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  • My friend is pregnant and giving me her horse
  • Equine pregnancy 9 months

 
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    01-23-2010, 01:40 AM
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Yearling
Pregnancy.. gallop?

My friend is probably going to breed her mare, and she is wondering if she can still gallop her horse, and enter gymkhanas up until 9 months pregnant?

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    01-23-2010, 01:51 AM
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Green Broke
Hmm, I've never bred a horse nor do I know much about breeding but from what I understand is that no you should not gallop a pregnant horse,
     
    01-23-2010, 01:58 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Hmm, I've never bred a horse nor do I know much about breeding but from what I understand is that no you should not gallop a pregnant horse,


Oh.. my friend told me that she can gallop her up to 7-8 months, and then trot/canter up to 9 months, and then the rest just walk.
From what I thought, I thought you could barely even ride them at all, but she kept telling me that she could ride them, but she didnt know for sure.
I hope she wont gallop her too much though :/
I don't really agree with her breeding her horse, because she doesnt have perfect conformation, she is pretty friendly though, but I also don't think my friend has enough experience to have a foal, but its not my decision :(
     
    01-23-2010, 02:06 AM
  #4
Green Broke
As I said, its just what I have heard, and I have not had any experiance in this certain feild. But there are plenty of members on here that have. Although if it was me, my horse would be rapped in bubble rap
     
    01-23-2010, 04:42 AM
  #5
Yearling
I have seen people run barrels with their mares up until the last 2-3 months of pregnancy, sometimes even longer. Our shows are only once a month, though. And riding a pregnant mare is very okay, especially if the mare was ridden regularly before the pregnancy. The better shape the mare is during her pregnancy, the less of a chance of complications. A breeder I know uses all her broodies as hack horses during their pregnancies with no problems. I would think that once in a while would be fine, as long as it's not overdone.
     
    01-23-2010, 02:01 PM
  #6
Yearling
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As I said, its just what I have heard, and I have not had any experiance in this certain feild. But there are plenty of members on here that have. Although if it was me, my horse would be rapped in bubble rap
haha, I would be like that too if it was my mare :)

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I have seen people run barrels with their mares up until the last 2-3 months of pregnancy, sometimes even longer. Our shows are only once a month, though. And riding a pregnant mare is very okay, especially if the mare was ridden regularly before the pregnancy. The better shape the mare is during her pregnancy, the less of a chance of complications. A breeder I know uses all her broodies as hack horses during their pregnancies with no problems. I would think that once in a while would be fine, as long as it's not overdone.
Woah, thank you :) I am not sure about my friend though, I am quite sure she will be riding her everyday up until a month due. She rides/gallops alot!
     
    01-23-2010, 02:10 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Riding is almost necessary, galloping needs to be limited. If the mare is in tip-top show condition, and continues to be that way for the duration of her pregnancy, then doing her regular shows and workouts through the majority of the pregnancy likely won't be a problem. As soon as she starts showing and carrying extra weight though, you must use extreme caution. She has a lot more stress on her body, and her food needs to be going to feed two mouths, so the person should be well educated in how to keep the mare fit and in good weight if she's using her energy to work.

I personally would not continue showing or doing hard work once she begins showing without the advice of a veterinarian. It seems stupid and ridiculous to risk the pregnancy for your own personal benefit after investing so much time and money into it.

As for riding a pregnant mare, you can work them lightly right up until they give birth. As was stated, the better shape a mare is in, the easier the pregnancy should be. Healthy and well maintained mares have less complications.
     
    01-23-2010, 02:18 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Riding is almost necessary, galloping needs to be limited. If the mare is in tip-top show condition, and continues to be that way for the duration of her pregnancy, then doing her regular shows and workouts through the majority of the pregnancy likely won't be a problem. As soon as she starts showing and carrying extra weight though, you must use extreme caution. She has a lot more stress on her body, and her food needs to be going to feed two mouths, so the person should be well educated in how to keep the mare fit and in good weight if she's using her energy to work.

I personally would not continue showing or doing hard work once she begins showing without the advice of a veterinarian. It seems stupid and ridiculous to risk the pregnancy for your own personal benefit after investing so much time and money into it.

As for riding a pregnant mare, you can work them lightly right up until they give birth. As was stated, the better shape a mare is in, the easier the pregnancy should be. Healthy and well maintained mares have less complications.
Yes, exactly.
     
    01-23-2010, 02:25 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Oh just a quick note since we've had some problems with this in the past - I'm aware it's your friend doing this and not you. When I refer to "you" in my posts, it's a generality designated to all people type of thing, not actually implying that I think YOU are the one who wants to gallop all the time. Just thought I'd clarify.
     
    02-07-2010, 12:51 AM
  #10
Foal
Very true
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Riding is almost necessary, galloping needs to be limited. If the mare is in tip-top show condition, and continues to be that way for the duration of her pregnancy, then doing her regular shows and workouts through the majority of the pregnancy likely won't be a problem. As soon as she starts showing and carrying extra weight though, you must use extreme caution. She has a lot more stress on her body, and her food needs to be going to feed two mouths, so the person should be well educated in how to keep the mare fit and in good weight if she's using her energy to work.

I personally would not continue showing or doing hard work once she begins showing without the advice of a veterinarian. It seems stupid and ridiculous to risk the pregnancy for your own personal benefit after investing so much time and money into it.

As for riding a pregnant mare, you can work them lightly right up until they give birth. As was stated, the better shape a mare is in, the easier the pregnancy should be. Healthy and well maintained mares have less complications.
     

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