So the previous foal was 3 months at the end of October, right? Which would put her last foaling somewhere around the end of last July?
Yes, that is correct. The funny thing about her, is that she looked "in foal" from the day I got her. The guy told me that she never lost the belly no matter how hard he worked her.
So that's why after I got the vet to check her in November and he declared her NOT in foal I didn't think much about it until about the end of March when they got their shots and I had him check her again "just in case."
So the earliest I think she could have been bred back, is after her late July foal was born. So that would make the earliest possible foal due in late June or early July perhaps? But that would mean my vet missed a 3 month old foal when he palpated? Which is possible I suppose, but maybe not likely?
I hope she doesn't have any problems with her belly being stretched out. I think her belly is permanently stretched, but she is definitely getting bigger! You can see photos of her right after I bought her at the end of October in my profile.
Thanks for the help!
Oh, and the udders never really got smaller than they are now, since her last foal. But I have been noticing the veins around her udder getting more prominent. I don't think the muscles in the croup area are dropped, because I haven't noticed that, and I am pretty in-tune with her. I see her every day and ride her on leisurely rides every-other-day.
So if she was bred back after her last foal, let's say around the beginning of August, she could conceivably be due around the beginning of July? Do you think it's likely a vet could miss a 3 month old fetus by palpating? He is an old-timey country vet who has been around a while.
He did guesstimate the baby would be due in August when he palpated the second time, so maybe my numbers are all off. Maybe she is 8 months along. I must have counted back a hundred times by now.
It's so hard to know, because basically the guy I bought her from has a pasture full of mares/foals and keeps a stud in with them. Sigh!