Can you ride when you're pregnant?

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Can you ride when you're pregnant?

This is a discussion on Can you ride when you're pregnant? within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-03-2011, 05:52 PM
Can you ride when you're pregnant?

I've heard terrifying old wives' tales about riding when pregnant. Is it ok? And for how long? Does it make a difference if you're jumping or just riding on the flat?
Sponsored Links
    06-03-2011, 06:11 PM
I think walking on a extreamly calm horse is ok. But trotting and faster may end up jumbling the baby up and possibly causing some damage. And there is always the risk of falling off and hurting the baby. I'd ask a doctor for more deffinate answers.
    06-03-2011, 06:22 PM
Well, depends on the person and body, and how pregnant you are. Some people are more sensitive.
There was another thread like this before and some people mentioned how they stopped riding (walk, trot) at 6 months because they were too big and it wasn't comfortable anymore. Others trotted and cantered until 7 months... others barely rode at all. Really depends.
    06-03-2011, 06:38 PM
Green Broke
Depends on you, how you are carrying, how stable your pregnancy is, wht your horse is like and what you are doing.

Mum rode when carrying me, she was very fit and active, healthy had no issues with her pregnancy, she stuck to walk for the first 3 months and then continued to hack out and ride on the flat in the school on safe older horses practically up to the day I was born with absolutly no issues. It is the standing joke that I was nearly born in the saddle as mums waters broke at the stable yard.
With my brother on the other hand mum had a difficult pregnancy and did not ride at all.

I would take advice from your doctor and midwife, they will be more likely to know your unique situation and how well your body is likely to tolerate it. I personaly would not be jumping (couldnt live with myself if I had a fall and miscarried) but several top eventers have continued to compete whilst pregnant and I'm fairly sure one top dressage name did as well.
    06-03-2011, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
Everyone I know stopped riding after they found they were pregnant, under the principle that horses are unpredictable and one could fall at any time.
    06-03-2011, 06:57 PM
You're right Faye. Anky van Grunsven did dressage while pregnant, and MAry King and Daisy Dick both evented - and did really well - until 5 months or so. Can't work out if that's amazing or mad!
    06-03-2011, 07:00 PM
Green Broke
I'm working on the presumption that Mary king and daisy dick are slightly mad any way, I think you have to be mad to even attempt a 4* XC in the first place.
    06-03-2011, 07:20 PM
I listened to my body and rode almost my entire pregnancy, I really maintained the same activity level my entire pregnancy. I moved several hundred bales of hay with a few friends just a month before I delivered! I did not consult with my doctor on really anything that I did because I feel they always lean towards being overly cautious out of fear of being sued.
    06-03-2011, 07:23 PM
Ha! No doubt you were fit and strong and had a really short labour?! That sounds very impressive, I thought pregnancy was a good excuse not to do the dirty work!
    06-03-2011, 07:30 PM
Green Broke
My sister was a month overdue so my mum shifted a ton and a half of fire wood. 2 days later she delivered in 20 mins flat!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shots for Pregnant or Soon to be pregnant mares... ladybugsgirl Horse Breeding 1 05-04-2011 12:49 PM
Anyone ever ride the Chief Joseph Appalousa ride? tinyliny Trail Riding 1 02-08-2011 10:07 AM
1st Night ride, 4th bareback ride, 8th ride total Britt Horse Training 5 11-21-2010 10:03 PM
Pregnant or not Pregnant *funny* my2geldings Horse Pictures 11 11-19-2008 03:54 PM
can a small child still ride a pregnant pony boonesar Horse Breeding 4 12-05-2007 01:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0