Disclaimer: I am a new horse owner and tend to worry WAY too much so I thought I would come on here and maybe you all can talk some sense into me.
I know nothing about my mare's background except that she is a retired polo pony. One vet aged her at 15, the other 23. (Which is a whole other story) She was in FL and was brought to Virginia in early December of 2011.
When she first arrived in Virginia, she was practically starved. The people I bought her from put about 50 pounds on her before I bought her.
I bought her at the end of January and she has steadily been putting on weight with good nutrition and we are working on adding muscle.
I am pretty sure I have gone through two heat cycles with her. The first one in March, she was winking like crazy. I didn't notice winking in April but there was one day of personality change that was pretty drastic...but she was back to her normal wonderful self the next day.
On Saturday, I stopped by the farm to give her an apple and I noticed she was leaking milk....a lot of milk. It was covering her back feet.
And that was when the worrying started.
I stopped by today and she is still leaking milk.
I have no idea if she was ever bred. I read that some mares mare leak milk for a few years afterwards. Her teats do not seem swollen or bagged up.
BUT, I have spent too much time on google and have somehow convinced myself she is pregnant.
I read that leaking milk is a sign of being in advanced pregnancy.
I also read that some mares continue to have heat cycles while in foal.
Because she came from a home where they didn't care enough to feed her, the possibility of them not caring enough to separate her from stallions is pretty good.
I have a call in to my vet and am waiting to hear back...
In the meanwhile, I am looking for opinions. Am I worrying over nothing????? Someone please tell me I am crazy. I won't be offended, I promise.
Here are some pics.