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post #1 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Preggo Showmanship?

Hey! Just wondering what the general concensus is on this...
I'm 21 weeks preggo and have started prepping for showmanship at a few local shows in the early summer before baby arrives. I've told a few people that I want to show pregnant, and they all think I'm nuts! A few people said the judges woluld not like it. They said something about not wanting to see a pregnant lady running with a horse in an arena....
And the whole clothing thing is a delemma too. I am still searching for a good outfit. I just don't want to waste my time and what little energy I have prepping for this if I have like NO shot, KWIM?
I need some honest opinions here.

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 04:02 PM
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[QUOTE=shesinthebarn;581201 They said something about not wanting to see a pregnant lady running with a horse in an arena....[/QUOTE]

That ticks me off...
I say go for it. You should stay as active as you were before the pregnancy. I would say you would probably have to get cloths tailored. I just bought a size up on western shirts and the stretchy Aurora pants during mine. Good luck!
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post #3 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 04:55 PM
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I think you should defiantly do it!! My riding instructor has done it multiple time! She has even showed riding when she was pregnant!

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I also say go for it, it's much safer than riding while pregnant. And it's not like you're sprinting across the arena...
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 06:29 PM
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I'd say go for it and tell them to kiss it if they have anything to say. It's your decision, and if you are active before your pregnancy then you should be just fine now. I know at least one rider in my area that rode and showed her horses within weeks of her due date!!! (not saying its good or bad, but it is possible for some people...personally I would be too scared)
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 06:51 PM
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Show preggers show!! Lol Who cares if they like it, I think it says something about your love of what you do if you keep doing it while pregnant. Have you tried anything on the idea we came up with in the other thread?

One bit of advice I will give, if if you are going to have to be doing any trotting, wear something supportive over your belly under your clothes, they have special belly supporters for runners and such when they are pregnant, you could look into them. They will save you a lot of back pain and bouncing baby belly lol.

Anyone gives you crap, just tell em " I'm pregnant, not dead!"

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post #7 of 17 Old 03-20-2010, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this is my opinion - I'm pregnant, not sick or crippled. I Do 15 stalls every day, haul hay and feed, so why can't I do showmanship? I have just gotten a lot of negative comments about it, mostly from men. I think that many people still have it in their minds that when you are pregnant, you are a shy violet, a wilting lily...
HS, yes I have looked into what we were talking about in the other thread(show clothes). My problem is still the jacket. I'm pretty tall, and the jackets are not fitting right so far. I'm still searching.

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post #8 of 17 Old 03-21-2010, 04:04 PM
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There is nothing wrong with you doing showmanship. They should have no issues with it either. Heck, I look 20 weeks pregnant on a bad day, so if they are guessing they would be guessing half of us pregnant. LOL. Sorry, but it's true, me included. ( or maybe just me. Hahahah) As you well know a healthy pregnancy can not stop you from doing what you have been doing prior to pregnancy, so if you must explain that to a concerned judge [ as I am sure they are just concerned for your safety, right] then do so, they may welcome the education.
Just be sure to post some pregger pics of you showing! Nothing like getting yer kiddos an early start in the horse biz. :-}
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Ha, If I lived near you, I'd strap on a faux belly in a heart beat and trot right in behind you XD

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-21-2010, 08:26 PM
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Go for it, as long as it is safe (you seem just as active around horses as if you weren't pregnant too, so obviously, your body can handle it). :)

I knew one lady who was an aerobics instructor throughout her whole pregnancy, it definitely didn't hurt her or the baby in any way and people were amazed :P

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