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View Poll Results: Do not ride a Mare in foal for the first three months?
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post #11 of 21 Old 04-21-2007, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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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
How would I keep her fit then? She was in work prior to going to stud, and to be honest I wouldn't ride her the first or the last three months of pregnancy, but would gentle hack in between. And then she would have 6 months plus off when the foal was born. Meg would become incredibly bored if I did nothing with her for 17 months!
The majority of people ride whilst their mare is in foal. Why and what makes you think so differently?
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-21-2007, 05:01 AM
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I just think it lets her have some time off.
You know to relax. It's kinda like a big long holiday.
But if it were me and I wanted to keep her entertained, I would lunge her or just muck around and have fun. But I wouldn't ride her for a while. I don't mind if you don't do this because I've never had a horse in foal before but if it were me I wouldn't ride her.

Just my opinion.

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post #13 of 21 Old 04-21-2007, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Did you know that lungeing is more strenuous than hacking? Lungeing for 15 mins is the equivalent of a 30 mins hack, or there abouts. Not only that it uses a lot more muscles than a gentle plod down the lane.
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post #14 of 21 Old 04-21-2007, 08:34 PM
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A little hacking around will not hurt her at all. I've had LOTS of mares in foal and it will not hurt her. If she's used to daily lunging, that's o.k. too, but I would not recommend it if she isn't used to it. (as in all the time, not just occasionally) As I said before, whatever she is used to doing she can continue. A little less strenuous is o.k. too.

If you want to give her a a break when hacking around, ride her bareback. She'll appreciate not haveing the weight of the saddle or the tight girth.
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-22-2007, 06:16 AM
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Did you know that lungeing is more strenuous than hacking? Lungeing for 15 mins is the equivalent of a 30 mins hack, or there abouts. Not only that it uses a lot more muscles than a gentle plod down the lane.
WOW!
I never knew that!
I guess that a little hacking won't hurt then.
Still not sure though.

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post #16 of 21 Old 04-22-2007, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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To be honest she wont be ridden alot anyway. She'll just probably go for a steady plod every now and again. Just to keep her amused.
Thats why I've decided to buy a third addition, so I can still ride and compete etc.
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post #17 of 21 Old 04-23-2007, 04:53 AM
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That sounds like a good way to do it- not too strenuous but stop her getting bored!
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post #18 of 21 Old 04-24-2007, 02:38 AM
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To be honest she wont be ridden alot anyway. She'll just probably go for a steady plod every now and again. Just to keep her amused.
Thats why I've decided to buy a third addition, so I can still ride and compete etc.
Sounds pretty fair enough to me!

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post #19 of 21 Old 04-24-2007, 03:33 PM
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That's what I do. Besides my 'broodmares' I have, I also have 2 "riding mares" that I use to ride. I breed them every other year (opposite years) so I always have something to ride, but, I'll also hop on the preggo one occasionally to aleviate her boredom.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-15-2007, 10:17 PM
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I personally wouldn't ride her at all for the first month, but after that just quite trail riding i wouldn't compete at all with a pregnant mare the stress can cause abortion.
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