We bought this mare around 6 months ago. The people had around 15 horses and were pretty much giving them away because they were in financial trouble. She's a 10 year old reg. Appy. They told me that they only had her out with other geldings and mares, but over the past couple months she has bulked up tremendously.. I don't think its just winter fat, none of our other horses have gained this much weight.. and the weight is just in her stomache, not everywhere else.. her saddle bearly fits her anymore, I def. Can't latch the rear cinch. She is acting lazy and kinda standoff-ish.. which is so not like her. I am wondering if she is pregnant.. She is just pastured, no feed, fed off a round bale, and stalled if the weather gets bad. She looks like she is walking around with a barrel in her stomache.. sometimes it is all on one side like the weight has shifted. She looks and acts uncomfterable. I swear I can feel parts when I feel on her stomache, but It could just be my imagination. I think I can feel something moving too, but again, im not sure. When you look at her from behind and in front her sides stick out. She is cocking her tail in the air when she walks.. and sometimes she has a brownish discharge. Her bag is bigger than our other mares, and her teats are swollen as well. We live in kind of a rural area, and the closest vet will charge $245.00 to come check her, and right now right before christmas, I can not afford it.
If she is pregnant, I have NO idea when she would be due.. I have NO experience w/ pregnant mares, or delievery of foals.. I've been researching some pictures and infomation and all the pictures and signs im reading fit her to a T. I've been reading about the waxing and she isn't getting that yet..
I'll post a couple pictures from 3 weeks ago, and since then she looks bigger.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.. I hope that after the holidays I can get her checked.. but that's just not in my budget right now.