How soon do you start working a mare after she foals?

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    05-03-2012, 05:09 PM
How soon do you start working a mare after she foals?

Chanti has not been ridden since last September. She had her colt April 16 and so far she has been left alone to recuperate, gain her weight back,etc but I was wondering, how old is the foal when you normally start working the mare again? Rebel is broke to lead already but not broke to tie. I want to make sure he fully respects the halter first and then I'll start. When I lead Chanti anywhere Rebel usually takes that as his cue to run, buck, and jump up on her. She tolerates him so well The only thing I'm worried about is him jumping up on her/me while she's being ridden. He's learning manners already and I don't let him run up to me and rear or push into me but if I'm in the saddle I really can't stop him.
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    05-03-2012, 05:42 PM
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Normal goes out the window when the horse is already in a compromised condition. What would be advisable for a post-parting mare that had been properly maintained will not apply for your mare.
    05-05-2012, 10:56 AM
Yes I know that...but what I am asking is how long do people wait..what is the norm? I'm not riding her until she gains her weight back.
    05-05-2012, 11:20 AM
I am with themacpack. I wouldn't even be contemplating riding your mare. By the time you have her weight up to where it should be, it will more than likely be weaning time for that foal... So I don't see why you are asking... unless you are actually wanting to ride her now with her being underweight.... I know you are riding your "stud" while he is underweight, so that wouldn't honestly surprise me.

As to when others do it... well that varies from horse to horse and situation to situation. There is no set standard.
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    05-05-2012, 03:31 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
Yes I know that...but what I am asking is how long do people wait..what is the norm? I'm not riding her until she gains her weight back.
Having read what you have written under your avatar there, why would anyone take the trouble to answer, because your view of others opinions is clearly stated there.

My horses and dogs aren't perfect, and they are not superior, but they are kept in the best condition that I can.

To answer your question though, as someone else says it depends, a mare who is in good condition, at a good weight and fit with regular riding up until foaling can start again when the foal is a few weeks old.

A mare who is underweight and not fit, I would spend my time and energy getting her back up to weight first, while doing some in hand work to build her fitness and muscles again before you even think about getting on her.
    05-05-2012, 03:35 PM
As poor condition as she is in she needs all of what nutrition she can get to keeping from drawing down even more while nursing. Figure 4 months till weaning and another 6 months to put weight on, and she should be ready to work with next February...
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    05-06-2012, 08:24 PM
I don't see how it's going to take nearly a year to get her back into shape. Rebel will be weaned at around 4 months, gelded as soon as he drops. Since we have been able to lease the neighbors pasture she should start to put weight and muscle on quickly and I will continue to feed grain until Rebel is weaned.

I was just wanting to know if people worked the mare with their foal running loose with them or if they waited until the foal was weaned.
    05-06-2012, 08:26 PM
And we haven't ridden Sundance in a while now. He is in the temp pen until he is gelded, hopefully within the next few weeks. When he was being rode it was only about 2 hours once a week. Not enough to hurt him at all.
    05-06-2012, 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
I don't see how it's going to take nearly a year to get her back into shape.
Because she is in such rough shape, and now she has 4 months of feeding a baby as well, if you think it's hard to keep weight on a pregnant mare, a lactating one will shock you.

Before you ride her she has to gain back fat AND MUSCLE, and that takes time.
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    05-06-2012, 08:41 PM
For reference for people posting in this thread, this is the current condition of the mare:

IMO, there is no way this mare will be in condition to ride until sometime after the foal is weaned; and not then without extensive changes to the mare's management and feeding.
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