We got our pony last September as a rescue. She was not abused to our knowledge and is really a sweet girl. She was in a large field with other horses and probably a stallion/stallions. She had a foal at her side that was old enough to be weaned (I don't know how old). As we were driving her home from our horse lady's house (she found her for us and kept her for 2 weeks to be sure she was a "good" pony), she said there was a chance she could be pregnant based on us not knowing her history and knowing that she could have been exposed to a stallion.
So, the farrier was here in February and was back in April and commented on how he thought she was pregnant. Either that or worms (she's regularly wormed) or a grass belly (which didn't seem likely).
Last month we had the vet out here to tend to our colicky horse and I asked her to take a look at our pony. She was unable to palpate her due to her small size (she's about 12 hands), but she listened to her belly and said she heard a lot of fluid in there. She also said that her bags seemed to be filling up. Her guess was that she is pregnant.
So, I think she probably is, but wouldn't she be due already. We got her at the end of September and our horse gal had her two weeks before that. Also, maybe she's just poochy? Having little history on her doesn't give us a lot to go on. What do you think?
The only person who can tell you with any certainty whether a horse is pregnant or not (short of having a picture with the foal actively being born) is the vet. I've seen geldings and mares that appeared pregnant either because they were very fat or had a very high worm count.
Best bet is to have a vet check her out. If palping her is out of the question, then I'd spring for an U/S or x-rays. At nearly a year, there would be enough development in there to see for certain if she was preggers or not. That way, if she's not, you can breath easy and get her on a diet plan. If she is, then she can get the necessary shots and the vet will be familiar with her in the event that something goes wrong during the birth.
Thank you for your replies! I guess I am wondering what we would do differently if she was in foal. I would love to know for sure and if there's a good reason to warrant an ultrasound, we would do it. Her condition wasn't as good as we'd like this past spring so since the end of April we increased her feed and added coco soya to her daily routine. I feel like she in very good health, but is an ultrasound necessary? The vet didn't seem too concerned about knowing for sure. She said she looked really good and we'd know in a few weeks. If she is pregnant though, I of course want a healthy foal.