Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I'm not yelling, I'm voicing my opinion. There's no way to emphasize anything so I used caps on certain words to exaggerate them.
I'll start with "she bred herself, thanks". Ummm...how exactly? Either you have a loosly kept stallion roaming or it was a whoops. I can understand a whoops in the case of the mare getting out and going to see the stallion...happened to me once, my 16 year old mare jumped the fence and ran down the road to see the stallion a couple farms over. Stuff happens and I get that, but by how you described it initially, there was no inkling that it was an unplanned event. Just that she was bred and you wanted to start a new training endevour.
The swamp thing I was just quoting your statement and I backed it up with a 3 year old should be able to handle that fine. Question though...how do you not know your mare is pregnant? Even if she did break out and get tagged by a stallion, first thing you do is get a vet check to confirm, not enter in a competition and hope for the best. How long have you had this filly?
And I fully agree that a bred mare is more than ridable...but it's designed to be stress free rides that keep her in shape, not stressful competitions with strange horses and new surroundings. Again, these are only my opinions and I'm not yelling at you. I rode most of my mares well into pregnancy, but the last trimester was strictly once a week walking up and down the road...stress to a seasoned broodmare can be devastating, nevermind a maiden filly. Personally, if she were my filly, regardless of how she got pregnant, I would be giving her the rest of her pregnancy off. Not to say she can't handle it, but you want her to have her best chance at a problem free delivery, no? Also, that's not to say you can't still work with her...I just wouldn't ride her through the rest because of the circumstances. Ground work, lunging, round penning, maybe some trick training...keep human time light and fun to keep her respectful, but nothing to stress her both physically or mentally.
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