I was recently given a miniature mare who I have now discovered is in foal by her own adult colt. I was promised she had been checked and was not in foal when I took her - Turns out, she was not checked by an actual veterinarian.
Trying to get a crash course in terms of what I'm in for, what could possibly happen (go right? Go wrong?). Things I need to look for? Exactly how bad is it to have a mare bred back to her own colt? I've been doing some research but everything I've found is very clinical and theoretical, I'm more looking for a practical application.
The mare is a paint, 19 years old, was underweight for most of the pregnancy and basically comes from a "rescue" type situation. I have owned her for less than 3 weeks. She has bagged up and her milk is coming in.
Please stick to educational/informative/personal experience replies. I really don't want a lecture about how this foal should never have been conceived. I am fully aware this foal should never have been conceived - but it is too late to change things and so I am planning on giving this foal the best chance possible. I'm really just trying to educate myself as much as possible at this point.
Thanks in advance, everyone.