We brought a 9 year old coloured cob mare near the end of March this year, and just two weeks ago, we found out that she is actually pregnant, althought we have only had just over three months. We initially thought that she had a grass belly as the horses went out late into their summer paddocks due to the horrible weather. She started being a bit funny about having the bit in her mouth and being caught in the field, assuming it was because of the amount of grass she had and that she was being greedy, we ignored it and carried on. Two weeks ago, my mum went up to the stables to take ebony out for a hack and noticed that she was looking uncomfortable and that the girth wouldnt actually wouldnt do up as normal. One of the ladies up the stables noticed a sharp movement in Ebonys belly and that's when alarm bells started ringing. We got the vet up the next day and he confiremed that she was indeed in foal and that she was approximatly ten and a half months. The person who had her before us had only had her around two months which ment that she was sold a pregant horse without knowing it. Ideally we should of had her vetted, but due to the last horse being a complete disaster, we didnt have the trust in them. When the vet was up, he was sure that Ebony would indeed foal within the following week. As you can probably tell, she has not foaled and we think that it could possibly be another two or three weeks before she does. We as a family have no idea about bringing up a foal and we didnt intend on taking one on, but Ebony is a complete dream and we would never give them up, so we will love the pair of them none the less.
i have attached some pictures that I have taken of her earlier today and wondered if I could get some opinions and advice on how far along she maybe and what I should do when the time comes. Many thanks, Beth x