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  • Fat or foal?

    We have owned our mare 5 weeks, she was underweight when we got her so this belly has come out of no were. Anyone think she looks in foal?

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    I believe its nearly impossible to tell just by looking at a photo of a mare to tell whether she is pregnant or not. Only a vet (or possibly a very experienced breeder) can verify that a mare is, in fact, pregnant. If you've not have your vet examine your new mare, that would be the way to go to verify if it is pregnancy or just a hay/grass belly (or something else).
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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      It can be very hard to tell. I bought a mare years ago that was quite underweight, and as she gained, I noticed that she looked "odd" but my mind went more to other health concerns rather than pregnancy, which was not even a consideration. I wasn't sure until she bagged up that she was in foal, and thankfully everything worked out well for mare and foal. Looking back at pics of her now, I can't believe I didn't even think pregnancy, but after contacting the person I bought her from, it appears a young stallion escaped and bred her likely in the week before I picked her up. A lot can depend on the conformation of the mare too - mine didn't really "show" all that much right up to foaling.

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