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post #181 of 1194 Old 03-18-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the pictures. A few just because she was pretty in the 4th one you can see the back of her leg is even squishy looking. Sunk in some. Her withers are high too from the weight of the baby I guess, I just noticed that tonight.

This is 2nd cut timothy hay, I believe I will have to double check with my hubby about whats in it. But, I am going to get a winter foal blanket tomorrow that I ordered so I will pick up so senior food. We have mare and foal that I have been mixing. I will do that solid and cut out the corn. My father in law sometimes give both mares an extra bit of hay or feed when he leaves for work about mid-day but I don't count that as it amounts to almost nothing I don't think.
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post #182 of 1194 Old 03-18-2013, 08:01 PM
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She doesnt look bad. Her hindquarters look like they are loose and ready for baby. Also depending on the amount of work she had BEFORE becoming pregnant and up until now plays a role in how "fit" they would be at this stage muscle wise.

Im not seeing ribs. If she werent pregnant, I wouldnt like the look of her hindquarters but since she's so far along, this can be expected in some mares. Unfortunately at this stage, the babies can really bring mom down nutrition wise because of the rapid growth.

No need to worry, you are a very caring owner and will have her fat enough for your standards in no time.
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post #183 of 1194 Old 03-18-2013, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Her ribs wasn't showing this evening, I think I flipped out! Her back end has been nice and round! She was very husky! Thank you for putting my mind at ease! I was so worried that she was loosing her fat and muscle. I feel better knowing this is normal. The mares we use to care for was my husbands so I didnt put as much effort in them. I have a bond with this one that I have been looking for so I am a worry-some mess! LOL! Thanks again!
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It is okay you should see me with Mara, I always panic as I have always been very paranoid about my ponies.

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post #185 of 1194 Old 03-18-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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I guess as much effort wasn't what I ment. After I set here, I mean I wasn't as close to them so I didn't stare at them 24/7 to notice changes like this. I took just as good care of them as I do these two.
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Some mares get that starved dog look prior to foaling they lose muscle tone in the back and the rib cage will "spring", the muscle in the tail head will be gone, the hips bones are more prominent. Some will bounce back quickly, some won't.
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post #187 of 1194 Old 03-19-2013, 12:26 AM
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She looks fine to me. I don't think you have anything to worry about. :)
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post #188 of 1194 Old 03-19-2013, 03:16 PM
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I agree with everyone here, I think she looks just fine. Her body is just making the necessary changes and adjustments for that baby. :) As her hips spread and her muscles relax, she will naturally get that "sloppy" look to her hind quarters. No worries.
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post #190 of 1194 Old 03-19-2013, 05:38 PM
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Subbing. I know you mentioned that the previous owner thought her Arabian stallion bred her, is he a registered purebred Arabian? If so, I would see about getting the information and signatures to have your foal registered as Half Arabian.

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