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    04-28-2012, 01:31 AM
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Yearling
Sky's Pregnant and Close, I had no idea.

Where do I even start?
I bought Sky last September from a guy who had just moved to Arizona and who planned on moving back out of state a couple weeks later. Her sale ad picture looked amazing, she was so lean and healthy looking. After a few months of owning her I noticed she was looking pretty chunky, but I chocked it up to her eating alfalfa when she had only ever been on grass. Turned out she was photosensative, so back to grass she went and she trimmed right down. It didn't take long for her to start getting that potbellied look and that's when I started to get worried.

I was aware that she had not come into heat a few months after I bought her but it was also the middle of winter so I wasn't too worried. The lady who lives next door, who is a very experienced horse breeder, also had a look at her and said she didn't think there was anything to worry about, so I didn't. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, Sky is losing weight but still carries a potbelly. My thought was worms, so I get a FEC and worm her. At this point it occures to me that she STILL has not gone into heat, that I've noticed, and think maybe she just hides it well, after all she is a very laid back girl.

On Tuesday I put my hand on her belly as the thought crosses my mind, and actually thought I felt something. I call over my sister in law to feel, but she doesn't feel anything so I shrug it off. Today, with still no change in her appearance, I feel her stomach again, lower this time. There was no mistaking what I felt so I call my sister in law over to feel again, not only could she feel it but it was obvious just by watching her stomach.

The lady next door came over again and confirmed it. She said by the way her butt looks, all sunken in and jelly like, it's typically 2 or 3 weeks until foaling.

So here are the pictures from today. Hopefully someone can shed some light on whether or not she's close.
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    04-28-2012, 01:37 AM
  #2
Yearling
OMG! What a story! I'm not qualified in any respect to comment but I would NEVER guess looking at her that she was almost ready to drop a baby!!!
     
    04-28-2012, 02:01 AM
  #3
Started
You may want to get a vet to palpate or ultrasound her. Many mares can have false pregnancies, look pregnant, act pregnant, produce milk, have "foal" movement in the sides (usually gut movement), even have false labor. No matter how experienced your neighbor is, mares can and will be tricky. You need a vet to confirm it. The vet can also give a more accurate judgement based on the foal's size.
     
    04-28-2012, 04:06 AM
  #4
Showing
Wow...! I'm hoping for the best if there is indeed a foal in that womb that the foal comes out nice and health and your horse is great too!
     
    04-28-2012, 11:25 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
OMG! What a story! I'm not qualified in any respect to comment but I would NEVER guess looking at her that she was almost ready to drop a baby!!!
You have no idea how bad I feel that I have not taken care of her the way she should have been this whole time. I'm guessing that is contributing to her small size. She is getting what she needs now though.

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Originally Posted by SunnyDraco    
You may want to get a vet to palpate or ultrasound her. Many mares can have false pregnancies, look pregnant, act pregnant, produce milk, have "foal" movement in the sides (usually gut movement), even have false labor. No matter how experienced your neighbor is, mares can and will be tricky. You need a vet to confirm it. The vet can also give a more accurate judgement based on the foal's size.
I totally get what you're saying, but the movement was way to big to just be gut movement. I have spoken to a vet on the phone to work out some things I can do for her nutritionaly, but I think I am going to wait a couple weeks to have him come out. If she is as close as our neighbor thinks, it should be any day. We did just have another foal born a few weeks ago, so everyone here is fully prepared and knows what to expect. I will probably get flamed for not wanting the vet out, and if there is something obviously wrong, I wont hesitate, but we are just "not unless it's an emergency" kind of people.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:54 AM
  #6
Weanling
Well, congrats to the I didn't know band wagon...there seems to be a lot of it going around. I had a neighbors stallion jumping the fences for months I didn't know about and covered 4 of my mares. 1 we had to abort, 1 lost her's 2 weeks ago and 2 are still in foal..according to vet. Both over 320 days. As for not looking very pregnant in the belly. I have one mare who carries high and one who is carrying low. I post pics here you can see the difference.
Dutches always carries more low than side to side

Divinity carries high and more side to side until right up to foaling then she'll drop....which looks like your mare is doing the same
     
    04-28-2012, 12:12 PM
  #7
Started
Whisper22- First...your mare's coloring is so pretty :) Second...could you call the guy you bought her from and see if she was around ANY studs before you bought her. Maybe you could at least find out what daddy is. I hope everything goes well!

LadyTaurean515- both of your mares need their hooves trimmed desperately.
     
    04-28-2012, 12:14 PM
  #8
Foal
I'm not the best person to give advice on when she's due since I have one due to foal soon and its driving me nuts as to when, but given the size of her udder, you probably have at least a few weeks yet. I've watched my mare go from the size of your mares to double that in a few weeks time. People on here have been very helpful.
     
    04-28-2012, 12:50 PM
  #9
Weanling
Divinity just had her's done 2 weeks ago and will get her's done again soon after the foal. Dutches will be done after the foal. She stresses so bad when trimming we don't want to push her right now since one foal has already been lost and vet. Says they are ok til we get the foal on the ground.
     
    04-28-2012, 02:26 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Whisper22    
You have no idea how bad I feel that I have not taken care of her the way she should have been this whole time. I'm guessing that is contributing to her small size. She is getting what she needs now though.

My mare started showing her baby-bump late too.

But, if you look at your mares udder, it could be quite a while before she have her baby, but she could just as well fill up her udder quick.

My mare is now on 300 days and has a month left for her "due date" and this is how her udder looks like.
     

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