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post #1 of 3 Old 07-15-2012, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Pregnant and training/riding horses

Hi all,

So because this is a bit of a grey area for me.. (i am not pregnant)
I know a bit of common sense has to come in to play, but who can tell me a bit about working with horses while still pregnant.
Starting a family isnt far down the track for me and I am currently training my young filly and will not want to leave my horse un touched just because I will be pregnant..
so, how far could you take it while being safe and what suggestions are there for the horse? Like I wouldnt want to leave her un touched.
Anyways, what have all you mothers done ?

Just curious, thanks! :)
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-15-2012, 07:38 PM
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nyx, do some search: I remember several threads about it. One most recent was in "Rider Wellness". :)

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I can't speak for myself because I have no children but I do know that my mom rode when she was pregnant with me until it was uncomfortable for her to fit in the saddle (her belly was too big and was too close to the horn). BUT, she was only riding our old dead broke horses at the time and never any kind of strenuous work. Just at a walk or sometimes a light trot.

I think, for me, if the doctor cleared the pregnancy as being healthy enough to ride, I would, but I would stick to my broke horses. I would continue to work the greenies from the ground, but I wouldn't get on one of them because the risk of falling would just be too high.

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