Ok, we bought this mare, 10yo bay mare 14.3hh, name is DJ.. Bought her for my mum because she is very laid back with an awesome nature, and acts more like a deadbroke 30yo than a 10yo tb... But, when we bought her, I noticed some colts on the same property... So I asked the owner if she had ever been in contact with them... The answer I got was "We paddocked them all together during the winter because mares don't cycle in the winter, plus the colts don't know the are colts yet"
-I call BS to the "colts don't know" part, because I know they were all over a year old, one of them was a 3yo, so they most certainly would have known what their boy parts were made for... But, do mares cycle in winter? We had quite a mild winter compared to last year if that makes any difference.
I'm starting to get suspicious that she may be in foal or having a phantom, as she is getting very touchy on her stomach, lifting a hind leg and snaking around to bite if you touch her tummy.. And this is NOT the DJ we know at all. She is also peeing a lot and has taken the expression "eating like a horse" to a whole new level...
If she is pregnant (and yes I do plan to have her tested!!!) then how long before it is too late to give them the shot to drop it? As we did not plan on breeding this mare, or any mare for that matter.
This is DJ now... (bay mare, the other horse is my gelding who is definitely a gelding)
I'm planning on getting her into the clinic for a full blood panel, if she is pregnant we will care for her appropriately, if she is not then maybe we will find out why she is acting so "off" lately.
-She was with previous owner for 6 months, and has been with us for maybe 3?
I will do everything in my power to get this sorted out by a vet quickly, but as I am 17, and still under my parents roof, and DJ is my mums horse, I do not have much say in what goes or doesn't for her. But I promise I will do what I can as soon as I can do it.
These photo's were taken yesterday:
She's very tight just in front of her flank, at the bottom of her belly and touching that spot is a HUGE no no.