So I bought this horse last June and she is my absolute darling. Now the friend that I went with to look at her recalls the previous owner saying she was in with a stud. I don't remember that, I thought she said the big paint was a gelding.
Anywho, at this moment in time I am borderline freaking out. Here are my freak out reasons:
1. My dear horse and I were supposed to start long-distance riding this summer and that is not going to happen with a baby bouncing along
2. I can't afford a baby! I'm a full time college student who works a lot so I can pay for my wonderful girl already, adding a baby to the equation is not in my budget- especially if baby comes out having awful confo which will make said baby almost impossible to sell which is my only option
In the past week her tummy has dropped down and back, and her bag is starting to fill. I am confused because she also gets hay belly, so I ride her frequently (3-4times/week) to make sure everything is moving around ok in her insides. Now what confuses me is that after I ride her tummy is always a bit smaller, but it's still low and back far, and also after I ride her bag has shrunk. Is this normal? Am I freaking out over nothing?
I have never had a mare in foal before. I have brought babies up from weanling to 4 year olds, but never a pregnant mama. She has been more nuzzly then usual in the past month-ish, but I thought that that was just because I was spending more time with her. I really have no idea what I am doing when it comes to pregnant mares and just need some reassurance or some more opinions.
So here are some photos of her so you can help me judge. There are a lot of experienced breeders where I board, so after they look at her depending on the verdict I am going to call a vet to see how far along she may be. Thank you
These were all taken today at about 10:30 a.m.