We are on day 331 with Sweetie, and sooo anxious. Not sure if my imagination is getting the best of me, (I do have the tendency to overthink things) but "false pregnancy" has crossed my mind, and I want to hear your thoughts from your experience. Here's the deal:
Sweetie is our 12 year old APHA mare.
She has lots of great talents and she is everything my husband has looked for in a horse. He did his research and got the opportunity to breed her to a stud that he really and truly wanted to breed her to. The stud is local, and she was successfully covered at least twice. After that, we have not seen her come into season - not a sign, not a glimmer. She mellowed out considerably when riding her. She gained weight, but has never gotten to the point that anyone would think she was pregnant....just fat...especially for Sweetie, she is usually lean and muscular. We just treated her "as if." Did everything as if she was pregnant. We did not have her tested early on...we assumed that since she was not cycling, she was pregnant.
On day 320, I was checking her out, and noticed her teats were changing. There was no waxing, but I was able to express milk easily from them. The vet came out and palpated her, and said her uterus is "huge." I didn't ask for an ultrasound...I didn't realize it was something they could do right then and there with no real preparation. I know it now, but the vet didn't bother to explain that.
It's Day 331. Sweetie's teats remain swollen, but no real "bagging." Her vulva looks normal, no real sign of relaxing yet.
Question that goes out to all of y'all.....based on the fact that we are on day 331 and nothing is happening.....and the fact that she only looks "fat" but not like a typical preggo mare......is there a chance this is a false pregnancy? Does the uterus enlarge, and can they produce milk during false pregnancy? I know, I know......call the vet! I will. I just really like having the input of people with experience.