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    05-03-2012, 09:10 AM
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Question Riding a my mare while she is prego?

Hey all!

I am considering breeding my mare, she is my main horse though. How long can I ride her throughout her pregnancy? Can I barrel race her as well?? Advice please!
     
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    05-03-2012, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Crossroadshorsefarm    
Hey all!

I am considering breeding my mare, she is my main horse though. How long can I ride her throughout her pregnancy? Can I barrel race her as well?? Advice please!
Maybe buying a weaning would suite your needs better.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:03 AM
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Showing
I have always rode my broodmares up until the point they get so big it's not fun for either of us. Just like a human, being in shape helps with labor & delivery. With mine, it's mainly walk & trot work just to keep them conditioned. I wouldn't however be running them.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:08 AM
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Green Broke
I always rode my mares well up into their pregnancies and even strolled around bareback on them late in the pg.

Just like with humans, whatever activitiy they are used to should be ok. Barrel racing, if she is fit and that's what she is used to doing, should be ok until she starts getting heavy.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I have always rode my broodmares up until the point they get so big it's not fun for either of us. Just like a human, being in shape helps with labor & delivery. With mine, it's mainly walk & trot work just to keep them conditioned. I wouldn't however be running them.
Yep.....when I got to the barrel racing...I said buy a weanling.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:12 AM
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I always felt giving me a healthy foal was enough for my mares.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
Yep.....when I got to the barrel racing...I said buy a weanling.
Agreed. I wouldn't be so much worried about the actual speed but the chance of them losing balance and going down turning a barrel would frighten me.
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    05-03-2012, 10:23 AM
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Green Broke
Speed work and even jumping can be done on a pg mare during the first half of the pg (If that is what they are conditioned for). Most of the weight and loss of agility happens during the 3rd trimester.

OP .. you can always check with your vet about your specific mare's activity and condition. You will lose time on her, though, during the last half of the pg and then during nursing and before weaning. Of course, you can resume riding in a few weeks (depending on her condition), but of course will not be able to compete with her until after the foal is weaned. Just some things to think about.

Happy decision-making! ~tg
     
    05-03-2012, 10:31 AM
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Weanling
I just breed my main riding mare. Ill give her 2 weeks off after breeding her and will be trail riding her and competing on her all summer and stop riding her in Nov.
Side note, King Pistol's dam was winning races in foal with him.
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    05-03-2012, 11:24 AM
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Ripper: The point of breeding her is to get a baby off of her, as she was my first horse and I am very attached to her...so a weanling wouldnt do. Thanks though.

Everyone else: Thanks for all the helpful advice! I know I couldnt barrel race her the whole time. Just the first few months, she is extremely healthy and fit so I don't think that would be an issue. Although, I probably wouldnt even barrel race her just mainly trails and some walk trot lessons with the kids. I'd be super protective of her. Ofcouse, I am not going to do anything without my vet's opinion first! Thanks for the help! Any more advice would also be helpful!!
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