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post #1 of 17 Old 03-24-2009, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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My mustang is 9 1/2 months pregnant and I am still riding her. I have heard some people say it is okay and others say not to ride after 8 months. So my question to ya'll is, is it bad to ride her this close to her due date? I have been riding her on gravel roads, like 14 miles the other day. She trotted some on her own going up hills and she doesn't seem worn out. She is a pretty sturdy mare. I don't want to do anything that will hurt her or the colt, but I also love riding and she is my only horse at the moment... so... what do you think? :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-24-2009, 05:25 PM
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I usually ride till about a month before they are due to foal, but it kind of depends on the mare. Some seem to get annoyed at being ridden earlier or later than others. If she's not seeming worn out she should be fine for now. It is good to ride them while they are pregnant as it keeps them in shape. As long as she's not doing any hard work she should be ok.
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Oh, thank you! That sounds great to me. She is not cranky yet, so that is good. :) I also figured it was good for them to get ridden at least some during pregnancy for exercise. :)
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Yah, as long as she seems fine, I'm sure it will be ok. Mares sure have a way of letting you know when they are unhappy about something! It will probably make foaling easier for her too if she gets exercise and is in good shape.
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Okay, good, then i'll just keeping riding her all over! :)
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um, I had one more question, do you know how much should I let her trot? She trots on her own going up hills is that okay? Thanks again! :)
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I'm sure that should be fine as long as she doesn't seem to be tiring herself out. I've trotted most pregnant mares, except one who had a breathing problem. But I don't trot them as long as non-pregnant ones of course. Just shorter rides. But if she is trotting 'cus she wants to, I'm sure she must be feeling up to it. Hope this helps!
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yeah she doesn't seem to tire...so great! Thanks :)
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I rode my mare up until the last two weeks of her pregnancy and we walked, trotted, cantered, and galloped and went on very long trail rides up mountains and everything... she was fine and let me know when she was ready to quit riding roughly two weeks before her foal was born.

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-24-2009, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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oh wow! Okay! That sounds great, my horse is really sturdy so if she can I will try that too. I like riding on back roads, so that probably isn't as hard as trail riding? Thanks!
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