Hello! First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who is reading this. Please do not think that I am completely stupid, but I have a ton of questions that I need answered as quickly as possible. First, I would like to explain that my husband and I rescued a starving Tennessee walker, a shetland and a mini.
The Tennessee (Speedy) is about halfway to where he needs to be weight-wise, and we have only had him for about 1 1/2 month- 2 months. He is a wonderful horse with quite a few problems. We have had his coggins test done, had his hooves trimmed, are providing him with senior 14% protein feed, and we are constantly showing him love and attention. :)
The shetland (twilight) and the mini (stud)were ALSO rescue horses from TERRIBLE conditions. They were both tied to trees (within reach of each other) for over 2 years. There was no grass left in the circle that the rope allotted them. They were allowed to breed whenever they wanted, they were NEVER handled and never taken off of the ropes. The excuse was that the owner didn't have a fence and had meant to put one up, but she never got around to it. Imagine our want to give these ponies a good home.
The two of them ended up mating, but we are unsure when. Since we really cannot rely on anything the previous owners told us, we are having to play this by ear and I have been doing research CONSTANTLY.
We ended up having to send the stud to another home. A good home! But another home. He was extremely mean and aggressive to our gelding Tennessee and he would keep the shetland cornered in one section of the pasture. Bit was beautiful, but he was too mean and aggressive, so we ended up trading him for another mini-mare (sparkle).
Well, the owner of sparkle told us that he had JUST bred her a couple of days before, and she may be pregnant. No big deal, we are learning everything that we can in preparation. I have started contacting the local SPCA for advice, but I am by no means an expert or comfortable with what lie ahead.
My biggest issue right now is that we are spending quite a bit on Speedy, trying to get him out of harms way. He literally looked like a walking skeleton when we got him. Twilight, the shetland, however, is further along than we were told that she is (we think)....
The issue is... We don't know how she was pre-pregnancy. We know that we were told that she is scared of men (we have our own beliefs on that matter). She is moody. One day, she will let me touch her, brush her, love on her.. The next, she won't let me near her. Lately, she has really distanced herself from me (and everyone and everything else), and I am worried about it. Also, I don't know if she has foaled before. She has slight udders. They aren't just the teats (nipples??), but they hang about 2-3 inches low, but are completely dry (look like large, elongated raisins with nipples on the end). I have not noticed ANY beading. After a mare foals for the first time, will she always have udders that hang? Also, her vulva is elongated (in my opinion), but I don't know what it looks like when they are not pregnant whether they have or have not foaled. Hers appears to be approximately 7-8 inches long, but she will not let me near her udders or lift her tail to check. She FINALLY let me feel her belly, but that's it. I also notice her stomach "twitching". The only thing is, she twitches a lot, so I don't know if it is a foal or if it is her!! She is so difficult! But I love her.
I guess, my post is basically asking for advice on what to do, how to know, and what my next step should be. We do not have a local vet who does house calls, and we have not been able to purchase a trailer yet. She will not let anyone near her rear end, so we can't administer a pregnancy test, and the information that we have on her history is little and mostly unbelievable. ANY help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!
PS. We are planning on putting straw in her stall this coming weekend, just in case!
PPS. I am not sure if I can post pictures on this forum, but I will try to get some later, just in case I can.
PPS. I live in south Texas, it is now September, and I am worried about having a winter baby!