How many of you with mares that you suspected to be in foal; have had a vet out to palpate and had the vet say not in foal and the vet been wrong? Is it fairly common or just occassionally one gets it wrong? The more I read, the more it sounds like it happens fairly often.
Last edited by js; Jun. 8, 2010 at 08:40 PM.
Reason: But she is giving me palpitations.
I'm interested in what people say about this too. I have had an ultrasound read wrong where they say she isn't then go back to breed her a few weeks later and there is a baby in there, or an attached blob at that stage anyway.
I have not personally ever had one read a palp wrong, since they actually go in an feel the fetus with their hands. I like you will be interested in whether this happens often.
I was once *given* a very nice mare based on her being open. She had been bred for three cycles that year: first one not in foal, second one twins that were bost lost when one was crushed, and then supposedly not in foal.
I went so far as to put her under lights and the following January took her in for a pre-breeding season ultrasound. The vet (who was the one to call her open last year) got a weird look on her face and as much as accused me of accidentally letting her get bred after I got her. Sure enough, mid May we had a lovely filly who was of course by the previous owner's stallion. The mare was a very tall, long bodied TB and really didn't show until she was 9 or so months along.
It was a mess to say the least, and very embarassing for the vet. To his credit he is a very good repro vet, but I guess once in a while you are bound to miss one.