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post #1 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Fat or just pregnant?

So my mare was confirmed in foal at 5 months pregnant and should be around 9-10 months pregnant now but I can’t help but wonder if she’s just fat.
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 12:42 AM
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She doesn't look fat at all and too thin if she's that far along. I'd have her checked to see if she's still pregnant.

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post #3 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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First picture is from when she’s not pregnant

Second and third pictures are from today
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 03:48 AM
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She doesn't look overly fat OR pregnant in the pic on green grass, so why did you post that one??

Others on snow, she doesn't loo obese but hard to tell with those pics. However, while obesity is not good for anyone, a little overweight before dropping a goal & lactating is generally fine. Not an expert but she doesn't look obviously ready to drop.
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 06:41 AM
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These posts pop up regularly, but I don't think anyone can tell if a mare is pregnant from looking at photos. Probably best to have her checked by a vet. She does look rather thin in the picture where she's on grass. Is she a hard keeper or an older mare?
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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She is an older mare.

The picture on green grass was just to show what her belly looks like when she’s not in foal.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 01:25 PM
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I don't think she looks fat at all. She also doesn't look pregnant, but you say it's been vet confirmed. If she weren't pregnant, I would say she looks out of condition, and perhaps a worm load?
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Fat or just pregnant

She has been on a regular deworming schedule so I wouldn’t think that she might have worms but she very well could be out of condition cause she doesn’t get ridden.
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 02:55 PM
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Were you feeding her like a pregnant mare? If this mare is 9 or 10 months along she has anywhere from 4-6 weeks left to foaling and I would say she looks far too thin if she is bred. If she is bred she is way too thin and the health of her foal could be at risk.

If the vet confirmed she was in foal why would you doubt she is still pregnant?
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-21-2020, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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She is on a mare and foal feed right now and has free choice hay.

I checked her body condition and she’s a 5 or a 6 on the Henneke scale, it’s just the way she’s built that makes her look thin.

The only reason I wonder if she’s still pregnant is just because this is my first foal and I’m being a worry wart.
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