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post #11 of 20 Old 12-29-2010, 02:57 AM
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Tough issue that I think needs some pondering.... health issue that you do not understand.... maybe call a vet? Nah, you could just ask here or ask your friends.
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Was that sarcasm truly necessary, Alex? I'm new at the owning a pony that's in foal business. I have bred various other animals who are quite easy to tell if they are pregnant. I was wondering if there was some kind of easy way eg: Rabbit genitalia goes really red and swollen and you can feel their kits from week one, chickens you candle the eggs etc (not that I think for a moment that horse pregnancy relates in any way to chickens or rabbits).

The guy that sold her to me had her in a paddock with a colt for 6 months but he knows less than me - at least I've always ridden, not owned before. The pony has had 2 foals previously so he assumes she's pregnant.

I get the picture to go to the vet!! cheers guys... I probably should have given you this explanation in the first place so you understood why I was asking...not to replace a vet's opinion simply to know whether there is an easy way for me to tell.

I've had some really awesome conversations in forums with people on this site and the above comment really took me back.
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 01:59 AM
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I've had some really awesome conversations in forums with people on this site and the above comment really took me back.
Apologies on my part at least, if I came over condescending or anything. I certainly didn't intend that and do strive not to assume anything not stated about people's knowledge or lack of. There are a lot of questions of this sort asked by ignorant people or those that choose to own animals but not pay for a vet when necessary, so I presume as with my response, those thoughts probably coloured other people's responses too.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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post #14 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 03:22 AM
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AuntyKaterine- there have been a lot of threads recently about people and pregnant mares who are not willing to call the vet, so some people do get fairly annoyed.
I don't think there is an easy way to tell... but I have had no experiance that is just from reading everyones elses posts, if shes nearly due then the udders start to swell with milk and wax like stuff apears on the teets.
Don't take my word for it you are probably best with a vet though :)
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post #15 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I am only 3 days old to the forum and this post was put up on my first day. Since then, I have read the pregnancy questions on the breeding forum.

I am a very responsible pet and live stock owner and have a regular vet (who's specialty - or passion- is actually horses!). My pony also needs a farrier (I am really cranky with the neglect she was kept in because of lack of specialist care). Unfortunately, being the time of year it is, I can not get either out to see her until next week.

Cheers for all your comments - after I read the amount of pregnancy ones, I can certainly see how frustrating it would be to continually get these questions.
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My pony also needs a farrier (I am really cranky with the neglect she was kept in because of lack of specialist care). Unfortunately, being the time of year it is, I can not get either out to see her until next week.
Another week or few is highly unlikely to be detrimental, but a bad farrier may be, so refer to my signature line for more info & ensure you find yourself a *good* one! Cheers!

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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Thanks Loosie, all information is appreciated - I am keen to learn and do the best for Dolly.
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Thats always good to hear :) and I know how difficult it can be to get a hold of farriers, but luckly I got hold of mine just before he went on holidays
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post #19 of 20 Old 12-30-2010, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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We got Dolly two days after Christmas...a bit of a rescue job so organising before Christmas didn't quite work! I am quite concerned about her feet as one hoof is actually peeling a chunk off (hard to explain). I have been asking around my friends but they're mainly rural and the farrier I use for the horse I have a free lease on doesn't come into Canberra. I might actually put it up on the forum...I've met a few people from Canberra on the Forum already!
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I might actually put it up on the forum...I've met a few people from Canberra on the Forum already!
Oh, hi fellow Aussie! I'm in Healesville, Vic, so don't get quite that far either<TIC> but if you get onto an Australian hoof care list you're bound to find someone within the realm. In the meantime, if you're concerned, you can post hoof pics & get some opinions on what emergency measures may be beneficial. I know there's also a Canberra specific horse forum that I discovered - 'Bush Capital' or some such.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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