A little history:
The mare was a rescue from a man that had too many horses. She was in ok condition when we got her with a weanling at her side. The baby was old enough to be separated from mama and so our mare (12hh paint pony) went to our 4h advisor's house for 2 weeks to be sure she was a good pony for us. That was mid to late October. To our knowledge, she was exposed to a stud in the pasture with many other horses. She was pretty much a broodmare. She is around 14 yrs old.
The vet came to our house in early August for our other horse and checked out the pony. She felt she was too small to palpate, but listened to her belly and checked her bag. She heard a lot of fluid in her belly and assumed it could be amniotic and said her bag seemed to be filling up. She felt she was probably pregnant.
So, 6 weeks go by and we paid to have the vet out again yesterday, to really confirm or deny the pregnancy. I was so excited to just know, because gesh, if she is pregnant, shouldn't we have a baby by now? Anyways, the vet we had this time is very sweet, but very much just out of school. She felt her mammary development looked as if she were pregnant. She got the u/s out and saw a ton of fluid, but failed to see a definite baby. The vet was a rookie and spent 3/4 not getting good contact and a clear picture. The vet did take blood work to be sent away, so we should know definitively in a few days, but what do I make of that. She thought the mammeries and the fluid suggested baby, but she could make one for sure out on the u/s (which by the way was not a rectal u/s, just on the belly). Could this be a false pregnancy? What are the signs of that?