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    10-09-2013, 10:06 AM
Believe it or not these are pictures of my maiden the month the delivered Cowboy! I was convinced she wasn't pregnant!
I will say she is only 3 years old, if that has any thing to do with it.

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    10-09-2013, 10:20 AM
Wow MsLady, I wouldn't have really thought she was preggy... Unless you considered her shine and dapples to be an indicator! ;-D
    10-09-2013, 10:29 AM
She did have "the glow"....lol
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    10-09-2013, 12:41 PM
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Its funny, I feel like stormy is REALLY showing. She's not overly small at 16hh and not narrow, on pasture 24/7, and not particularly long. She is a maiden at 6 years old, but I will say, I noticed the 'glow' with her. She had a hard time coming off the track, dropped a lot of weight and refused to grow a winter coat, then took forever to shed out, which is why she was bred later than some of the other mares. She looked good when she was bred, but within two months she looked AWSOME. Shiny coat, gained a bunch of muscle, much more energetic.

Pretzel has just become excessively lazy.
    10-09-2013, 02:25 PM
Our mares start to show after about 6 months. You have to know them to tell because they are big barreled and a lot of folks think they're always pregnant looking.
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    11-16-2013, 08:45 PM
Well it's been about a month and a half since I've seen Lilly and I'm noticing some changes. Here she is today, just 2 weeks shy of 7 months. Under about 3" of hair, I think we're starting to see the baby bump.

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    11-16-2013, 09:47 PM
I love it once they start showing and you have a visible progress to follow,that's when I start getting excited. :)
Your girl is looking good!

It really does depend on the individual mare as to when they start "popping". I've found mine usually do at around the 5/6 month mark.
Juno is just over 5 months and is definitely starting to show..
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    11-17-2013, 01:12 AM
Juno looks great! I love the sort of lopsidedness! And I see you also getting this wonderful snowstorm. I felt so bad for Lilly, she was covered in icicles from rain we had yesterday, but neither she nor her pasture mate wanted to stand in their shelter. They seem perfectly content outside.
    11-17-2013, 03:22 AM
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Never really possible to say!

When I bred my first mare that was worthy of breeding, I knew she was pregnant the moment I picked her up from the stud. Her eye had totally changed.

Many years ago we had a big Irish Draught mare come to the stallion. She was covered in April. She then returned in season in September. She was turned out with the stallion. The owner decided to Fox Hunt the mare that season as she would not be fooling until August.
Late that season, March time, the mare owner and I were out with hounds gate closing. Only when she trotted down the road behind me did I realise just how much bigger the mare was on one side.
That mare, looking at her from either side, just looked a bit fat but, from a distance whine, she was uneven.
This was her third foal and she foaled a week later!

Standing behind and looking is the best way to see if there is unevenness.
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    11-17-2013, 03:57 AM
Originally Posted by Glynnis    
Juno looks great! I love the sort of lopsidedness! And I see you also getting this wonderful snowstorm. I felt so bad for Lilly, she was covered in icicles from rain we had yesterday, but neither she nor her pasture mate wanted to stand in their shelter. They seem perfectly content outside.
She is pretty lopsided at times,lol.
Yes,we got the lovely weather,it's been nasty all day!The horses were plastered with ice/snow as well,but didn't act cold,in fact were quite frisky,and seemed content with standing behind their bale and stuffing their faces.They didn't even hang out behind the windbreak.Guess they're tougher than me,lol.

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