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hennisntacanibal 10-05-2011 01:22 PM

Anyone Else Ride While Pregnant?
My husband and I are expecting our first child in just a couple months. While talking with my doctor about acceptable exercise routines (she also rides), she told me I had to quit rock climbing :-( but that I could keep riding for as long as it was comfortable. I figured I would stop when I got too big to fit in the saddle, or thereabouts. Fortunately for me, I'm pretty tall, so it wasn't until I hit the seventh month marker that I started showing at all, and I still ride four times a week, though I've had to slow down some and we did put restrictions on what I could do. Right now I can only ride for about an hour before I get tired, and anything that is outside regular flatwork (ie jumping, gaming, riding unpredictable horses) is out until my pregnancy is over.

Anyone else out there who's pregnant and still riding or rode while they were pregnant? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

Poco1220 10-05-2011 01:24 PM

I'll be 30 weeks Saturday and am still riding. (flat and trail)
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Red Gate Farm 10-05-2011 02:05 PM

I rode while I was pregnant. Mostly trail riding. The rocking motion felt pretty good :D. The only thing that stopped me in the 7th month was my belly was so "out there" that I couldn't get close enough to mount!

hennisntacanibal 10-05-2011 02:12 PM

@Poco: I just hit 31 weeks yesterday!
@Red Gate: I just started using a mounting block because my belly's in the way to get my foot in the stirrup. :)

dee 10-05-2011 04:55 PM

I rode while I was pregnant - but not very often because I didn't have my own horse at the time.

One of the women in the roundup club I belonged to not only rode, but competed in barrels until just a couple of weeks before her babies were born (separate occasions.) NOTHING slowed her down! I saw a horse slip and fall with her while she was about six months pregnant with her first child. I thought both mother and baby were gonners, but the horse stood up, then she stood up...then she jumped back on and they took off again!

MHFoundation Quarters 10-05-2011 04:58 PM

I rode while pregnant, no greenies of course & I quit when I felt my balance was too off at about 7 1/2 months.

Poco1220 10-05-2011 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by hennisntacanibal (Post 1192046)
@Poco: I just hit 31 weeks yesterday!
@Red Gate: I just started using a mounting block because my belly's in the way to get my foot in the stirrup. :)

Aww a December baby! Girl or boy? (girl here). My first pregnancy I rode until my due date. When my saddle no longer fit my belly I ride on a pad and surcingle lol. Right now I can still easily mount but as I get bigger my choices are either climb a fence, use a block, or my horse is trained to lay down for me if I'm not using a saddle.
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hennisntacanibal 10-05-2011 10:30 PM

We are having a little girl as well! Tonight I rode and I'm so tired, but I also have a cold so hopefully when I get better I won't be so exhausted.
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HarleyWood 10-26-2011 12:25 AM

The lady i got my 4 year old horse from rode him hes half broke and sh wore spurs on him and he bucked and she took off the spurs and kept riding. She had a beautiful girl a month ago. But her doc said until she is uncomfertable she can ride and not to fall off. Haha.
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HorseyyGal 10-27-2011 04:36 PM

A friend of mine competed in show jumping up until she was 7 months gone! She had a TINY bump :lol:

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