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oopsydaisy 11-07-2010 08:39 PM

Riding mares in foal
When would you recommend stopping riding a mare which is in foal? Shes only about 4, and is also pretty green when ridden so take that into account :)

mbender 11-08-2010 07:47 AM

How many months is she? Some people ride them til their ready to pop but I wouldn't. Depends on how far along she is. I would ride her but nothing excessive. The riding is good for excersise and mentality.
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kevinshorses 11-08-2010 07:58 AM

Ride her till she pops then give her a couple of weeks off and start riding her again.

riccil0ve 11-08-2010 08:03 AM

They say when a woman is pregnant, she can ride like she usually does. I would guess applying the same rule to a pregnant mare would not be pushing it. As long as you aren't teaching her to jump half way through her term, or working her any harder than usual, you should be fine riding through most of the pregnancy.
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oopsydaisy 11-08-2010 08:17 AM

i'm also worried about riding her as she can sometimes get really stressed when ridden and start bucking and jumping abt etc, could this harm the foal? :shock: i've given her a break since abt feburary, because of the foal and also because i haven't had a lot of time to ride or school her, she was working really well so i thought i might as well let her have a break over summer, turn her out, and start again around now :-) but shes due to foal next spring :wink: so i dont know whether to start again, cos i'll obviously have to give her another break when the foal's born, or should i just wait and keep doing little bits with her until the foal is weaned when i start serious training again? its all a bit of a mess :cry:

riccil0ve 11-08-2010 08:20 AM

If riding still stresses her out, chances are there are some holes in her training that you can fix on the ground. Perhaps just stick with solidifying her groundwork so that she learns to trust you to take care of her. It will help when she has her foal too, so she will be comfortable letting you handle it.
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oopsydaisy 11-08-2010 08:25 AM

shes normally great on the ground, but a few months ago she had an injury on her leg which we had to wash every day and she didnt like it, and it got her really stressed and eventually we couldn't hold her and she started bucking and going mad :\ also she was on box rest so that sent her a bit looney as well :cry: thankfully, she calmed down and now she's fine again, but i think there probably are some trust issues we can work on, so i'll be doing plenty of groundwork and hopefully just spending lots of quality time with her, she loves a fuss :)

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 11-09-2010 12:45 PM

Definitely keep her conditioned well, whether it is working her on the ground, or riding.
The better shape she stays in, the easier the foaling will be on her, and the quicker she'll bounce back.

I rode my pregnant mare all summer and fall (of course she did not have any "stress" issues either). Quit once winter came and we had tons of snow....
The following spring she was sooo big, and just looked miserable, so I would never have even tried to ride her.
But I got lots of comments on how great she looked.
Foaling went well, and she got her "girlish figure" back in no time.
I started riding her again when her colt was three weeks old, but just very short ones so that Kizmit could follow along, as soon as he looked like he was ready for a nap or suckle we were done.

Enjoy that new baby when it arrives! They are just so precious, and grow up much too quickly......

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