While I don't have my vet on speed dial (yet), I'm thinking it might be a good idea. Most know I've had Cookie for 4 months now and according to the seller, she had been in with a stud but was "un-receptive". Anyone who has owned or bred horses before knows that you're not going to stand around to wait and see if the mare gets bred or not. Usually if a stud is in with a mare for even a day, they can breed and the mare can be un-receptive afterwards. At any rate, I didn't put much stock into this news. I knew when I first saw her she had a hay belly and probably needed de-worming.
She was de-wormed before I brought her home, and I started her on Food Grade DE in February. Her fecal came back negative March 1st, so it's fairly safe to say she doesn't have a hay belly now.
Over the past couple of months, I have noted changes in behavior and attitude. Some days she is loving and in my pocket, other days she would rather kick me in the head than to look at me. lol. No, by the way she hasn't actually kicked at me.
One day she looks like she hasn't eaten in weeks and today she looks like she's swallowed a whole bale of hay. Some days her sides are more broad than others.
I don't have the ability to check her pulse as I don't have a stethoscope and I am unable to use my fingers to find her pulse because they are numb or half asleep due to a nerve problem in my shoulders. Nor do I have a thermometer to check her temp at this time. I will be getting both soon. Her breathing is often normal, and sometimes I believe like me, due to the sudden rise in humidity causes us both to sort of breath hard for a very short time.
I'll be calling Monday to schedule a vet visit which will include her springtime Vacc's., palpation and if actually in foal, her prego shots. Had I not been paying attention in the beginning, I probably wouldn't have noticed her constant attitude and behavior changes. I'm both excited and yet trying not to get my hopes up. It would be awesome to have a fuzzy baby and scary for this first time horse mom. lol.
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