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  • Exersising a very pregnant mare
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    12-20-2012, 10:21 AM
Exercise for pregnant mare?

My mare is 6 months pregnant today...yay! She will no longer tolerate a saddle...I can ride her bareback and she seems to enjoy that. What do you do to exercise your pregnant mares in later months? Just trying to think of other things to do with her!
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    12-20-2012, 12:37 PM
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After my mare wouldn't fit between the shafts of my cart at about 8 months (I drive, don't ride her) I lunged her ten minutes in each direction every day, walk-trot. By 10 months though she looked so unsteady to me that I quit and just hand walked her xD I felt bad! I know its best to keep exercising them if possible though. It supposively helps just like with humans, when it comes time to foal. My mare was a maiden and had no trouble whatsoever, dispite the fact that her breed tends to have a lot of problems. The baby was out and looking around within 30 minutes of starting to foal.
    12-20-2012, 01:18 PM
The best exercise is having her in a large paddock with other horses. They all move around
    12-20-2012, 03:21 PM
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^ The only thing I would worry about in that case would be the mare being kicked. We keep all of our broodmares together beginning at the second trimester, because being with younger horses might cause a kick or bite in the wrong place. If all of the horses were older and not very active it would probably be fine, but that kind of defeats the purpose. We keep our girls together until about 2 or 3 weeks before their due date, seperate them into their own birthing pens (we don't stall), let them foal and spend about two weeks with just the baby, then introduce them back into the broodmare band.
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    12-20-2012, 03:27 PM
Could you pony her off another horse?
    12-20-2012, 03:31 PM
Good point Enduku. Funnily enough since I went barefoot about 4 years ago I never worry about kicks - it's shod horses who do the damage! However a mare in last stages of pregnancy - yup, you wouldn't want her kicked at all!

When I separated Merlot from the herd she grazed with just Persil until the last week before foaling when she went into her foaling paddock right next door to Persil. I have an electric tape alongside the fence so Merlot isn't tempted to kick Persil when he tries to befriend Zephyr, but they can still see each other.

I'm still waiting for the day when she stops pulling horrible faces at the Persil so he can go in with Merlot and Zephyr and Zephyr can then have a great playmate!
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    12-20-2012, 03:48 PM
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Oooh, don't remind me. We've had some fun injuries from shod horses....ick.

Yep, being in with one other horse isn't likely to be a big problem, but more than that and they're likely to have spats over dominance or just plain being grouchy, and while there isnt a HUGE chance of the mare being kicked hard enough to miscarry, the chance is still there and easily advoided! :) broodmare together is even risky honestly, but we figure that with how big they are by that point, all of them realize that its just wasting precious energy to fight xD

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