I'm trying to get the vet out. Everytime they're supposed to come, it snows. I'm so danged frustrated with it. I can't even get the trailer out to try to take her myself. That alone is driving me nuts.
JB44, I don't know the answer to either of the first 2 questions. As for the 3rd, she is making a milk bag. It was bigger this morning than it was last night...but still not as big as the pictures on that website. I wish I could just say that her belly is from the hay. I even asked the BO again this morning when I went out. He said that with the horses that he has had in the past, that it definitely isn't because of the hay. Not to mention I get a very good weed-free orchard grass hay for her. I know the guy personally and know the pains he goes through to keep his hay that way.
Indyhorse, if I could get out to the WalMart, I would definitely buy the stuff to do it. Right now, I'm lucky to actually get to the barn...and it's just 2 miles down the road. I really wasn't all that scared or nervous until the BO called me last night and told me that I needed to come back and get the stall ready...that I needed to get her in the other stall last night. As far as her size, she was very skinny when I bought her in Nov. I thought she was gaining nicely, she just wasn't gaining in her hips. Then, I started seeing her backbone again. She hadn't lost any weight, it just dropped into her stomach. That's when I started making the phone calls and then made the post.
Her previous owner did call me back this morning (at long last). She told me that she didn't know that Rosie was bred when she sold her to me. But then went on to tell me that she didn't know that another of her mares was bred last year until she got up one morning and found the surprise in the field. I'm sorry, but how do you NOT notice that type of changes in one of your horses if you actually take care of them? I really really need to get the vet out ASAP though. Aparrently, Rosie had twins about 4 or 5 years ago. Of course only one of them lived. Luckily, she did tell me that she would send me the information on her two studs that have been DNA'd. That I could have the baby DNA'd and the registry would match the baby to the stud. Can they actually do that? If she does have a baby, I would like to be able to register it. OH, and she offered to come and get Rosie (5-6 hrs each way), and bring me a "comparable horse" if I felt it was too much for me. Wasn't that kind of her?:roll: She's badly mistaken if she thinks I would ever send Rosie back down there to her. If I had the money, I'd go buy a few more of her horses just to get them out of there.
I'm sorry this is so long. I do appreciate everybody's input though. THANKS!!!