I just purchased my first 4 horses in the last 3 months, one of which was bred. I got the mare and (2) 10-month-old babies from one person, and another open mare (who was underweight) from another. Since I purchased these guys, everyone has been gaining weight except for my pregnant mare. She has lost a drastic amount of weight within the past month (mainly along her back), but her belly is still huge! All of my horses have hay available at all times and I started giving my mare extra pelleted feed & alfalfa cubes as well. I also wormed her and the rest of my herd last Tuesday with Ivermectin.
Being that this is the first time I've ever owned a pregnant mare, I have no idea what is going on!! It makes me want to cry every time I look at her. I had a vet look at her about a month ago when I had her Coggins test done and he told me that everything looked good (she had already started losing definition on her back and hindquarters). Now she looks like something you see coming into a rescue! I thought it might be from all of the extra weight on her belly pulling everything down, but from the pictures I've seen of other pregnant mares, none of them looked this bad. Any advise/help would be greatly appreciated!
Also, from what I was told, she is due to foal sometime in May. Exact date of breeding is unknown.