How big was your mare?

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    11-19-2012, 04:37 PM
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How big was your mare?

I would love to see pictures of your mare, at specific stages of pregnancy, what they were bred to, how far along, and how many foals they've had before.

I thought a thread like this might be good to have for educational purposes. My barn owner had two mares for example(sadly I don't have pictures). Both 13 years old, OTTB(broodmares previously), bred to a thoroughbred. The one mare was clearly showing by 8 months. The other one never showed at all until about three weeks before foaling.
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    11-20-2012, 09:52 PM
Sorry, I don't have any pictures to show on this topic... yet. But it's funny how every horse is so different and some show right away, and others you wonder if the vet was right when he said your mare was in foal. Our very first mare that my parents bought when we were kids was bred to a very nice stallion prior to us taking her. The mare appeared to go into heat, not once, but twice, after being bred, and as it was getting late in the breeding season, we were not able to breed again until the next year. So we thought, oh well, she didn't catch. Throughout winter and early spring, she looked like she had put on a few winter pounds, but nothing significant. And then one day, her belly dropped and her udder started showing. We called our vet, who had seen her a few months prior for an unrelated injury, and he couldn't believe the difference in her size. Sure enough, she was about 3 weeks to term.
    11-20-2012, 10:30 PM

10 months

Had 2 that I know of but definitely more before I got her.

7 months

6 months
    11-20-2012, 10:38 PM
Had more ^^^ but on other phone.
    11-21-2012, 12:38 PM
Same mare after she had him;

What she was bred to;


    11-21-2012, 02:15 PM
Hmm, Belgian mare, 7 years old at the time, in foal to a QH stud. I have no idea if she'd ever had a foal before or not. Alas, these are really the only good pictures I have. She stayed pretty much this big from the very first day we got her when she was only about a month and a half from foaling.

At this point, she was about 2 weeks from foaling.

And this is what she looks like when she's moderately fit

And, just for grins and giggles, this was the resulting foal...all grown up.
    11-21-2012, 03:29 PM
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Beauty is 14.3 hands. Riley was her fifth baby.
Riley is around 16 hands.

I'll have to look for her fat girl pix but she never really looked that huge.
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    11-24-2012, 12:12 AM
Merlot pre pregnancy, 7months along, 9 months along, 10 months along, 11 months - 11days before she foaled, 4 days before she foaled - showing very pointy belly, and finally the morning she foaled (sorry these may not be in order but it's fairly easy to work out which is which
Merlot had had one foal before but it died within 24 hours (this before I got her) Oh and include a pic of our little darling Zephyr Moo just born! (aka Lord LubbaDuck) in case you haven't seen his thread!
She is a NZ Quarter horse mare - 12 years old.
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