I have posted once regarding my 20 year old arabian mare, she is wonderful. They said she wasn't pregnant, but the vet says she is, (no ultrasound)
I will have many questions and will provide all of the information that I have. I rescued a 20 year old Quarter Arab mare 3.5 months ago. She was left out to pasture, and appeared to have a hay belly or possibly worms. I specifically asked if she was pregnant as I have horse experience, but DEFINITELY not breeding experience, and was told no she is just out of shape, and has a hay belly. I was told she was not pregnant, and that she had never been bred.
I have been riding her and caring for her for the last three months and the belly never went down. NOW she is huge, clear liquid is coming out of her teats, and starting to turn cloudy, and she is very soft in the tail, and we have been seeing the baby move... (Obviously she is pregnant) My first question is her vulva seemed to be relaxing and we assumed the baby was coming... but now not so relaxed? Is that normal? Should I be worried?
Also yellow cloudy liquid can be very freely expressed from one side (left) and only a little from the right side. On Friday 07/17/2009 I found yellow tinged goo ( not sure how else to describe it) on her vulva, in her vulva, and very slightly dripping down her legs. Vet said not an infection (Thank G) probably her mucus plug... wouldn't that mean the baby should come by now???... Anyone able to assist me??
I would like to have some kind of time frame when the baby will be born... the mare is eating normally, drinking normally, and had very slight bouts of loose stool at times, biting at her sides, carrying her tail off to the side constantly, stomping, no rolling, nothing violent, just kicking ...
I LOVE this mare, we have bonded very tightly. In fact when I got off her a month ago (didn't know she was pregnant) to walk by some water. (She doesn't like water) I twisted my ankle. My daughter came to get her so that I could limp home and she refused pulling against the bridal to stay with me and walk along side me... I do not want anything to happen to this mare. And I do not have any horse breeding experience....
No baby. "Milk" has stopped, stomach has dropped, but she is not "preggie big" I am posting a picture of her as well. Big veins running under her belly, and at times she is quite sunken in front of her hips, then the next day not sunken, and then sunken again... she is a decent weight over her ribs and back. Again I have only had her for a three months. The muscles around her tail feel like jello. VERY squishy. She walks very slow except when its hay time :) Alfalfa hay, and I have been feeding her Mare and Foal feed. She definitely has mood swings. Running up to me in the pasture to be petted and hugged (she likes hugs) and then looks at me and starts to flatten her ears and walks (slowly) away about 20 feet. Stops and then turns and walks back up to me does that off an on for about 10 minutes as I am checking the other horses, then comes up to get her brushing and "love". I will definitely post pictures of baby (if or when it comes). Any advice is much appreciated. Vet said to leave her be unless she is in pain (rolling and such) since we don't really know when she was bred (or if). Everyone says she looks pregnant, but maybe not due for another 2 months.
Any advice is much appreciated.
Again I want what is best for her. I truly love this mare.
Obviously I need a new vet, but live in rural area where there is not much of a choice...