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post #1 of 5 Old 10-14-2010, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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when to stop riding a pregnat mare

My mare is due in may I'm riding her atm she is totally fine with it and enjoys her work .she is getting abit fat but dosnt protest being ridden I was just wondering when she should be ridden till just light work
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-14-2010, 10:01 PM
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I kind of let my mare tell me when riding was getting hard on her. I think I rode her up until about 1 1/2- 2 months before she foaled. And I quit because she started breathing hard (and she was huge) so I knew it was too much for her to carry me and the baby. Heck, before she foaled she would breath hard just standing around her pen.

But anyway, I would say you have a long way to go before you have to stop riding her. And let her be the judge. If she rides great and has lots of energy, she is probably okay. If she starts getting lethargic or breathing harder than she should, you should probably start taking it easy with her.

But I have only had one mare foal, so I am no expert. But I did try to research it on the Internet when my mare was pregnant, because she was my first pregnant mare and I didn't want to hurt her.

Here is a neat article I saved from when my mare was pregnant and I was wondering when and how much I could ride her:

Riding pregnant mares - Balanced Rider Blog
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-14-2010, 11:24 PM
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I stopped riding my mare at about 8.5mo along in her pregnancy. As long as you don't ride her any harder than she was used to before she was bred, she should be fine, and ease up the further along she gets. Believe me, she will tell you. You will know when she is too uncomfortable. I am riding my mare again, pregnant and due in May also, and she's doing good still. Good luck! :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanka for support people were just starting to say she looks pregenet n shudnt be riden but my plan was to ride her for as long aa she was able. I will be riding her with foal at doot aswell
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 11:17 AM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one, my mare is just now broke so I don't want her sliding backwards if she takes 5 months off riding, so from week 2 after having her baby I'll be riding her. Can't wait!!
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