I bought Rosie towards the end of November. The lady I bought her from SAID she was feeding her 1 gallon of grain in the morning and 1 gallon at night, along with hay. Not to mention she had a yearling filly from Rosie in the paddock area.
My dilemma is that I'm feeding her the same amount with a comparable feed. She had her feed mixed at a co-op and I don't have one close enough to me to do that. I'm feeding her the Purina Molene 200. It doesn't have quite as much molasses in it and the corn is ground instead of whole kernal (like was in hers). I noticed a couple of weeks ago how much better she was looking since I've had her up here. But today, I noticed that her sides are starting to protrude a little...just in the stomach area. She's not putting any weight on in her hips. I mess with her every day too. Today, when I was brushing her and looking at her, I ran the brush under her stomach (as usual), she actually turned and looked at me. Not in a bad way, but normally she stands statue still when being groomed in the stall.
I emailed the lady this evening to ask her. I know for a fact that she has 3 or 4 stallions there. I also called her trainer. Neither have called me back yet. I've never personally owned a mare before...until now. And with her temperament, I had considered breeding her, but wanted to wait a couple of years just to be sure it actually was something I wanted to do. When does a mare start showing if she has been bred? Is there any way the vet can check her without going through the ultrasound? I hope I'm just being paranoid.