18 Jun 04 9:36 PM
Reply To: 27305
Ohh! Oooh! Horse question! *descends into discussion like a nuzgul on a victim...
As long as she is otherwise healthy, she should be fine, depending on what you mean by 'several hundred' miles.
I agree here. Mares who are healty are very good at keeping their foals and having normal births, once pregnant. The only thing I could see, on an outside chance, would be dystocia. (Dystocia being the term for abnormal presentations during foaling, ie: breech)
We had a mare two years ago that we pulled out of the pasture and hauled to a 4-h show, among other things, she won first in her division in barrels and poles, and she was within a month of being due.
My trainer when I was a teenager used to ride and compete with his pregnant mares well into their 9th and 10th months. He thought the excercise was good for them, (which is probably true). These were reining horses, no less (Reining simplifed is a brief pattern followed by a run flat out down the arena, and slide on the hind legs to a stop. Do a fast 180 or 540 degree turn and duplicate the process. Great fun to watch and to do)It was kind of comical to see these horses with huge bellies running flat out down the arena (okay, lumbering down the arena is probably more accurate. LOL) But they did well and were competitive.
Anyway, I digress. It's common with me and horses.
I don't see where this mare would have any problems for the most part. If you WANTED to create a problem, (not sure where your story is going here) then you could create some sort of dystocia, but those can be fatal, depending on the particular abnormality. (if you're interested we can talk about it, otherwise I'll refrain from the boring.
Hope some of that was helpful! Sulriel beat me to the punch but I had to chime in my .02 anyway.