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post #1 of 3 Old 06-07-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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How long after a mares foaled can you start bringing her back into work

My mare foaled a week ago now, I'm not planning on doin it tomorrow lol just out of interest when do other people bring then back into work, she's a 3 year old she was broken when I got her but since I found out she was in foal I never rode her I felt to bad! So she's had a good 3 months off, she needs completely re-schooling as who ever broke her didn't do a very good job she doesn't know how to lunge or long rein so it's going to be a long process just wondering when I should start doing ten mins lunging with her?
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Truthfully, providing that she is otherwise a healthy mare, I see no reason to not start working with her now trying to get her back into shape. Of course, for the sake of the foal, keep the sessions short. 10-15 minutes should cause no problems at all.

The biggest issue you are likely going to run into is having to separate her from her foal while you are working her. If you try to work her with the foal in the pen or even nearby, then she'll be completely distracted by her foal and if you are trying to lunge or long-line her, the foal could get tangled and that would be disastrous.

Even if they are separated where they cannot hear/see each other, you are likely going to have problems with keeping her attention. BUT, that is an excellent reason to go ahead and do it. It will be a learning experience for her.

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I do not and will not ride one for about 30 days post foaling. They need that time get let their rib cage come back into shape and their muscles to tighten back up. Typically I might start lunging them and ground work IF needed at about 3 weeks. All my broodmares are very well trained and very well broke so not much ground work needed. At times I just do a bit of lunging to get them going a bit faster and get them in shape a bit faster before I start riding them again.

Also keep in mind it will have some to do with the foal at her side. Some foals could care less if mom is out doing something and will just chill and much some grass. Other foals will chase mom around. So it is not just the mare you need to keep an eye on and consider.

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