I was on this forum last year trying to find a stallion for my arabian mare. I decided eventually to breed her to a lovely arabian stallion (live cover). And now I have joined the ranks of worried horse owner.
I have some questions for folks who are a bit more experienced with breeding behavior. The mare had pre-breeding inspections, ultrasound, swab and genetic testing to rule out carrier status for some of the common arabian recessive disorders. So did the stallion. Breeding was live cover. The stallion was seen mounting her at the last heat cycle approximately Aug 14-16. She is missing two patches of skin on her shoulder with no deep injuries. No leg injuries. Preg test upcoming Sept 6th with the repro vet.
For the past 3 days, the mare has not really been herself. She eats, but is more disinterested than normal. Same with drinking. She loves her mineral block though. She doesn’t have any signs of colic, an she is passing stool that looks ok, no diarrhea or other abnormality. She is moodier than she typically would be, but also less interactive. I have taken her to the vet because I was worried I might be missing something, vet says he isn’t worried but can’t explain the behavior changes and says he’s not sure he sees that this early on. It’s too early for a preg test.
My question is - did anyone here notice behavior changes this soon? It’s only been 10 days since conception, but I can say with certainty that she is not really acting herself at all. Is there anything specific I need to be watching for? She was wormed within the month prior to being bred. My understanding is that colic and such things start usually later on during the pregnancy and not really this early, so I’m just hoping for some insight from folks who have done this recently!