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My mare was confirmed in foal with a blood test at 4 months, then with an ultrasound at 6 months. Now here we are over a year and no foal. Weefoal is only accurate to 300 days, and ultrasound isn't supposed to be very helpful at this point either. My vet won't palpate a mini. She doesn't have much of a belly or a bag, but she is a maiden. What other options do I have?
 

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Are you able to post some pics of her ? One from directly behind, down at her level 5m back ? One of her udder.

Unless your vet has really small hands , it is often very hard to palpate. With Maiden mares, they often carry much higher up in the rib cage, so less noticeable.
 

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There is little to nothing to see. From behind one side of her belly stuck out a few inches further than the other up until a few weeks ago. Now both sides are the same, which I figured was the baby getting ready to come out. But it's an impossible call if she is slightly overweight or a maiden that is hiding it very well. Udders most of the swelling is in front, nipples still tight together, not enough to see any bag in a picture but if you grope around you can feel that there is some swelling and it is firm most days.
 

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I thought I had but very minimal. I figured that was about normal for a maiden carrying high, but now I can't think back and swear they were kicks. She would be 370 days today.
 

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Nope. She did show some colicy signs one day and then the shape of her belly changed a bit. And I'm almost positive I saw some actual kicking but this is getting ridiculous. She now has the tiniest dip down in her belly, and nothing at all from behind.
 

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I bought a said to be pregnant (and due this spring/summer) mini mare almost 3 weeks ago... I wanted confirmation and to know she and foal looked healthy, I had vet out and she did a basic external ultrasound, she could see the foal moving and the heartbeat.
 

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What I have been told is that it depends on how far along they are. Though maybe my vets just have cheap ultrasound machines because I have never had one tell me they would be able to hear a heartbeat.
 

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She changed shape, got a full bag, waxed up, she lost a mucous plug, she went into pre-labor. Then nothing. I finally got someone else out to ultrasound and there was no foal. Absolutely the most frustrating experience ever.
 

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