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post #1 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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How much can a pregnant mare be ridden?

I will be breeding Ellie the end of April/beginning of June. She is going for a month of training for cows either March or April. I would like to continue to ride her throughout the year and possibly continue her training with cows and ranch work, while furthering my skills and education.

She hasn't been trailered a heck of a whole lot and she does get a little nervous. I am hoping to work on this with her over the winter and spring. How long into her pregnancy can I ride her and how hard? Also, I have heard that when they are stressed a lot, they may abort the foal which makes me nervous of hauling her to a new place to ride.

What do you suggest or advise?

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-29-2012, 06:50 PM
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We have a mare due in april. And we ride her just the same as we did. We will lighten up on our riding when shes about 9 months. Still ride her, but just easy trail rides. We have done all our mares this way. And have never had issues. As far as being nervous, weve never really had a horse nervous about hauling while pregnant. The ones we get in who are nervous, we will haul them to a trail or arena, pull them out of the trailer, feed them, walk them around and then take them back home. Has always worked great for us.
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A lady who I use to ride horses for bred 3 of her mares a few years ago, they were going to be broodmares. The ladys horse, we will call her Jay, used her horse for 4-H every sunday while she was pregnant. She rode her hard (barrel racing, loping a lot, etc) up until the day before she foaled. The foal turned out happy and healthy, and is now a 2 year old.

I don't recommend riding her that far along, maybe stop at least 2 months before she is due, or lighten up on riding

Jay, bred her horses again and still continues to ride them while they are pregnant.

All three horses, now broodmares, are still ridden as they are pregnant, but are given a half year off, after they have their foals.

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If your mare has a problem with you riding her while she is pregnant she will let you know.

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We always rode ours to within a couple of months of their due date. We never had a problem.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-01-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all of the responses guys! Makes me feel a lot better about using her

Did any of you compete on your mares? Or ride them on long trail rides? I often go for loooong trail rides with groups of friends and would like her to come along for the exposure and what not.
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