my mare is showing signs she is in foal,but vet check negative
I have only owned this mare for 5 months now. When I got her she was very under nourished. She has had a belly way to large for her size and shape for a couple of months now, so I became suspisious that she may be in foal, as this is foaling season.
She is a very petite egytian arabian that has had a foal before. If she is in foal I think she is around 10 months in. I had a vet come out who looked at her fisical signs and was puzzled, so he preformed a rectal palptation. He then told me no she was not in foal as he had her uterus in his had during the rectal palpt??
One week later her belly shape changed she began nipping at her sides and nickering while doing so. Her vulva is long loose and slightly open. She is not showing any signs of bagging up, but has changed in mood been stomping her back legs holding her tail up and doing small secretions of a milky fluid, wringing her tail.
I have been stabling her in a birthing stall over night to be safe. I found her laying flat out the other morning breathing very heavy and grunting, then shortly after she stopped got up and started to eat.
Many people that see her behaviors are asking me if she is close to foaling, please tell me if you think she is