I think we have a lot in common! We got Sage and her 5 month old filly (Cactus) and Lady in foal with Cowboy April of this year. They ran on a 300 acre horse ranch with 20-30 other mares and 1 stud and had NEVER been touched by a human hand.
Cactus will be a year old next month we are going slow, but just started walking her and puting the lead line around her belly like the girth. We will put the pad on her in a few months. Posted via Mobile Device
Here are last night's pictures... in some she still does not look pregnant, in others, there is a definite bell shape to her belly. I still feel she is, but "he" is hiding udder her ribs, but that's just me. Had some vulva changes last night, extended and was leaking, but then shrunk back up, lol. We will see what Friday brings.
I know... sneaky witch! If the vet feels she is pregnant, and far enough along, I may go ahead and have her induced. That way she is in a monitored environment and the foal can get everything it needs when born. I don't have much concern about something going wrong with the pregnancy, but with the foal.
I have heard you can, but like a human it can be harder on the mare. And I don't want to have to put her through that if I can help it. Since this has gone on so long now, I just want to make sure this foal is not too big. You call it cheating... I call it my competitive edge!!!