I'm a first time pregnant mare owner, I think. I was told she was confirmed in foal for the end of April, but here we are, close to the end and she has swollen nipples but not really an udder, she seems big but I've heard of hay bellies giving the prego look. She is round, seems to be slowly dropping I think but I think she should have more of an udder and be larger, although I understand not all mares are the same. I'm thinking I should call my vet, probably shoulda done it when I got her last week but she's been so scared and skittish. She came from a Mennonite family (nothing against them) I just don't think they paid a lot of attention to her. Just by looking at her do you think more hay belly or pregnancy? I watch her a lot and I swear I see kicking and sometimes she will be resting on 3 legs and she jumps or shudders and just stays resting. Sometimes it looks like a rolling action, others it's more like kicking, which is when she shifts, sighs or jumps.
Note: I've only had her a week, although there is a large round bale in the picture, she doesn't get it all the time and was mainly to get her where it was dry due to constant rain past week. I asked the old owner how much she got of hay but I forgot what she said haha, I don't think it was a lot though.
I went through the same thing last month and this month, the best advice I can give you is if you can have a blood test done. It confirmed my mare not in foal when a vet confirmed her in foal on March 10th. Its the only way you can know for sure. Good luck she is a real cutie.
She looks pregnant to me. But some mares can be like that even when they are not in foal, especially older mares. I'd recommend a vet, that way you will know for sure and can have things ready for baby.
Shouldn't she have an udder by now though? I mean if she's due the end of April we have only another week and her nipples are swollen but no udder. I will try to get more pictures tonight but it's hard because it's usually a struggle to catch her and get near her because she just trots away. But she is getting use to coming in the barn at night so when I open the stall door she runs in and I can usually get close to her then. She definitely looks larger on her left side than right side but then her right side is big too. I've seen pregnant minis before and this close to delivery I was expecting her to be huge, most minis I've seen look like they won't fit through a door way by now.
I want my vet to come out and I will once I get paid on the 22nd, I might have the money now, just waiting to balance the ole check book. She is only 4 from what the old owner told me but then she told me she had 3 foals already, she that would mean she was two when she had her first foal, don't know how realistic that is... I'm fairly new to this so I'm learning little by little. I've wrapped her tail, do night checks and keep her off the grass for the most part, which I do anyway because my other mini has foundered about 2yrs ago so I learned my lesson there.
But the other thing is the old owner mentioned the stallion being removed in the end of March, so that would make her due in February right? But I know she said April is when she's due several times... so maybe I'm mistaken but I think a phone call to her is about due at this point. I'm just confused I thought she should have more of an udder by now. I've had goats and sheep for years and when they bagged up it was almost certain 4wks away and I always saw the births because I knew the timing. Are they not similar? What are the signs of impending delivery in mares?
I'm new to this whole foaling thing, but the vet gave our mare a "due date" of March 1, and here we are still waiting 7 weeks later. What he didn't tell us is that mares can foal anywhere between 320 and 375 days, sometimes even longer. So don't count on that end of the month deadline. :)
When we bought our mare the guy had a shetland pony in this little round pen. He asked us if we wanted her so we went to look at her. I felt so bad for her because she was in this little pen all by herself. I looked at her and asked the guy if she was pregnant he said he was starting to think so. He said one of his belgian drafts got her awhile back and did a number on her and perforated her uterus. He had a vet out and had her checked and fixed, but I told my husband we can't leave her there. We decided to take her as well. We brought her home and she was starting to get bigger and was looking like she was bagging up you could even get fluid out of her utters. I called a vet and told him what was going on with her and he said he wouldnt even worry about having her checked that he was positive that she was not bred. He said alot of mares will bag up and not be pregnant due to to much hormones. Well long story short she is doing wonderful and was not pregnant.
Well my problem is she DOES look pregnant but ISN'T bagging up! It's very frustrating because she has the belly for a pregnancy but doesn't seem to have an udder at all yet. But you think she will simply just carry longer? Oh god what have I gotten myself into!? I hate being patient!!
But if she goes longer, when should we see udder development? What's the time line for impending birth?