Mares Shape Post Foaling

maddielove

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Do some mares never return to their normal shape after haing a foal?
My mare had one foal 4 years ago now and she's never developed a toned belly since!! Is this to be expected with some mares? or is it just to do with the correct work?
I don't think it helps now that she's had colic surgery its all a bit "loose" down there and would like to get her looking a normal shape for once -if it's possible.
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Abbeygale

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My mare has had two foals - but she had never been worked, or got any where near being remotely fit. She does have a definite "in foal" look - but I have been working hard with her and she has now recently started schooling for the first time ever - and the difference is amazing.

Up until a few weeks ago she was not looking as though she was in foal for the first time ever!! She also had stopped wobbling when she ran anywhere!!!
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Bless her!!

Unfortunately with the grass really coming through she has put a little weight on again - but I am just trying to work her as much as I can, including loads of hill work and schooling sessions to keep her mummy bumps under control!!
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Mine was fit, muscled and toned until 6 months thru pregnancy, then she had 6ish months off (352 day pregnancy) then came back into work when foalie was 3 months.

Mine looks like shes never had a foal until you look at her teats. Shes 17 now too and foaled last year.

I think it depends on how fit and toned they were before hand and then what they do afterwards. Mine also works on the Pessoa on the long & low setting once or twice a week.
 
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