I purchased four ponies from a stud in Golden Bay about 10 weeks ago.
Three of the ponies (Dawn, Kanuka and Cornflake) are rising three yrs and Flicka is only a yearling.
I broke Dawn to saddle and sold her to a loving home a week ago, the owners had a vet check done and the vet came up with the very surprising information that Dawn is heavily pregnant and is due in a couple of weeks!!
Now I noticed that lately Dawn and Cornflake were growing very fat, despite my efforts to keep their weight down. As Dawn has been confirmed pregnant, I am thinking that Cornflake is probably pregnant as well.
I feel really bad as I had been restricting her grazing to slim her down as well as starting to lunge her/work her under saddle once a week at a walk and trot for no longer than 20 minutes. Is this likely to have hurt the foal?
How can I confirm that Cornflake is pregnant? How can I find out her due date? Photos below.
Also, I think that I should probably start feeding her a broodmare mix so she gets all the vitamins and minerals that she needs, can anyone suggest anything?
Lastly, I lease land for my horses and I am only around the property for 2-5 hours each day so the chances are that Cornflake will go into labour when I am not on the property. Is she likely to have trouble?