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post #1 of 22 Old 12-22-2019, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Unsure if she’s in foal

Hi! Can anyone help? Does she look infoal? Weyre unsure. She was served three times exactly 8 month ago and has not come back into season however weyre unsure if she’s infoal as she’s fat anyway Last year she wasn’t infoal so we are hoping any help appreciated Thanks!!
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-22-2019, 10:43 AM
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From what I can see, she's a lovely horse...
Fat?? Not so sure of that from the picture shown...
To me, you are coming into very crucial months of foal development...
I would not be chancing not knowing...
So, for me the vet would be coming to see my horse to determine is she or is she not carrying.
Based on that exam they should also be able to narrow down a foaling date for you too...

To many what ifs...
I'm not going to guess but suggest a vet to come and do a real hands-on exam and pregnancy check, then be able to give you factual information you need.
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I second getting the vet out. If she was bred year before last and no foal then possibly something wrong with either her or the stallion. Was she bred three cycles in a row or three times in what was one cycle? Could be timing is off. Not continuing to cycle does not necessarily mean bred. She also could have taken and slipped the foal.

Either way if she is in foal now is the time to be feeding for that foal.

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We know she is due end of March 30th if she is in foal, however due to circumstances we are with a small vets who charge a bomb for call out and then to scan 😫 just wondered if anyone thinks these are a belly of a mare 8 month in foal B5930879-6639-4E42-A7E2-62E926FDBAD3_1577464761306.jpg7AA31EA0-4CA8-4736-92ED-B306CAF04D99_1577464726010.jpg890523E1-E93B-41DD-8DB7-69BC74CF7D28_1577464460417.jpg
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All I can say is that from the outside there could be many reasons for the belly and many horses look pregnant that aren't. There are those that you'd never guess that are ready to and do drop without anyone the wiser. At least you have a date to work from and know when you are hitting the milestones if she is. Treat her like she is and see what happens.
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To you does the shape of her look 8 month in foal?
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Does this Belgian mare look 10 months? She had her colt 5 weeks after this picture.


The next two are the same mare. The first pic is August when she showed every sign of delivering down to streaming milk and being fully bagged. We had a date on the calendar as she was put with my stallion the September before. The second is 5 weeks before she actually delivered. It turns out she was only 5 months in August as the date we thought was a false alarm but the day the deer tore the fence down and they got together took. Her pregnancy was fraught with worry and we have only guesses as to what happened in August.



The last picture is of my son's mare that perpetually looks pregnant except when she truly is.... Go figure. Determining pregnancy from a picture is not possible. All we can say is yes she does or no she doesn't. To me I would say no based on the picture. Possible based on the information. At this point you are close to three months out. Start checking for bag development. Watch for other signs.
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Any other ideas form anyone would be appreciated
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She was bred and no scan is going to be done so I would treat her as if she were. Feed her like she is with plenty of quality hay and a good ration balancer or vitamin/mineral supplement. Watch her when it gets closer to the time. The normal gestation period for horses is 320 to 370 days. That's almost two months of potential foaling time. There really is not a due date for mares. Mares that have foaled several times seem to follow a pattern but there is not pattern established with her.

March 7 to April 26 would all be in a normal range for gestation.

pics of my mare into eighth month of pregnancy. She foaled at 336 days.

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I shake my head at posts like this about breeding.

Was the mare scanned to see if she was in foal and if she might be carrying twins?

If she didn't take the year before was she swabbed to see if she was clean or not?

Simple things that DO cost money but in the long run worth it.
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