Pregnant Mare, Help!
OK this is my new mare Mariah, well actually bought her for my husband, she is 15yrs. old. I brought her over to my house last june to use her as a companion for my horse until I got another. Her owner did not want to breed her to the stallion she had over there. She decided she needed to downgrade and offered to sell me the mare, since my husband roder her all the time and they get on fine, so I bought her in oct. (well making payments). She has lately been getting fat and I put her on a diet, my mare slimmed down nicely but Mariah continues to grow.
I had the vet out yesterday and he confirmed she was pregnant, but my friend refuses to believe since she had to be held the other 2 times she was bred that she wouldn't have stood for her stallion. She had them running together for 2-3 weeks. Anyways the vet said he can't feel the baby so it is small for the time frame, but the stallion is much smaller than the mare, she's 14.2 & he's barely 14 if at all.
I was just wondering what now, her former owner said to cut back food so baby won't get too big, vet said I'm doing great on feed but didn't say if I should up food, forgot a hundred questions. I feed her 3/4 scoop of 2 parts pellet 1 part sweet feed in morn & eve, give her fresh fruit (2 handfulls of baby carrots, grapes and apples cut up, sometimes melons, yes she's spoiled)in afternoon plus 2 slivers hay in morn & eve. Also how will I know when she is ready to go into labor, I've bred dogs and cats, but horses are new, I hadn't planned on breeding either mare.
Also she is grey and stallion is black and she threw 2 greys before, any idea on what she might throw, her mom was bay & sire was grey. Ebony I know is sire was black but not sure if mother was bay or black. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Sorry so long, the 1st pic was taken today, 2nd was a week ago (when I called vet), 3rd is when I bought her and 4th is stallion, Ebony.