I retired my TB Paint mare last summer at age 21. Most recently, she was a dressage horse. She retired incredibly fit, sound, muscular, and healthy, but emotionally she was beat. Plus I had a 3 year old hanoverian ready to start.
Anyway, she was bred twice AI by a repro specialist. She built up fluid both times and oxytocin was used. She didn't take either time. Her last foal was 4 years prior where she also had fluid but with flushing and oxytocin, was able to take and carry a foal without problem.
She was checked at 16 days post breeding (July 1st was when she was last bred) and the vet said she was NOT in foal. Around the first of the year, she started looking round and plump, especially sticking out the sides. She has gotten a little bit bigger since then. She also naps lying down in the middle of the day in the middle of the pasture, which until the last 2 months, I hardly have ever seen her do, and she is frantic for food (has always been demanding, but now seems frantic about it). I have also seen her kick at her belly, paw the ground and once even try to lay down when she first started eating and also when I'm brushing one side of her belly, she kicks at the other side.
She eats the same as she always has (a VERY easy keeper), which is one flake of bermuda hay in the a.m. and one flake of alfalfa hay in the p.m. Although she looks fat, I can still easily feel her ribs.
I don't know if this is wishful thinking or not... I owned her with her last foal and she looks exactly like she did in the 7th-8th months back then, but she was being ridden then, she is not being ridden now. Could this be a hay belly? Do they bulge out the sides with a hay belly?
I'm taking her to be "re-bred" in March, but thought I'd ask on this website because the suspense is killing me!
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 11:58 am:
You can have a simple blood test run to see if she's in foal. It's the easiest way to find out.
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