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post #1 of 95 Old 01-01-2015, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Is my mare in foal or something else? pics attached.

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I have recently gained a shetland mare on loan as a companion for my gelding. She has been with us for just over a month. Previous to coming here she had just bred a foal and was weaned a couple of weeks before coming to me.
For the last week she has periodically showed some concerning behaviour. A couple of times I have caught her biting at her side's, and giving herself an occasional kick to her belly.
my first thought was that she might have colic. Her breathing is normal, temperature is normal, she is grazing well, drinking water, her poop is not abnormal. She isn't displaying any other signs of being in pain, her ears are forward and alert, she is alert. Her gums are nice and pink.
I have spoken to her previous owner about her last heat cycle which was April??? She has been living with a stallion who is the father to her first foal, but I was assured by the owner that they had been separated during her heat cycle.
Her belly over the last few days looks like it has dropped, and when I went to feel her lower belly she tried to bite me. She is not normally like that, and I can touch her everywhere else.
I sat watching her today for quite a while, and watching her belly. Her belly twitched at the back near her flank, and she immediately bit her belly and gave it a kick and went back to grazing.
I am going to call the vet out tomorrow just to have her looked at, as although I have dealt with horses for years, these are my first that I have owned.
I have put a couple of pictures. The one with the white pony in the field was 10 days after we got her, the others were taken today, so about 4 wks apart.
Any advice?
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post #2 of 95 Old 01-01-2015, 01:48 PM
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No pics but I would assume she is in foal.

I'm glad you're getting the vet out.

If there's a stallion on the property even IF they were separated (which is not necessarily true or foolproof) she could still be pregnant. They will always find a way.
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Thanks not sure where the pics went. Hopefully they are there now x
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The pictures make me even more positive but the vet will be able to say for sure.
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living with the stallion but seperated during the heat cycle? that sounds hard to do successfully.

she does look preggers to me.
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Thanks guys, it is what I thought. Trouble I have now, if she is in foal, and she is only on loan to me, who gets the foal?
I was promised she wasn't. It's not a problem for me her having a baby, but I could end up footing all the vet bills, for the owner to come and take them both back.
could be interesting!
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Get an agreement in writing today for the vet care and foal care. If you can't return her immediately.
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Well wait on the vet before going to the owners.

I would expect the vet check bill to go to you (since they wouldn't of bothered from the sounds of it). Personally I would demand they pay all other expenses or take her back.

How long is the loan for? If it's long term I'm thinking- If you want the baby- I would offer to pay all associated bills in exchange for ownership of something they didn't even know about.

Decide what you want, decide how to go about it. Write up a fair contract and get it signed. Then take it from there. I would wait until the vet actually sees her though and plan on paying that bill myself though it's up to you and depends on the mindset of the owners.
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Yep...what Yogiwick said.
Cute, fat, little dumpling, isn't she?
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Thanks guys. I will wait until vet has been, just incase she's fat and it's colic!
She is with me on long term loan, as the owner lost her grazing. She basically has a mud field and had 5 horses, so she got rid of 3 on loan.
I guess if her situation changed and she got more grazing, she may want her back, but I couldn't send her back as she has no where to keep her. Plus I don't want to let her go.
if she's in foal, then I will offer to pay the expenses in return for ownership of the foal. I'm lucky enough to have lots of room, so one more wouldn't hurt.
and yes she is a cute little dumpling, and until the last few days is a dream to handle.
just been and checked her again, she's happily grazing away :)
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