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Shelley Wiley (Swiley)
Posted on Tuesday, Apr 9, 2002 - 1:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 19 yr old mare finally came into heat last sunday and it was quite painful for a good two hours, I had the vet out and he did not think it was colic either. At the beginning of it all, if I didnt know better, I would have thought she was going into foal,(she has had 3 babies). Then it worsened in intensity. She was down and groaning for two hours, it appeared to cycle every 5 - 10 mins. No fever, no sustained high resperation or pulse. When she finally got up her resperation and pulse were very low, and she slowly resumed eating. Im having her cultured tomorrow and Ill have her checked for tumors.
Does this type of symptom usually show up at this late of an age?
Do you think she will have this pain for every cycle?
Is this a warning sign of a difficult conception or pregnancy?
Thanks in advance
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 - 4:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have never seen a heat cycle that caused colic so the first thought is this is coincidence. The simple temporal realtionship is just not enough to go on. There have been reports of horses that have painful ovulations but it is not likely that your horse had an ovulation on the first day of heat unless she only showed for a day or two. I don't think this indicates that conception or pregnancy is likely to be difficult though her age does play a role. 19 year old mares tend to be harder to settle and do have slightly more complications from pregnancy.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Thursday, Apr 11, 2002 - 5:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have moved Linda's post to under her other conversations: Equine Reproduction: Breeding and Foaling: Forum: Signs for Impending Partruition.
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