fence one night and after then they showed no more interest. So we allowed them to stay together as it made the herd happier and we wouldn't have to worry about our horses trying to jump the fence, as they get very antsy when separated and I would take a pregnant mare over an injured horse. We watched them to make sure there wasn't interest and an opening for breeding, but I cant 100% guarantee that they hadn't bred, because I cant watch them all the time and I don't live at the farm. He was gelded during this period. Since that one night(it has been almost 3 months), I haven't seen the mare show any interest and I have even noticed her pushing the colt away when he gets too close. She will throw her bum at him to scare him off. But again I cannot guarantee that there weren't any signs of interest after the one night because I don't know, though I haven't seen any. I don't have a ton of experience with horses so I don't know when she would be in heat and I didn't keep track of it. We talked to the vet and decided to not test her because of cost, and if she is pregnant then she is. I am eager to find out though, but I know there isn't a guarantee either way based on the information I have. What would you guess, pregnant or not? While it wasn't planned at all, I would really love the experience if we had a foal, the best things aren't always planned. ALSO I will attach picture of both the colt (short quarter horse, and yes in the picture provided he is underweight and he is healthy now) and mare(black t walker), please leave comments on what you think the colt would turn out to look like , because I know nothing about equine genetics.. so feel free to
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Well, for starters, no she does not look pregnant. And, at three months she more than likely isn't going to. Unless you have her checked by the vet, sometimes you only know for sure when a foal pops out. That is providing everything goes well. Your best bet is to have her checked.

How old is the colt? If under a year, less likely he figured it out. If over a year more likely.
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If I remember that colt was a 2 1/2 year old. Plenty old enough to know what the birds and bees are. More than likely she is pregnant. How long? Probably three months. BUT some horses are shy breeders and some mares don't show visible heat signs. That they showed interest initially and now don't says that is probably not the case here. Best is to have the vet give her a once over but if that isn't going happen then you can order a test called WeeFoal 120. If used after 120 day point from the day you last bred her. In this case when he jumped the fence. $40 plus shipping. The Miniature Horse Shop carries them. Mares can slip their foals early on and in that case she could have already been rebred but not be early enough for that test to work. It'd at least give you an idea of what is going on.


ETA I went back to refresh. If I calculated correctly that breeding would have happened around April 14th. That gives an expected due date of March 22 give or take a couple of weeks if that is the right day and all goes well. That would also put her at 87ish days and you'd have another 35 before you could use that test. If she aborted and was rebred it would show negative but you'd at least have that info and could retest or better save up and have the vet out.

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Also wanted to add having a guestmate also helps you figure when you need to put her on a mare and foal feed. Which you'll want to do for the last three months as that is when most growth happens and she'll need calories plus extra nutrition for feeding that baby.

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Colorwise it all depends on genetics. If you know what the parents of those two were you'd have a better guess. Could be bay, black or even chestnut if both of those happen to have that gene.

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What @QtrBel said.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-13-2018, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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@QtrBel thanks you gave me some pretty good info, I know its hard to answer because you really cant know. In around 30-40 days I will look more into getting the vet out or getting the pregnancy test shipped so we can then prepare if needed.
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