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    12-12-2011, 09:50 PM
Originally Posted by Ladybug2001    
Welcome to the HorseForum for starters. With experience, you just cursed yourself to a long 4 months. I started my thread at 5 months and its been a forever long 3 months.

Looks like your going to have a pretty baby. Know what you want to do with it yet? Any specific training?

Haha, ya your right I probably have! The only thing longer than the first seven months will be the last 4!
Depending on what I get will decide how I train. I bred spice and spirit because they kind of balance each other out. Spice is very short in the back and stalky while spirit is tall and lanky. Most likely I will train western pleasure. But its up in the air! If I get some height I may see some English in my future!
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    12-13-2011, 09:57 PM
These pics are from her 6 months mark approx 180 days ( she is currently 7 months and 3 days)101_3587.jpg
Look at that BIG BELLY 101_3596.jpg
These are shots from behind and in front showing how wide she is :) 101_3610.jpg 101_3613.jpg 101_3614.jpg
Just happened to catch Spices first baby in this pic. ( Spice was bred to a Halflinger to get that barrel of a mare :) )101_3613.jpg

So.... a penny for your thoughts?!
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    12-13-2011, 10:16 PM
Oops sorry for the odd layout of those pictures! Still trying to figure out this forum :) I was just wondering if you think Spices size is average. I have been looking at a ton of pictures and from personal experiance she just seems big for only 7 months. ( Oh, and her first baby is the Grulla not the Chestnut)
    12-14-2011, 02:42 AM
She is huge, but I know every mare is different. Just like in humans. Id she she is about as big as my mare was at 6 months. Though Spice looks like a bigger broader mare to start with. Have you changed her feed since she has been pregnant? It might be the extra nutrients and lack of excersize if you stopped riding her.
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    12-14-2011, 08:06 AM
I haven't changed her feed yet I'm debating on if I am going to start her on a supplement, because she is on a very well balanced high oil feed. It doesn't have any molasses and it usually helps prevent hay belly's! She is such a stocky thick mare I'm afraid if I put her on a supplement she will gain too much weight. I've read many articles online that say many people just put their mares on suppliment for the last 3-months when the foal develops the most. I rode her heavily all through the summer up to about 5 months. That's when she started to show major discomfort when I clinched the saddle. I slowed the riding down only walking and did it less often I didn't want to stop working with her all at once so we have been doing a lot of lungeing.
    12-14-2011, 09:14 AM
Id just say she is one of those mares that carry heavily. She's had a foal before? Was that under your care?
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    12-14-2011, 10:11 AM
That makes me feel much better! And yes and no for her being under my care. My friend owned her at the time. She bred one of her sorrel ponies to a reg. Halflinger stud to find out her mare couldn't conceive. The stud owner said that since she already paid for the stud fee he would give her a free breeding so she bred Spice. After Lilly was born I started riding Spice for her, which turned into using her as my show horse, which turned into her just staying at my house which turned into Spice being that once in a life time horse for me!!! :)
    12-14-2011, 01:51 PM
Did you ever see her when she was pregnant before? If you did was she big like this?
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    12-14-2011, 02:26 PM
I'm sorry, but in the recent pictures I am not seeing just a heavily pregnant mare, I am seeing a severely overweight mare (and the grulla is as well). She isn't just stocky. She isn't near looking like she currently does (pregnancy notwithstanding) in the pictures in the beginning of the thread... I would be seriously looking into the amounts that she is eating and change her diet. It is not healthy for an overweight mare to foal. It can cause some serious complications.
    12-14-2011, 03:08 PM
Agreed Nd, I'd be very concerned about her weight if I were the owner, she has absolutely piled it on (unrelated to the pregnancy).

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