is it okay to ride my mare in walk when only 3 months until foaling?

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is it okay to ride my mare in walk when only 3 months until foaling?

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    01-05-2011, 10:36 AM
is it okay to ride my mare in walk when only 3 months until foaling?

Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I wasn't sure whether it should be in breeding or riding? As some of you may know i'm taking western lessons once a week but feel I need some extra practice between lessons (I can't afford more lessons as they are 30 a time). My mare is due to foal in March and I haven't ridden her for around four months. Would it be okay to gently ride her in walk around the field? Some people tell me they have ridden their mares right up until the week before foaling and some say they stop riding as soon as the mare is four or five months gone. Would be interested to hear your opinions. Should I consider taking a loan horse for 6 months and leave my mare alone?
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    01-05-2011, 11:01 AM
Green Broke
You should be able to ride her. As long as you keep it gentle. Keeping them in shape is good for them.
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    01-05-2011, 11:18 AM
Thank you. She is getting really fat and i'm sure some of it is because I have just been walking her in hand for about a mile or two once of twice a week. I will give it ago this weekend and see how she goes. I'm sure some people will tell me that it's not a good idea but I didn't think it would harm just a gentle walk round the field. It's more to keep my confidence levels up more than anything so no tearing around the fields.
    01-05-2011, 11:24 AM
Green Broke
How is your weather? I don't know where you are from but just make sure the ground is not slippery in case she has a bout of spookiness.
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    01-05-2011, 11:32 AM
I'm from cumbria UK. The weather has been bad today with black ice on the roads but the fields are fine, just a little muddy. Do you think the mud will be a problem? I don't imagine she will spook as she is a really quiet mare but hey you never know do you?
    01-05-2011, 12:01 PM
My mare has 4 month to go and I am still riding her at walk trot and canter she is totally fine
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    01-05-2011, 12:04 PM
Jess that's fantastic to hear how long are your sessions for do you just do half an hour at a time?
    01-06-2011, 02:25 PM
Yeah just 30 mins ir less more walk and trot than canter the mare tells you when she starts to get tired as I know my mare well its easy to see when she has had enough
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    01-09-2011, 12:46 PM
When our mare was preggo, we used her until she (nicely) told us she was uncomfortable (about 1 1/2 months left). We just did walk and trot (stuff to keep her brain busy), and we actually used her in therapy until she got too large for our surcingle Remember, horses in the wild had to move about until they foaled, so she should be okay as long as you do it safely (no slippery ground) and easily with slow stuff for short periods of time

Good luck and good vibes for the little one!
    01-09-2011, 01:20 PM
When we had Connie, my mom rode her up until when she foaled. Not hard, of course, but you should be fine riding her lightly. In the wild they still have to keep on the move when in foal.

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