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Is My Mini Pregnant?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Horses, Mules' started by rescueblonde, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Jul 27, 2016
    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Loving the herd life

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    http://www.miniaturehorsetalk.com/

    Many, many, many years ago some old breeders (before registries, etc) used dwarves in breeding, thinking it would just give small horses. Sadly, many more issues were there and many carried the genetics. There are distinct types and until a few years ago there was no testing to detect the genes. Years of research, with samples from thousand of minis, dedicated workers and they now have testing available. While the genetics can be passed by one to another, it takes both parents carrying the genetics to produce a dwarf. The link above have a good deal of discussion and research info as we, as a group, were active in assisting to promote this work. The lead research was from one of the largest and best known mini farms in the country.

    You may find some helpful info, if you haven't already found this site. Scroll down and click on "dwarfism in miniatures" to left of page. Can be read with no log-in, etc.
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2016
    Bunnylady

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    @Mini Horses - thank you so much for posting that link.
    It's been several years since I did any reading on the subject of dwarfism in minis, and as I am not a breeder, I hadn't felt a need to keep myself current. It is wonderful to see that there is now a test for one type of dwarfism - I have no doubt that it will help in the reduction of the number of births of that type, at least. However, the "hot dog" type of dwarf - one with a longish back, and very short legs - is apparently caused by a defective gene in another location, and there apparently is no test for that yet. More work to be done, I guess.
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2016
    rescueblonde

    rescueblonde Ridin' The Range

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    The vet doesn't think my mini is in bad shape at all but he's staying very involved with the foal to make sure everything is okay. I had no idea she was pregnant when I got her. As I said, she came from some horrendous conditions on a 1-2 acre piece of land with 150-200 other minis. I'm assuming she was an "oops" pregnancy on the lot and so is her foal.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2016
    Bunnylady

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    Whether it was a hoarder situation or a "rescue," your girl is well out of it. You are obviously trying your best to do right by her; this is a tough situation, hoping for a good outcome.
     
  5. Nov 24, 2016
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    Did she ever have her baby?
     
  6. Dec 5, 2016
    Genipher

    Genipher Loving the herd life

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    Is there a foal? I wanna see pictures!