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post #1 of 11 Old 11-13-2017, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Early Showing Broodmares

I've a broodmare I bought toward the end of summer that was already bred and confirmed in foal. Her last cover date was 5/17/17 and she is HUGE! If she wasn't ultrasound confirmed in foal at 18 days, I'd be super worried that she was carrying twins. Has anyone else ever worried about this sort of thing? So..

I wanna see everyone's big mama mares. How early do they start to show and how big do they tend to get?

Cola is only 6 months along and she looks ready to blow already! Pic taken 11-11-17
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How old is she? Tall? and pregnancy history? My goodness, poor thing, she's going to be draggin her belly on the ground!

We were just commenting that my Boo was starting to show, IF you know her you can see it. Otherwise, not so much. Dolly on the other hand is starting to look something like your mare, I'll try to get pics tomorrow.
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I have been mulling over the idea of breeding Estrella when she is MUCH MUCH older. Goodness your girl is large! Poor baby. Can't wait to see the responses!
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-13-2017, 10:41 PM
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I know @daystar88 was concerned about her mare carrying twins. She was HUGE, but ended up with just one big healthy colt
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Some mares show earlier than others and some do get HUGE lol If she's had foals before, they tend to show earlier than a maiden mare. I've included some photos of my mare at different stages of her pregnancy :) She didn't even really look in foal until the end, unless you looked at her from directly behind or in front and compared it to photos when she was in work lol Plus their bellies can change shape quite dramatically depending on where the foal is sitting. The other mare she was paddocked with got a belly earlier than my mare, but she has had foals before.
The first two photos are from the 6th of October, which was about 3 weeks before her due date. One below that was 6 days before she foaled (one day after her due date actually lol). She carried wide, but not low, so the photos don't really do it justice. The bottom one is from way back in May, so she was only 6 months there. But she was no where near as big as your mare! Could she have taken on an earlier service? If not, she might just be carrying low, making her look bigger than she is or just be one of those mares that has big foals/more fluid than the average mare. There was a photo on a fb group a while ago of a broodmare who always looked ginormous when in foal, yet always only had one in there lol I'll have to see if I can find it.
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How old is she? Tall? and pregnancy history? My goodness, poor thing, she's going to be draggin her belly on the ground!

We were just commenting that my Boo was starting to show, IF you know her you can see it. Otherwise, not so much. Dolly on the other hand is starting to look something like your mare, I'll try to get pics tomorrow.
She is 15 years old and about 15.1 hands. As far as I know (and APHA records go), she has only had one foal for the lady I bought her from that was born in 2016.

I do feel really bad for her...maybe I need to buy a girdle to help support that big baby belly up! I look forward to your pictures!

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@cbako01 , wow your girl is beautiful! She definitely looks like she holds her baby a little better! What breed is she? She looks like warmblood or Holsteiner?

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Thank you She is a warmblood x tb actually, so you were pretty close! The stallion she was bred to has Holsteiner on his sire's side, so that's bit of a coincidence lol She's very proud of her little colt and is being a good mum, so I can't really ask for much more :)

Also, I managed to find a picture of that mare I mentioned in my other post! I think this was a few days before she ended up foaling, but I think everyone can appreciate how massive she is lol This mare was apparently always really big when in foal and never had twins or anything like that. She is one of the broodmares at Solaris Sport Horses :)

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lol I was close. I use to ride TB and Warmbloods when I was younger and braver and could do hunter/jumper so I can kind of still recognize them. She really is a lovely looking mare.

Wow! Holy crap! That mare looks like a photoshop joke! "Lets take a softball and make it look like a horse!"

I don't think there would be a cinch long enough for that poor belly.

And your colt is very regal looking! She has a good reason to be proud of him. Do you tend to keep the foals or sell them?

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LOL! I call that pinto "Broodie under full sail". The way the wallow when they walk when they're that big reminds of pics of the round bellied ships the old time explorers used to sail in.
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