Need Opinions! Horse pregnant?
I bought this 18 yr old mare Jan 1st. This is the first horse we have ever owned and are not "experienced"..
With that being said she was in poor shape when we got her, underweight, big belly..which we thought was due to worms.
However, a few weeks ago we had a couple of trainers over to interview about working with her.. to our suprise they both thought this mare was pregnant. Big belly, bagging up, milk veins.
I live in a extremely Rural area and our vet options are limited. I called the local Vet and his response was " just wait and see, you'll find out soon enough". I got ahold of the previous owners and was told that they did have this mare out with a stud last year but they thought she was never going to take as the vet checked her and told them she wasn't pregnant but she was left in the feild with the stud a week after her last vet,pregnancy check.
I found a lady who "supposedly" did equine ultrasounds...She came out and rectaly U/S her for $25 and told me she was not pregnant because she could see that she was building a follicle and getting ready to go into heat. Which I have read that some horses still do when pregnant..?
Well, a week and half later..the horse is in the pasture and I notice she's acting weird. Hanging around by the gate ALL day, acting tired, and "beat down"... and clingy, wanting me to rub her, etc..
She starts acting like she's in pain..panting, biting and kicking at her stomach. This countinues on for about a hour.... Then she goes out in the middle of the feild and lays down for about 5 min. then starts rolling around.. I wasn't sure if it was colic or labor. I called both the vet and the lady her ultrasounded her.. of course the U/S lady said colic, and the vet said if the horse was pooping, peeing, eating and drinking it was not colic...
So I heard about the milk calcium test...I did that and her calcium level was between 300-400 and the Ph was about 7.8
She would be around 305 days..if she is pregnant.
I'm completely confused.....
Any ideas from someone with more experience would be appriciated!!