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post #1 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Riding Mare Post-Pregnancy??

I'm a little confused at the moment.

A friend of my mother's owns a mare at a different barn and takes lessons with us at our barn.

Her mare gave unexpected birth to a colt on the 17th.

Today, I saw on fb that she rode the mare 10 days later??

I have no experience, nor am I interested in getting involved, but I heard you are supposed to wait 6 monthes before you can ride the mare again?!?!?
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It all depends on the mare and how much riding. There is no definite "time". Some people ride as early as 2 weeks. Some people wait 2-6 months. Certainly the sooner you ride your mare the easier you should be on her. Its all personal preference
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I have no experience, nor am I interested in getting involved, but I heard you are supposed to wait 6 monthes before you can ride the mare again?!?!?
Not the case for the lady I worked for. Baby was born.. 2 weeks later we would take her for a spin with the foal on her side just at a walk. We gave the kids pony rides and stuff. When the foal was 5-6wks, then we began to ride-ride and pony the foal, etc.

So I'm not sure what the general rule is, but I doubt it's as long as 6 months..

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And there are people out there that also believe that once a mare has been bred, you shouldn't ride her anymore. Seems to be a common thought around where I live at least and so mares in foal become pasture ornaments for more than a year. I personally have no problems with riding a mare while she is pregnant, so long as she is comfortable and not over worked. There is also no reason to wait until a foal is weaned at 6 months before you can ride the mare again, you just take it slow and easy and pony baby with you allowing frequent nursing breaks.
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Personally I think it woul be a good experice for the foal an the mare if you just sat on her bareback an walked her around a few weeks after foaling. I dont see a problem with that
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I'm a little confused at the moment.

A friend of my mother's owns a mare at a different barn and takes lessons with us at our barn.

Her mare gave unexpected birth to a colt on the 17th.

Today, I saw on fb that she rode the mare 10 days later??

I have no experience, nor am I interested in getting involved, but I heard you are supposed to wait 6 monthes before you can ride the mare again?!?!?
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Light riding with the foal along in a safe place would be good for both.

Just do not work the mare or, let her get hot.

They will get mastitis...just like a cow.

For the foal that will mean sour milk.
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Mastitis does NOT cause sour milk.
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Mastitis does NOT cause sour milk.
Mastitis in mares - Thoroughbred Times#

Looked lumpy to me.
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If the mare is nursing and her udder is painful, the nursing sessions should be supervised to keep her from kicking the foal. The infected milk will usually not harm the foal, and if the foal will nurse the affected side, it will save you the task of milking it out.
Taken straight from that article. As a woman who developed mastitis myself, and continued to feed my girls, I happen to have first hand knowledge. The milk does not in anyway turn sour, or cause any ill effect to the foal or child.

Also note that the article does not state exercise as a cause of mastitis. Mastitis is caused by a blockage of a milk duct.

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Taken straight from that article. As a woman who developed mastitis myself, and continued to feed my girls, I happen to have first hand knowledge. The milk does not in anyway turn sour, or cause any ill effect to the foal or child.

Also note that the article does not state exercise as a cause of mastitis. Mastitis is caused by a blockage of a milk duct.
Then ride your mare and get her good and hot.....

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