Is my mare in foal or something else? pics attached.
I have recently gained a shetland mare on loan as a companion for my gelding. She has been with us for just over a month. Previous to coming here she had just bred a foal and was weaned a couple of weeks before coming to me.
For the last week she has periodically showed some concerning behaviour. A couple of times I have caught her biting at her side's, and giving herself an occasional kick to her belly.
my first thought was that she might have colic. Her breathing is normal, temperature is normal, she is grazing well, drinking water, her poop is not abnormal. She isn't displaying any other signs of being in pain, her ears are forward and alert, she is alert. Her gums are nice and pink.
I have spoken to her previous owner about her last heat cycle which was April??? She has been living with a stallion who is the father to her first foal, but I was assured by the owner that they had been separated during her heat cycle.
Her belly over the last few days looks like it has dropped, and when I went to feel her lower belly she tried to bite me. She is not normally like that, and I can touch her everywhere else.
I sat watching her today for quite a while, and watching her belly. Her belly twitched at the back near her flank, and she immediately bit her belly and gave it a kick and went back to grazing.
I am going to call the vet out tomorrow just to have her looked at, as although I have dealt with horses for years, these are my first that I have owned.
I have put a couple of pictures. The one with the white pony in the field was 10 days after we got her, the others were taken today, so about 4 wks apart.