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    10-12-2010, 09:50 AM
Green Broke
I think the time is drawing near...

So I purchased a pretty little standardbred mare back in March. She was bred to a stunning clydesdale stallion. Due in November.

She hasn't appeared to be getting very big over the course of her pregnancy. This was her a couple of weeks ago.

Now, since she was running with the stallion for several months, I began to wonder whether she was possibly bred later than we though and therefore was due later than we thought.

However, I think we might have some udder filling going on now. Just wondering whether some of you that are more experienced at this than I am, are seeing it too?

4 weeks ago


So? Thoughts?
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    10-12-2010, 11:23 AM
Her udder does appear to be developing, although I'm no expert. Has she foaled before? It looks like you may indeed be looing at a November foal.

My mare started bagging up about a month before she foaled, but her udder never did really get very big. Her filly, Rain, wasn't very big when she was born, either - she could run underneath Dancer without touching. Now, at three months old, she is only about three hands shorter than Dancer and is a CHUNK!!! Dancer doesn't look any different now than she did before Rain was born - big ol' belly, but her ribs show!
    10-12-2010, 11:27 AM
Green Broke
She has foaled at least 3 times prior to coming to me. Which is why I wasn't surprised to see the swollen teats 4 weeks ago, from what I have read, a lot of mares that have foaled have permanently enlarged teats.

But, now the shape of the teats seems to have changed & there appears to be some filling towards the back of her udder too.

I hope we are looking at a November foal still, especially seeing as she is getting fed like a mare in her last couple of months!

ETA: The girl who bred her mentioned that her stallion is a "low birth weight" producer, so am thinking maybe she is just going to have a little baby and that is why she hasn't gotten as big as we expected?
    10-12-2010, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
Oh and just for comparison. This was Romance when we brought her home 5 months ago.

    10-12-2010, 12:52 PM
Yup. Bet she does just like Dancer did, and has a little foal that hits the ground running!
    10-12-2010, 07:13 PM
I agree. Can't wait to see her foal!
    10-17-2010, 08:34 AM
Green Broke
Well, I have my answer.

I was recently contacted by a member on another forum who knew of the stallion and "stud" I purchased my beautiful girl from. She informed me that she knew 2 other people who had purchased "in foal" mares from the "stud" with a verbal LFG. Neither turned out to be in foal and when the stallion owner was contacted regarding getting the mare re-served, she didn't pick up the phone or return any emails. Unfortunately neither I, nor them got the mares vet checked or got any contracts from this girl. Yes, foolish, believe me I am kicking myself now.

Obviously, my heart sank when I received those PMs. In a last ditch effort, I turned her out with the geldings for 10 minutes just to see what she would do. Within 5 minutes she was squirting at them and carrying on like a tramp. Ever since, she's been pacing the fence of her yard, tail in the air, squealing for her boys. Guess that solves that one huh.

I will contact her regarding re-serving, etc etc, however having been told what I've been told, I'm not holding any hope of getting a response.
    10-17-2010, 08:44 AM
Green Broke
That sucks :(
    10-17-2010, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
Some mares DO show heat even in pregnancy, but I would be inclined to agree with your assessment.
    10-17-2010, 09:15 AM
Green Broke
Yeah, if it was just the heat, I'd still be hopeful.

But with everything else all added together, I think it's pretty safe to say I've been conned.

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