I loaned a horse (15.3hh TBxID, 16yo mare) from my friend, who is currently living abroad, back in October. She was on a farm which bred miniature shetlands, british spotted ponies and a few small appaloosas. She has never been in foal before and was used as a pleasure riding horse kept only with mares and foals. She had not been ridden for a couple of years and so had a lack of muscle tone. We have managed to get her condition back over the winter.
Anyway, a couple of days ago my mum noticed that her belly was moving, and she can feel it when she puts her hand on. Looking back the mare has had a slight temperament change and did not come into season this spring.
On speaking to my friend there was an instance where one of the small spotted stallions escaped and caught a few of the smaller brood mares. He is about 30inches in height.
She is having a scan / pregnancy test next week, as we got her in October she must be at least 7 months gone.
Is it possible that she could be pregnant? And if so, what do you think the likelihood of it being the small stallion was?
Lastly, if it WAS the small stallion that caught her, what on earth would the resulting foal be like???
NB - the stud is not actively breeding at the moment, the stallion that escaped was the only one who had any contact with the mares that we know of. Also, I am studying at university so have not ridden this horse since april, she has been exercised by being led off our other TBxID mare who my mum rides, and is turned out in the paddocks during the daytime. She has had a well balanced diet with vitamin and mineral supplements in order to regain her condition.