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    Mare was bred around April 22nd last year and have managed to get to her loose a bit of weight since. Well due date has passed and still no baby. To me it looks like she is but owner says with her in heat now, she's not. She's still bagged up, producing milk and has gone from completely relaxed to tightened up in the span of a few hours. I have pics of her from October though now. What do you guys think? She's on a low carb grain as of about August last year.

    October
    http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_102225.jpg



    December



    February





    Next few pictures are from the past few months. Last two are from today.














  • #2
    call the vet out to check?
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    • #3
      I am voting fat but would need to see udder pics to say for sure.
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      • #4
        Was she ever checked for pregnancy?

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        • #5
          The horse was bred a year ago and you're just wondering this now? No vet checks?

          I'd say that at "around" day 367 and the mare's in heat, you've got a fat horse. Even if she's a maiden, she doesn't look pregnant at all to my eye.

          I wouldn't have her on any grain at all--wow, she's chubby.
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          • #6
            To me she looks fat rather than due to foal, but after seeing mares that I would have bet money were full term and were open, and hearing about that 2 year old TB at the track that foaled in her stall that no one knew was preggers, nothing is for certain, especially if this mare is a maiden.
            You need a vet to examine the horse. Given the innumerable things that can go awry during pregnancy and foaling, a vet should be involved at every step of the way.
            As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.

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            • #7
              I say the vet would know, and even with an udder pic I feel like it would make little difference, I have a mare who will bag up and produce milkish stuff all on her own and usually when she's more overweight as compared to less overweight. FWIW I vote fat :P
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              • #8
                Sounds like a false pregnancy. Not that uncommon.

                I am a small breeder (bred about a dozen mares) and it has happen to 2 of my mares.

                A vet could tell you pretty quickly.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lauren12 View Post
                  Was she ever checked for pregnancy?

                  Uh, yeah. Now is not the time to be wondering whether she's preggers if she was bred last year. We are not the people to be asking. The owner has been incredibly irresponsible.
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                    #10
                    I can get an udder pic in the morning. The vet has been out twice: once for yearly shots and coggins and a second time for the other mare that was bred the week before this one. When the vet looked at her she did say it looks like she could be. She wasn't palpated when they did shots and coggins due to her being nutso about getting any kind of shots or needles.

                    The only foal I know of out of this mare is now 4. The low carb grain she's getting is the only thing I've managed to talk to owner into doing. She insists that everyone gets grain, even the donkey needs to get half a quart a day... If you look at her neck in the first pic compared to now, she has lost some weight and not nearly as cresty as she was. I still think a trip to the vet is in order. The farrier she uses said he had a mare that would go into heat and be in foal.

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                    • #11
                      Good grief!

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                      • #12
                        I also vote fat, especially since she's not a maiden. As for pregger mares showing heat, heck yeah they can...especially if they live with a stallion. I have a couple who can be wider than the proverbial barn and peeing every time they see or hear him. Little hussies, I tell you!
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                          #13
                          Yup! But she did say if she's not pregnant she's going on a diet. Now how well the weekend person will keep to her diet is a whole different matter. Plus needing a pen to work in that's level would be a plus. I don't like working on a slope unless it's a hill.

                          The stud does live on the property but the mares go one way and he goes the other. Then again the one mare that did have a foal, did have a grand old time with him.


                          Originally posted by Dr. Doolittle View Post
                          Good grief!

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                          • #14
                            Why do people breed so nonchalantly!?
                            Drives me absolutely MAD.
                            As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by onna View Post
                              Mare was bred around April 22nd last year and have managed to get to her loose a bit of weight since. Well due date has passed and still no baby. To me it looks like she is but owner says with her in heat now, she's not. She's still bagged up, producing milk and has gone from completely relaxed to tightened up in the span of a few hours. I have pics of her from October though now. What do you guys think? She's on a low carb grain as of about August last year.

                              October
                              http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_102225.jpg



                              December



                              February





                              Next few pictures are from the past few months. Last two are from today.













                              Originally posted by onna View Post
                              I can get an udder pic in the morning. The vet has been out twice: once for yearly shots and coggins and a second time for the other mare that was bred the week before this one. When the vet looked at her she did say it looks like she could be. She wasn't palpated when they did shots and coggins due to her being nutso about getting any kind of shots or needles.

                              The only foal I know of out of this mare is now 4. The low carb grain she's getting is the only thing I've managed to talk to owner into doing. She insists that everyone gets grain, even the donkey needs to get half a quart a day... If you look at her neck in the first pic compared to now, she has lost some weight and not nearly as cresty as she was. I still think a trip to the vet is in order. The farrier she uses said he had a mare that would go into heat and be in foal.
                              Originally posted by onna View Post
                              Yup! But she did say if she's not pregnant she's going on a diet. Now how well the weekend person will keep to her diet is a whole different matter. Plus needing a pen to work in that's level would be a plus. I don't like working on a slope unless it's a hill.

                              The stud does live on the property but the mares go one way and he goes the other. Then again the one mare that did have a foal, did have a grand old time with him.
                              Just preserving this horrifying trainwreck.

                              OP, the vet coming out to "do spring shots" is not the vet coming out to see the mare. You could know 100% if she was pregnant if you (or the owner?) actually bothered to get her the appropriate medical care.

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                              • #16
                                The OP says she doesn't own this mare.

                                Fwiw she just looks very fat to me.

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                                • #17
                                  Could be a false pregnancy and from what I'm getting you are not the owner. IMO this mare needs to be checked ASAP. She looks fat but you never know and if there is something in there and it's died she will turn septic and it will kill this mare.
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                                  • #18
                                    Whether she is in foal or not, she does not appear to be, the whole situation begs for a visit from the vet.
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                                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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                                    • #19
                                      Look at her from the back. With my PG mares, they were always bigger on one side, where the foal was.

                                      Yours looks fat to me, but who knows.

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                                        #20
                                        Well I've been completely shut down on the vet either coming out or her going to the vet to get checked. I was told in all of her 40 years breeding horses, she's never had a mare go into full heat and still be pregnant. Said if she has a baby great but more than likely not going to happen.

                                        I've argued with the man that puts the horses up at night about her being horribly over weight. When I was telling him how much grain she should be getting, he turned around and started yelling at me, calling me fat and that I should go starve myself like I am this mare. I told him giving her grain is like giving a fat kid candy. This was before the vet came out and agreed that it wouldn't hurt to try the I/R grain for this mare. Same vet told me that the horses would choke on the soaked beet pulp and she wouldn't feed it to any of them.

                                        Oh yeah here's an udder pic for those that wanted to see.

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