Don't apologise, and definitely keep posting updates of Izzy, I'm about as excited for her to foal as I was for my own mare!!
When I went to try Izzy out back at the end of October, she had a foal at her side and I thought it looked rather young, so I asked him how old it was, and he said 3 months. But I don't know if that is accurate or not.... it was just off the top of his head. Wouldn't it be great if she were due sooner?!
But originally I didn't think she was due until August or September, so I've really moved the date up already. So I don't know if she is really that much farther along, or I'm just getting really excited! But baby sure moves a lot. If I watch her for any length of time, I will usually see it move.
A week or two ago, she seemed to have a little fluid on the tip of the larger teat. And I could squeeze some out. Right now it doesn't seem to be coming out on it's own, but I'm sure I could express some if I wanted to. It was/ is an off-white but opaque color.
One of the books I have has you checking the milk to see if it changes color, but then other folks have told me not to express any milk because it might encourage her to leak colostrum when it's time for that. She tends to have a leaky teat anyway, so I guess I'm a little afraid I will encourage it to leak later on, which wouldn't be a good thing. I have been joking about super-gluing it if it springs a leak early.
I have still been riding her every 2-3 days and she was lethargic there for a few rides, but then the last time I rode her she had a really nice spring in her step. So I guess I'll just play it by ear. If I think she is starting to waddle or have trouble, I will quit riding her. But as long as she seems okay, I think the exercise is probably good for her. At least that's what my horsie friends say.
Speaking of which, I have friend who bought a mare at the same place who is also in foal, and she thinks her mare is due in July, but her horse doesn't look nearly as big as mine! But her horse is also a lot younger, around 8, and Izzy is 16 and has had 9 foals that I know of, 10 including this one, so I'm sure that's why she has so much more sag to everything, lol.