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post #1 of 51 Old 11-20-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Possible Surprise Pregnancy

It seems our newly acquired pony mare may be in foal. When we got her we knew she was a little tubby. We've only had her about a month. I kept joking she looked pregnant. Weelllll. This weekend I noticed her belly was oddly shaped, and running my hands over her I noticed she had dropped weight. Now, I scheduled a vet appointment immediately and he's coming out tomorrow. BUT they don't do blood or urine tests, she'd have to be hauled in for an appointment. I don't have a trailer but can arrange for this if needed, I am just having her looked at for now to rule out other issues for her weight drop. I imagine she wasn't getting enough to eat since we were feeding her like she was a non pregnant, over weight mare.

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Took this video last night. It definitely looks like baby kicks to me. Our farrier has been super helpful. She has experience breeding, and mentioned that when mare's breathing becomes elevated like Misty's is, it usually means she will deliver soon. I was thinking we had a few more months. I was going to order a pregnancy test kit but could it be too late for that? I haven't been able to see a bag but she is super fluffy. Below is a link to the video. What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 51 Old 11-20-2019, 04:40 PM
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They can palate to determine if she is. Mares that aren't getting what they need diet wise can be ribby with huge belly's and not pregnant even though they may look like they are carrying twins. They all have a range of needs. All of mine eat the same except one that I have to feed a protein supplement to keep the hay belly down and muscles covering the top line. When all that weight is gone and she has a good line then there is no pull down that makes her rib show. If I fed her the same as the other girls she looks perpetually preggo. Most movement is gas and waste moving through. It is surprising how much it looks like it should be a baby but if that were the case all my geldings would be pregnant too.
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They can palate to determine if she is. Mares that aren't getting what they need diet wise can be ribby with huge belly's and not pregnant even though they may look like they are carrying twins. They all have a range of needs. All of mine eat the same except one that I have to feed a protein supplement to keep the hay belly down and muscles covering the top line. When all that weight is gone and she has a good line then there is no pull down that makes her rib show. If I fed her the same as the other girls she looks perpetually preggo. Most movement is gas and waste moving through. It is surprising how much it looks like it should be a baby but if that were the case all my geldings would be pregnant too.
She's not ribby at all, her hip bones are protruding. Her belly has grown, and I attributed that to hay belly, which it may very well be. I will try to upload a full body photo of her.
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post #4 of 51 Old 11-20-2019, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ok some more photos. She’s chewing At her side and wanting extra attention
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She is a fluffy thing isn't she! Such a cutie.
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post #7 of 51 Old 11-20-2019, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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And milkies!
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Oh gosh she's adorable. Look at that pattern <33333 If she has a baby I bet it'll be adorable and I will be obsessively waiting all day every day for fresh pictures of it
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She does appear pregnant doesn't she?

How exciting! Please post pictures of the new foal on here (if one arrives)

If she/he comes on Thanksgiving could have a theme name; Turkey, Dressing, Cranberry, or how about Pumpkin?

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I just found out about a baby surprise. The vet palpated her and thought she felt something, so she did the ultra sound as well and I got to see baby in there.

Side note: that pony is cute as heck!
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