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post #1 of 19 Old 07-09-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Riding while preggers

So, I just found out I'm pregnant! I've only been married for 3 weeks, and I haven't gone to a doctor yet to find out how far along I am, but I don't think that being a week late and two positive tests would lie.

I don't ride a whole lot, maybe once or twice a month, but suddenly the thought of not being able to ride at all makes me want to ride more! So I just wanted to get y'all's opinions on it.

I like posting things in this forum because I can get a variety of opinions-- I'd like to go ahead and remind you that no body is "right" or "wrong." All I want is just your opinion on how far into the pregnancy I can ride, or what your personal experiences are.

Of course there are risks with everything, risks of being kicked or falling, and even though I can say with confidence that my horses have never offered to kick or buck, there's still a chance.

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My friend rode up until the baby was three months due. She only walked the horse (20 yr old dead broke appy) around an arena though.
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My friend rode up until the baby was three months due. She only walked the horse (20 yr old dead broke appy) around an arena though.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking-- I don't do anything crazy anyway (mainly because my horse is a lazy cuss haha).
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I also figured that when I get too fat to actually get on the horse, I'll give up and wait. Or when I can't lift the saddle any more. hahaha
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If you use the search feature on the forum, and search on "Riding while pregnant" you'll find lots of threads on the same subject.

FWIW, I rode up until my 7 or 8th month, with my doctor's blessing, however, my circumstance were likely different than horses. Discuss it with your doctor and make you decisions from there.
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I honestly think that you should only ride until it becomes uncomfortable. And nothing psycho like jumping or barrel racing or anything. Trails or small amounts of arena riding shouldn't cause any harm, as long as these are fairly trustworthy horses!

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post #7 of 19 Old 07-09-2011, 02:20 PM
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I rode for the first couple of months while I was pregnant. I was riding a really hot mare, and after a while, all I thought about was what could happen to my baby if I got thrown. So I quit for a while. That little girl made a great riding partner for years until she found out about boys!
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I don't know....with my last I wouldnt but with my first 2 I did....my last was my last baby so I was very careful.
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With my son I rode until my due date. I'm currently 17 weeks and have a show tomorrow. You'll know when it's time to slow down. Trust your body!
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-09-2011, 05:10 PM
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a woman at my barn rode (jumpers) well into her pergnancy. she was/is really fit and she had her doctor's "Ok". You'll probably know when you can't ride anymore, and congrats on the baby!

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