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        10-24-2012, 01:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by Prairie Rose    
    I raised 3 kids while riding my horses and being a working mom.
    I do understand your fears, very much so.

    I try to be careful, and in my situation, the pleasure I get from my horses keeps me a happier person.

    A happy mom is a good mom. :)
    Absolutely agreed - especially with the bolded. The fact of the matter is, life is full of risks - yes, riding is a voluntary one but, ultimately the same can be said of many of the things people would say are necessary (ie riding in/driving a vehicle, etc). All you can do is take reasonable precautions to minimize the risk.
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        10-24-2012, 01:18 PM
    I'm a mom of two, my youngest is 4 years old. I had the same internal battle with myself when I started riding again over a year ago. Hubby too. But you know what? I can't give up what makes me the happiest in life, so I do it as safely as I can. I bought a sane, sensible horse. I wear a helmet every ride. I don't jump or compete in anything more dangerous that I need to. Now when I get cranky, my 10 year old says "Mom, you need some horse time." The time with my horse makes me a better mom, a better wife, and happier than I've ever been. Plus, the kids adore the they want to ride!
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        10-24-2012, 09:30 PM
    You could slip in the bathtub too! Go riding. Parents give so much to their children. It's not at all selfish to have something for yourself. If anything, your sense of reluctance will make you a better rider since you will have a healthy respect for what can go wrong and won't do anything stupid.
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        10-24-2012, 09:36 PM
    I never really even thought about it being unfair to my kids if I rode. I did stop riding while I was pregnant. I made a much better mother for being able to retain my sanity. One thing that I have always had going for me is that my husband, the father of my children, is a great parent. I always knew that he would be there for them. Riding is an inherently risky sport. It also helps keep me sane, and insanity is risky. I am not saying this lightly. I really need this.
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