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post #1 of 21 Old 03-23-2007, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Advice or Opinions please?!?!?

Hi all! My mare Meg goes away to stud the end of next week. She's a Thoroughbred x Dales and I'm putting her to a British Warmblood.
There is a lot of different advice out there advising you when and when not to ride a mare in foal. and I wondered what all of you thought?
Some books/people say dont ride for the first three months, others say just carry on as normal.

Some say still compete (jumping/eventing) after the first three months, some say happy hacking.

:roll: So as you can see, there doesn't seem to be any set guidelines, thats why I thought I'd pick your brains!
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-23-2007, 10:42 AM
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hi hun! have you asked the stud that megs going to for their advice? im sure they have bred that many they would have some idea?
i have heard that you can ride them normally right up until they drop!?

A mare at a showjumping yard i worked on was imported from belgium. She was being jumped at affiliated 1m40 classes and staying away at one show (having won the class) when the next morning we came to her stable to find she wasnt alone! So it didnt hurt her one bit, but it wouldnt be what i would do out of choice. Think id ride normally the first 3months, then slow her down as it got closer and then give her the final 3months to herself? And then the first 2months with the foal totally and then start again. Pulling her away from the foal for half hour to ride and fuss her makes the foal much more independant and makes the whole weaning thing alot easier on both of them. Be amazed what i difference it makes to the foal and how much gutsier they are.
Also another mare we used to take for a rides and then when the foal was strong we would allow him to go for an explore too. Gets them used to the idea of riding/tack/rugs/stables/jumps and generally seeing new things. Worked a treat!
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-23-2007, 11:48 AM
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Generally, the rule of thumb is that anything that the mare is doing before she gets pregnant, she can continue to do. For example, if she has been training and competing heavily she can continue. But, you should never start a new discipline or start heavily training for a discipline if she is not used to it.

What I generally do is do light exercise for my mares until the last three months. Then I may or may not do very light exercise the last three months. ie 15-20 minutes at a walk bareback. But, my mares are not in heavy competition, and I have some that are broodmares only. (but most can be ridden) It is perfectly fine to ride a healthy mare, but if she has had problems in the past slipping a foal, I wouldn't.

We've had pregnant mares ride on 12 mile trail rides, but, they were being ridden the entire time. We usually give them 2-3 months off after they foal, mostly because they are so worried about their foals they don't listen well. (totally understandable IMO) Good luck with your new baby!
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post #4 of 21 Old 03-23-2007, 01:20 PM
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yah, i think thats true i've heard that you can ride them 'till about 3 months upto the foal date, then it's best to just let her laze! and let her build her straight and rest for the new foal! good luck! post pictures!
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post #5 of 21 Old 03-23-2007, 07:11 PM
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Generally, the rule of thumb is that anything that the mare is doing before she gets pregnant, she can continue to do. For example, if she has been training and competing heavily she can continue. But, you should never start a new discipline or start heavily training for a discipline if she is not used to it
I agree. Physically, they are capable of what they were doing before being bred. Mentally, no. It isn't worth putting the additional stress on a pregnant mare, I think this is generally what all people try to avoid.

I watched a TV show and saw a zebra give birth while in mid gallop. Horses can be amazing creatures. The zebra was running from prey, by the way.
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post #6 of 21 Old 03-24-2007, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! She's not in heavy work at the moment, more just schooling and occasional jumping.

I think she'll be away for about 6-8 weeks so I'll just do light work with her.
I think I keep comparing horses to human pregnancies, when I think of exercise/work etc!

Kristy: That Zebra must have been amazing to see! The predator didn't get it though, did it? I mean did it just fall out to the ground with the mare still running?
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Unfortunately, yes, they did. The mare didn't stop running & the foal dropped to the ground. The hyenas stopped chasing the herd and captured the foal.
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post #8 of 21 Old 03-25-2007, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Aww thats so sad!
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-04-2007, 09:02 PM
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As long as the mare doesn't get exhausted from working, and has the ok from your vet, she can do whatever she was doing before you bred her. I'd recommend very lite work only in her later months though. I'm 8 months pregnant now and if I know I just want to lie down and rest. Even walking is really uncomfortable. With my horses I usually turn them out in a large pasture in their later months so they can move around as they see fit.

That poor baby zebra! How sad.
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post #10 of 21 Old 04-21-2007, 12:50 AM
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I don't even think you should ride a mare if it's in foal no matter how many months. I think after she has a baby you should let here settle down for a while

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