What is a pregnant horse called?

For all the equine enthusiasts and curious minds out there, have you ever been caught in a trivial pursuit match and been thrown the question: "What's a pregnant horse called?" If you found yourself stumped or confidently shouted "A HORSE!" - you're in for a treat. Drumroll please... a pregnant horse is referred to as a mare. But hold your horses! There's so much more to unpack here. Let's delve into the wondrous world of pregnant mares, their care, and everything that makes this topic more exciting than a wild west rodeo!

What is a pregnant horse called? - Image of a pregnant mare

What to expect when your mare is expecting

Ah, the joys of expecting! Just like humans, mares too have their period of blooming (and mood swings, but we'll get to that). The gestation period for mares is roughly 11 months, with the last trimester being especially crucial. Why, you ask? Because that’s when the tiny foal inside goes through a major growth spurt! 🐎

The first 30 days of pregnancy are pretty fascinating. An ultrasound can typically spot evidence of pregnancy about two weeks post-breeding. And if you're thinking, "ultrasound? That sounds human!" - you're not entirely wrong. It’s quite similar to how humans get their first glimpse of their little ones. And just for the fun of it, try imagining a mare's baby shower. Hay bales, carrot cakes, and tiny horseshoes everywhere!

What is a pregnant horse called? - Ultrasound of a foal

The excitement of seeing that little foal's silhouette for the first time can be rivaled only by the anticipation of selecting the perfect jodhpurs from the Jodhpur Collection. And while you're swiping through the collection, your mare's pregnancy continues its course.

While this period is awe-inspiring, it's essential to keep our hooves on the ground and remember the 10 to 15 percent chance of pregnancy loss during the initial month. Various factors like vigorous exercise, stress, illness, or even uterine infections can lead to spontaneous abortions. So, it's of paramount importance to be vigilant and ensure that mama mare is comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly, healthy.

Optimal Care for the Glowing Mare

Now, if you think pregnancy cravings are exclusive to humans, you're in for a surprise! While your mare might not send you on a midnight run for pickles and ice cream, she does have specific nutritional needs, especially during the latter half of her pregnancy.

What is a pregnant horse called? - A well-fed mare

During the first few months, your mare can gallop by with her usual diet. However, as the pregnancy progresses and that little foal inside starts demanding more sustenance, the mama mare's nutritional requirements increase. To put it simply, it's like going from a casual brunch to an all-you-can-eat buffet! To ensure she's getting all she needs, consider adding high-quality horse vitamins and supplements from the Everyday Horse Vitamins & Supplements collection.

Vaccination - A Must or Just a Fuss?

Here's something crucial: just like human moms-to-be, mares need to be vaccinated during pregnancy. And no, this isn't just some equestrian mumbo jumbo to make you spend more! Vaccinating your mare against Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in the 5th, 7th, and 9th month is of the essence to protect the foal from being aborted or born with complications.

What is a pregnant horse called? - Vaccination for horses

While on the topic of health, don't forget to check out the elegant Horse Bridles collection. A comfortable bridle can make a world of difference in keeping your mare calm and relaxed, especially during those mood-swingy days of pregnancy. And trust me, a happy mare means a happy owner!

The Marvel of Foaling

Now, let's chat about the grand finale - foaling! Think of it as the season finale of your favorite show but, spoiler alert, you already know it ends with an adorable foal. Being prepared is key, from having an emergency contact list to ensuring you have colostrum on hand. It's like assembling a birth plan but for horses!

What is a pregnant horse called? - A mare with her foal

If you've ever witnessed a mare foal, you'll know it's a sight to behold. But remember, just like any other birth, it requires patience, understanding, and the right horse riding gloves (because you never know when you might need to assist!).

Riding the Waves (of Pregnancy)

Now, hold your horses, folks! Before we trot into the sunset, let's talk about riding while being pregnant. No, I'm not horsing around here! If you're expecting a two-legged baby of your own, you might be wondering if it's safe to ride your four-legged baby. To answer that, it's best to stirrup a conversation with your doctor.

What is a pregnant horse called? - Riding while pregnant

According to some leading equestrian professionals and OBGYNs, like Dr. Deena Kleinerman, whether you should ride or not depends on a multitude of factors: the moon's phase, the direction of the wind... Just kidding! It's actually about your experience level, your comfort, and of course, your doctor's advice. And, if you get the green light to ride, make sure you're comfortably dressed in the finest from the Jodhpur Collection.

Ready for the Foal Parade!

From the first signs of pregnancy to the magical moment of foaling, the journey of a mare is a beautiful ballet of nature. It's like a mix of excitement, nervousness, and running back and forth to the feed store!

What is a pregnant horse called? - A mare and her newborn foal

To ensure the hoof-tastic health of the foal, don't forget to check out the essentials from the Hoof Care & Boots collection. A sturdy hoof today means galloping greatness tomorrow!


And there we have it, folks! From the glowing days of mare-hood to the delightful trot of a newborn foal, the life of a pregnant horse is a ride filled with ups, downs, and lots of hay. By ensuring the right care, nutrition, and, of course, the right gear from our favorite collections, we can make sure this ride is a smooth one. So saddle up and enjoy the journey, because every moment is worth it!

Note: The images in this article were generated by AI and have been used exclusively for this article's purposes.

Asked By You: Equine Queries Galore!

Because we're not just horsing around here, we've decided to address some of the most frequently neigh... I mean, asked questions about our four-legged friends and their exciting journey to motherhood. Saddle up and let's trot through your burning questions!

What do you call a baby horse?

Let's start with the basics. A baby horse is often referred to as a foal. Whether it's a boy (colt) or a girl (filly), they all start as adorable, wobbly-legged foals. And honestly, is there anything cuter than a foal frolicking in a meadow? We think not!

When is a horse pregnant?

Now, this might sound like a trick question, but it's a valid one! Horses, or more specifically, mares, can be pregnant for about 11 months. That's right, almost a year of trotting around with a baby bump!

What are pregnant mares?

Well, if you've been paying attention (and we know you have because you're a horse-loving genius!), a pregnant mare is simply a female horse that's expecting a foal. So whenever you hear someone talking about their mare being 'in foal', you'll know they're about to welcome a new baby horse into the herd!

What is a pregnant horse called? - Pregnant Mare

What is a breeding female horse called?

Last but certainly not least, a breeding female horse, one that's part of a planned breeding program, is also referred to as a broodmare. She's the queen of the equine world, bringing new life and ensuring the continuation of bloodlines. And, if she's feeling a tad fancy, she might just flaunt a bridle from the Horse Bridles collection.

Note: Keep those questions galloping in, and we'll be here with the answers, always ready to jump over any hurdle of doubt you might have!