BM has lost a great deal of her ragged winter coat and it has been replaced by a much thinner shiny one. Her colour is darker just like it is every year before she foals. She has increased her eating and is now cleaning up every little morsel she gets. She is spending the days outside with her buddies and seems to enjoy coming inside in the evening now. I am very excited to see what we will get this time...this mare has had 5 foals and all colts, never a filly! She usually throws about 90% to the stallion, colour and traits. One thing all have had in common is a great hock and they all can jog and trot! She throws great top lines and short backs, she really is a very nice mare!
One of my other broodmares is acting a bit strange. I also bred this mare last year but when she came into full heat 21 days later and every 21 days after that I assumed she had not caught. This is certainly not like me to not have an ultrasound done to put this question to rest but I was just so sure that she was not in foal and since it was too late in the season to re-breed her I just decided to 'suck it up'. About 20% of mares will show regular heat cycles during their pregnancy.
Some years ago I had another broodmare that was a maiden. I bred her in early March and she was confirmed via US to be in foal. The mare continued to be shown throughout that season and was incredibly fit. Great underline! She also continued to show heat to what ever gelding looked her way, right up to the time she foaled. We were all convinced she was not in foal but the proof was loping around her stall one morning...she foaled while wearing a winter blanket and about 3 weeks early!
My other mare would be a full month behind BM so that could be one reason why she is not overly huge...surprisingly enough, during most of the gestation period a foal gains very little weight but in the last 3 months the foal with gain 1 lb per day! An average foal born to an average mare with weigh around the 120 lb mark.
This mare is keeping herself from the rest of the herd, she is definitely gaining weight in all the right places and seems to be developing some kind of edema in front of her udder.
Stay tuned for further updates and see if there really is a surprise foal!