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    12-27-2011, 09:04 PM
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Foal
What should i do with my pregnant horse?

Ok so some of you may know I am riding a pregnant horse, who at this point doesn't mind me riding her too much. But right now since im looking for a new trainer, so I am looking for some ideas of what I can do with her.
What I have been doing with her lately is just bareback stuff, so I can get some balance. The owner has told me I can ride her up until she tells me to stop riding. So since she's fine now, can any of you recommend like exercises or activities we can do?
Backround:
She's a reining horse and constantly likes to be moving. This is her third or fourth foal and she is due here at the 1st of April. Lacy is HUGE but I like getting her out of her stall, and I would rather ride her then lounge.
So advice? Away!
     
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    12-27-2011, 10:11 PM
  #2
Foal
She will tell you. Don't exercise her any more than she is used to, and ease up some as she gets closer to her due date. I rode my mare up until she was about 7 months with her first one, didn't show her though. Just light walks around my property and up and down the road. (we live 2 miles down a dirt road) She got to the point where it was obvious that she was tired, so I backed off and let her relax for the rest of her pregnancy. I did take her for walks on a lead several times a week, just so she'd get some exercise though, she liked that. I rebred her when her filly was 9 weeks old, and I attempted to ride her a couple of times, and she detested the whole thing. Pinned her ears, didn't want to move, etc. She didn't even want me to touch her. She told me, that's for sure. LOL Was fine to ride shortly after foaling though, back to her old self. Have fun waiting for your baby! :)
     
    12-28-2011, 04:06 AM
  #3
Yearling
To be honest I would be giving this mare time off now - it's winter and always harder on a horse than any other time of year. She is 8 months in foal and the foal will now be rapidly increasing in size and weight and will become quite tiring for the mare to carry. I know my broodies tend to slow down around their th-9th months as they become more tired.

Walk her in hand for time together and groom her. She will enjoy that.
     
    12-28-2011, 10:50 AM
  #4
Foal
Thanks so much! She doesn't mind riding too much but I think ill try hand walking her and grooming her just so I can spend time with her. And thank you, I can't wait for her foal either!
     

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