Well, five months into the pregnancy, I have decided from now on every month on the 14th (The date we are using as a guesstimation of when she was bred.) I will do an update.
I know five months is pretty early to start anything, but it will keep me busy for the next 6 months.
I don't expect a dozen replies until closer to the tenth month. Though at least this way everyone will know when we are closing in.
Just to catch a few people up on this long journey of mine---
I bought a rescue horse back in April, the people said she was probably about five months pregnant. She had been running with a stallion for a long time, had two foals nursing off of her, one wasn't hers the other was. Even after being taken from her abusive owner, the bank put the horses on some other person that kept the stallion with her.(And the other ten mares and yearlings.) When I bought her, I had the vet come out to do an ultrasound and she came up open at the time. Five months went past and things didn't seem right with her stomach, she had put on all the weight she needed and extra. The vet came out for a check-up, on her own said, "Either I missed a pregnancy or she is having a false pregnancy." She then did a palpation and said the uterus falls under the pelvic brim and repeated the words. Having a 50/50 answer, I bought a weefoal test for 120-300 days. It came out with a very strong positive, so here we go.
She is due to foal around December through March. Vet had said she was anywhere from 16-30 days pregnant at the first ultrasound and was why she couldn't see it. With the last palpation the vet put her anywhere from 5-8 months pregnant... Um, I have an amazing vet? (Doesn't specialize in Equine.) Anywho, so logic says 4-5 months pregnant.
So, today at "five" months pregnant.---
- Continually picked on by the other mare, even though she is way bigger.
- Just... fat and slow. Always has been.
- About to move her and the other mare to a second pasture in hopes to grow some new grass.
- Going to start renovating the lean-to into a makeshift weather-proof stall.
- Vet should be coming out in September for a Rhino vaccination. (Said better late then early.)
Also, as we get closer to being due I would love for some people to make some guessing on the date, color, and sex of the foal.
A little info on both the parents.
Registered name: Sickum Doc Olena
Color: Chestnut Tobiano
Birth: April of 1998
Registered name: Pee Ridge Loudcloud
Color: Black and White Overo
This foal has a good chance of making it into the world. Not that I plan on selling him/her, but at least if I have to it will be registered and has some good lines going for it.
Also, name suggestions would be awesome. I'm obsessing a tiny bit, I have a word document started for keeping track of her pregnancy and putting down some name possibilities. I would love if I could find a name that merges both sire and dam together.
So, I suppose the next update will be in a month.