Hello, I am looking for any ideas or guidance for my girl. This is her first pregnancy. She was covered naturally at the beginning of June after some inital problems (she had a corpus luteum which was fixed with a prostaglandin injection) and has had a good 40 day scan with a healthy heartbeat. The problem is she has had two episodes of being off her feet. On July 13th all four legs filled up with the right fore and hind being puffier than the left, but she was sound. I put her in the stable for 3 days (she had been living out) and rode her out in walk, and had her on a bear minimum diet as she lives on fresh air anyway. She then started going back out to grass and did really well until yesterday (Sunday 29th). We were out for a ride and she was charging along as usual for the first four miles and got a really short choppy ride on soft ground and refused to move on hard ground, so I led her home. She has mildly warm fore feet (not that unusal for her) with mild filling of the forelegs. Her back feet are alternately hot i.e this morning the right was warm, this evening the left was warm. She does not want to move and shifts her weight on the hard ground but storms along on the soft. She is in on rubber matting and a hemp bed and seems comfortable on this. I have reduced her diet again (not that it was much anyway!) but nothing seems to have improved. She is fed up and quieter than normal, and is yawning loads. She is unshod but normally has no problems. SHe fractured her left fore pedal bone years ago but has recovered well.
So I guess my question is; could the pregnancy be causing this? She has only ever had one stinit of possible laminitis but it was very mild and the symptoms were mildly hot feet and not as forward going as normal.She was box rested for two weeks and was fine. There has been no change in her feed, pasture or routine. Her weight is good and she has been doing 30-45 minutes of exercise a day with a 6-10 mile ride on a Sunday.
Help, I am worried sick about my girl. I put her in foal because I love her so much, but now I am terrifed the foal might be harming her.
Any advice/opinions welcome.
Thank you, Emma
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