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post #1 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can I ride my bred mare?

My mare was just bred and not yet confirmed in foal. She was bred earlier this week. I would like to take her to a trail ride and ride her all day. However, I don't want to compermise any possiblity of her not keeping the foal.

She is 6 years old, foaled last year, and is in good health. She was ultrasounded after being bred to make sure she ovulated. So I know she should be bred. The other horses on the ride are her barn mates, and If I left her home, she would be by herself, expect for the mini stud that like to think he is a big boy.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 12:15 PM
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She'll be fine. Exercise is good for pregnant mares, as long as she's been kept exercised regularly up until now.

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 03:13 PM
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Riding a mare in foal is perfectly safe. As long as they are used to the exercise. I have known people who have ridden their mares on a daily basis and mom and foal are very healthy.

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^agree! My vet advises it. Having those tummy muscles in reasonable shape will help with foaling. We have always ridden our broodmares lightly, 3 or 4 times a wk until they get really big. I would feel like I was doing the splits on my mare I'm waiting on now, she's about to pop and is enormous :)
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 04:32 PM
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Wouldn't she be more receptable to loosing the possible even just 1 week after breeding? Or just don't stress much?
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 04:36 PM
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My mom rode Connie until she foaled. Not intensely, obviously, but enough to keep her healthy and happy.
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 08:32 PM
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Well, with a mare you have bred that recently....I wouldn't do any intensive riding. Nothing that would make her sweat a lot. You don't want the mare's body temp rising too much.....it can kill sperm (but your mare has already ovulated so that's good) and could terminate an early pregnancy. Not saying it will...just pointing out that it can. Sperm and embryonic vesicles are temperature sensitive. We like to keep mares relatively quiet (ie, only turned out into paddocks) until they are confirmed 35 days pregnant. After that...you can use/work them as if they weren't pregnant, until they get very huge.

But, if you think that she will pace and work herself into a slather just because she is alone back at your place, I would ride her. Good luck!

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-09-2011, 01:38 AM
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Agreed ^^
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-11-2011, 09:37 PM
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I usually ride up until the last/third trimester then stop riding and just lunge lightly to keep her exercised

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post #10 of 15 Old 04-13-2011, 08:57 AM
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My Dancer would be in much better shape now if we had ridden her while she was pregnant. She wouldn't have lost as much muscle. However, I was scared to death I was too heavy for her and daughter was scared to death of her period - so she didn't get near enough exercise. Hindsight and recent experience tells me that I should have ridden her from day one. We'd both be better off now!

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