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post #1 of 21 Old 11-13-2014, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Not new to horses, but new to pregnant mare...

In August I became the proud owner of a mare as a gift (Guy didn't want her anymore). She looked like she had a grass belly but after checking her up, the vet said she is just bloated.
Now another two months along the line she is even bigger around the girth. Did some research on the causes of all her symptoms and pregnancy fits the best.
I asked the guy if she was kept with any other horses. He said no but end last year some time there were suddenly three more horses in her camp for about 3 weeks and two of them were def stallions. So I went back to the vet. He said then it is to late to do a visual check. We tried palpitation, she kicks the vet, we tried sonar, she kicks the vet, we try to get to her teats, she kicks, we try to draw blood .........
So the vet said we see and wait.

Her symptoms include excessive eating, extreme mood swings, sensitivity from her ribs all the way back, standing in very funny positions.
Sunday she was extremely agitated, stomping and nipping at her sides. I noticed if I just bend slightly I can see her udder, it has gotten slightly bigger as when I got her. She also has very prominent milk veins.

I am concerned that if all this does not point to pregnancy that there is something seriously wrong.
The vet tells me to look at when the udder drops, I do not know what a dropped udder looks like. Tried google-ing it, but didn't help.

Could anybody please give me some advise?
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-13-2014, 12:16 PM
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As someone who has never dealt with a preggo mare (and never plans to! xD) I'd just wait to see what the vet says... :/ Results shouldn't take long to receive.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-13-2014, 08:32 PM
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A dropped udder simply means that the teats will fill with milk. They don't fill until right before she would foal. And they would get very large. If she is pregnant she is having an active pregnancy . Normally mares are not disturbed by the foals during the pergnancy. The fact that she is bothered by touch and is nipping at her sides is a bit off. I work on a breeding facility and have never seen pregnant mares do that until they are in labor. If this is her first foal be vigilant when she does go into labor to make sure all goes well. First timers are always a mystery.
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post #4 of 21 Old 11-13-2014, 08:59 PM
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My mare was 4 months pregnant when the woman who I didn't know gave her to me. I took her because it was my daughters birthday and she wanted a horse. My farrier came out to trim her hooves and confirmed that in fact she is pregnant! I spend most of the day with her and can see the baby move around alot!! She is now 9 months ☺
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-13-2014, 09:21 PM
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Stallion present: check. Her belly is larger than it was 2 months ago: check. Sensitive: check, if she's far along which works with the timing of the presence of stallions being end of last year. From what I've read on this forum and a few other places, every mare is different in regard to udder development. If it was me, I'd have a foaling pack in place, and ask the vet to provide you with a "what to do when" list and keep his number handy.

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-14-2014, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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An update....

No foal yet... Today she looks less fatter and I can almost not see the milk lines and she is her lovable self... Almost... So I got a second opinion from another vet, he said to check her back side for a jello effect as the muscles loosen before foaling. He also said that the udder can sometimes only drop the night before she foals. He said the little one might be busy moving in position that is why her shape looks almost normal. She is still shy with her tail. But after feeding her and asking nicely she let me touch her rear without any kicks. With both hooves flat on the ground her hind legs and rear is extremely wobbly. I observed her from all angles and the tail head is starting to be more prominent and her back bone as well. Her udder has got something whitish on it but she wouldn't let me investigate.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-14-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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I set a picture up as my profile picture. She looks normal from this angle. Will be spending the day with her tomorrow so will post more pics up. This pic was taken yesterday.
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-14-2014, 07:51 PM
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Ooooh I'm so subbing this! Can't wait to hear what happens next. I hope it's all good news.

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post #9 of 21 Old 11-14-2014, 08:28 PM
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Subbing out of curiosity.

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post #10 of 21 Old 11-14-2014, 08:38 PM
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