We rescued Faith from the auction (beat out the meat buyer) a few months ago. Some of you probably will remember her, she had lacerations all over her legs and was in icky shape! There's a thread around here somewhere (i'm too lazy to get the link right now, lol sorry!) Long story short,i have no idea what her background is.
So, a couple of weeks ago my farrier came out to do some work on the ponies and we were trimming old Floyd in the aisle when he suddenly stops, and keeps staring quizzically towards where Faith is standing in her stall (you can see her full body from where we were). He quite comically flips the light on his head to shine towards her and cocks his head to the side. "Hmm" he says, then paused dramatically, "She pregnant?"
I stopped short because I had no idea where that had come from! He drops Floyd's foot, and we both go over to Faith. I felt quite dumbfounded because as we're looking at her, she does look awful round. I hadn't even noticed. She's not bagged up at all, but she has a very odd shape to her stomach.
I was leaning more towards a hay belly then, and figured i'd watch for another couple of weeks and see what happens. I also decided to watch more closely for a heat cycle, which after this smack upside the head by my lovely farrier, I realize i've never noticed from her! I don't think she's been in heat since we've had her.
It seems as if she's ballooned out over the last few weeks, or my eyes are playing tricks on me. At this point, I don't know if I should spend the extra money to have the vet come out for another farm call (he's scheduled to come in late September to do xrays on Floyds ringbone) or wait.
I have experience with two pregnant mares, both rescue/unexpected situations so this is nothing new to me! I just want some opinions from you guys.
I noticed today she had runny poo, and this scares me! Perhaps something else is wrong? She's always been super quiet for a two year old (well, since i've had her at any rate) and she doesn't run and play much! She's checked out well with just a regular checkup but i've never done any blood work or anything on her.
I hope this is just in my head. Thanks Benny (farrier).
When we got her, a few weeks later:
And a week ago:
What worries me is that she's not gaining weight elsewhere. I thought she was developing a hay belly, she was thin when we got her but not terribly so.
I should probably call the vet, huh?