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post #1 of 14 Old 07-26-2008, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Riding while pregnant

What are your opinions on riding pregnant? Would you do it? Would you not? What are your reasons?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-26-2008, 03:46 AM
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I dont know if i would do it and i dont plan on getting pregnant soon (im 16 lol) but my mum rode right up until about a month or so before i was due Musnt have been very confortable lol
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-26-2008, 03:59 AM
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I might just at the start of the pregnacy, I wouldn't want to take any risks though. SoI would prolly only ride for the first month. One fall can equal the lose of a baby. I would only do quiet riding as well, I wouldn't go around hooning left right and centre, just here and there I might do a canter or so.

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post #4 of 14 Old 07-26-2008, 11:56 AM
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Okay so I AM pregnant (11 wks.) and I ride, I don't see anything
wrong with it as long as you're being careful and have supervision,
I think things will be fine. I even still compete at playdays, of course
my horse is SLOW and the most I can do right now with her is a fast trot.

But that is MY opinion and it's me who is taking a risk,
so I'm not asking anyone to quote me and get on my case. :roll:
I know some women who claimed to have ridden up until their
8th month...me I'm not doing that.

I'd just say be careful, get someone to keep an eye on you,
or you can always ride in a round pen for extra safety precautions.

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-26-2008, 12:27 PM
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I've never been preggers but I know most Dr.'s say whatever physical activity you did prior to pregnancy (jogging, aerobics etc.) you can do for awhile after your pregnant. I think if you take it easy and you have a horse you have faith in there should be no problem.

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-27-2008, 06:41 AM
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I personally don't see any problem riding while pregnant. I think its a personal choice and it would be wise to consider how the horse would feel once you get near the end! See how it goes and if it really stresses you out then don't do it. Same as when you get near the end of your pregnancy and its unconfortable for you and/or your horse.

have fun!

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-27-2008, 12:52 PM
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I would not do it. This is my opinion only, not to take personally:)

"a number of studies documenting high rates of injury and death among horse riders in general"

" In Germany , one quarter of all lethal sports injuries are caused by horse riding"

Horseback riding is considered an extreme sport already to begin with, taking aside an child in the womb. There are so many risks involved with pregnancy not involving riding or horses, why increase your risk by riding.A lot of jarring once you're into your second trimester could cause enough pressure on your cervix to induce labor.

I think it's a great time to enjoy your horses for 9 months and be selfish. Take care of yourself, treat yourself and take some time off. Enjoy yourself and relish all those little moments while waiting for your miracle.

It just doesn't make sense to me why one would take the risk :)

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-27-2008, 02:02 PM
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My dr. told me not to ride while pregnant, and seen how my dr. knows more about health, health risks and so on, I took her advice and didn't ride while I was carrying my son.

I feel that riding while pregnant is risk, not one that I'd be willing to take. It's a risk not only for you, but for your child as well, and why would you put your child in a potential harm's way? I know I wouldnt.

Yea, your horse may be the calmest EVER, but what if something were to happen, and you were to fall off, or kicked, or knocked over. To me it's seems like a silly risk, one that to me, is a no brainer.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-28-2008, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I've never been preggers but I know most Dr.'s say whatever physical activity you did prior to pregnancy (jogging, aerobics etc.) you can do for awhile after your pregnant. I think if you take it easy and you have a horse you have faith in there should be no problem.

I rode through all my pregnancies til I was unable to fit in the saddle. (about 8 months +)
I didn't do my 20 mile rides but I did ride. Towards the end, I would just ride in the arena at a walk even though I own gaited horses, it was easier on the baby and me.
Oh, and all this was accepted by my Doctor.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-28-2008, 01:14 PM
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my trainer rode until she gave birth! lol and as soon as her daughter could walk she wanted to ride horses, so mayb theres a connection! lol.

when i'm pregnant i will ride bc i trust my horse, he has been everywhere and done everything and i have yet to find something that spooks him, and when he did spook when i first got him all he did was a little tiny hop in place that was more like o no what was that but not enough for even my 5 yr old nephew would fall off too.

so i guess it depends on ur preference and if u trust ur horse, i know my horse has done everything to try and protect me instead of letting me get hurt.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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