Problem Mare Pregnant?
Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:26 PM
Anyway, here lately, my mare looks VERY pregnant and she's moody as hades- and she is normally very tolerant and sweet! She's got the dropped preggo belly going on and I did the nail test on her and kept getting a counter-clockwise positive! She is so very pregnant acting and looking that I am totally confused. She never did come back into heat this year after being covered AT ALL, that I am for sure of, so is there a chance that ultrasound was wrong and I should take her back??? My vet's opinion was that she needed to be flushed and treated for infection to even get pregnant and he saw nothing on the ultrasound and palpation. I've been thinking this whole time that she would be a problem next year and there was nothing going on.
Has anyone ever had this experience of a surprise pregnancy when an ultrasound found nothing? This is our first experience breeding this mare, so I just don't know what to think. I will be taking her back to the vet to know for sure, but it could be he sees nothing but fluid again.....and I'll still be wondering. How often does it happen?
Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:37 PM
My mare is 19 and also one that was hard to clear....
Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:43 PM
Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:58 PM
Well, She would be about 6 months along as well around the first of January. Her last ultrasound was at 4 months and I haven't bothered since. We should have had her cultured earlier this year but we covered her later in the season via live cover and we figured we'd get another chance to fix whatever went wrong if she didn't catch. I had no reason to think she would be a problem as she's been a career girl in the breeding department, but it really could be the age catching up to her at this point. I honestly thought she had, as she never showed any heat after that, and still hasn't! I will get some photos of her tomorrow and post. She's an ugly wooly bear right now, but that belly is BIG!This mare also tends to be a hard keeper to begin with, so I don't know how she got so fat if she isn't pregnant. She's a hot mare and a career fence walker/nervous nelly most of the time, so I just don't get the belly because she's never been dumpy! She's is our only mare who gets ribby without a TON of food and she's only been getting her normal amounts.....so I can't figure out why she gained weight if she isn't preggo.
Interesting photos of Sheila's mare on the last page of my thread too, goes to show....they really CAN look pregnant when they aren't. I have been making sure Sarah gets more exercise the last few days to get her back in good shape, if she is as fat as she looks and not pregnant she is in trouble lol...time for Horsey Craig for my girl. Also going to talk to my vet about her possibly being pre cushings and see if we can't catch it early if she is. This tummy is just so big. You look at it and giggle.
Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:19 PM
Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:29 PM
She very well may be Layne, they really are tricky girls. The U/S can't catch all pregnancies most likely due to user error. I just have 2 vets saying no on mine is why I was just SO SO sure. And kinda still am but my girl is like yours, just huge. To where even the skeptics look at her and say "That belly is just way too much to just be her hanging low or fat". And the underline of it is hard as a rock. It is not fleshy at all. I am checking mine just to be sure but at this point I am exasperated with it all lol. Look forward to seeing your mare, mine was furry too, don't worry!! By the way , my mare grew this belly on a lighter than usual diet too.
Well, I have nothing to do right now....xmas break from the job, so I may haul down there to the barn and get a photo of her to show you. She is a fat 'un! Here is a photo of her from last summer not long after we got her. She was a bit gaunt here, but you can tell this mare has a tighter underline and no hay belly normally.
Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:39 PM
I had one mare that was huge before they could palpate and feel a foal, then she foaled about four weeks later. Modern technology sometimes leaves desire for improvement!
Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:55 PM
The reason it could have only been 11 days is I read it can sometimes ovulate many days after you think. That would mean my 27 day check was only like 21 days etc. Hope to see your photos soon Layne!! I can focus on someone elses tricky pesky mare lol.
Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:58 PM
Posted 26 December 2009 - 07:02 PM
Here is Sarah, hers is saggier but she is older and probably had more foals, she has had like 6 or 7