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        05-15-2012, 12:40 PM
      #11
    Started
    I rode my entire pregnancies with both of my kids. With my son I rode up until my due date and had him the next day. With my daughter I rode until the final weeks and only stopped due to weather interference.

    My doctor did talk to me honestly and said they are usually required to tell you that riding is dangerous because of liability insurance issues. However she told me that in reality if it's something you do often before your pregnancy it is safe to continue during pregnancy. Just don't push yourself and be on a safe horse in case of falls.

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    Also, if you look at my profile picture here I was about 6 months pregnant! That was my last show for the season but I did trail ride and pasture/road ride for the rest of the time.
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        05-15-2012, 04:31 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I actually just found out I am pregnant also...so although I havent had the chance to really get to know my new boy , I will be riding him until I feel that I am unable to do this safely. He is soft and gentle by nature and I am sure that I will be able to continue with his training for quite some time. Someone mentioned about clicker training, I am also interested in parelli play - any ideas where to start? Congrats Neon !!!!!!!!!
         
        05-23-2012, 05:08 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Congratulations for being pregnant. I chose not to ride while I was pregnant because I was not willing to risk the consequences of a potential fall. Anybody can get ditched on any ride. It happens. I was not pregnant forever (though it seemed like I was at the time). Both my kids are grown and moved out. I have plenty of time to ride now.
         
        12-04-2012, 09:13 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I am glad I found this thread as I am just now 4 months pregnant. I don't own a horse, but I rode and Jumped (only trot jumps and small grids) up until 13 weeks. After my first trimester, I stopped taking lessons.

    However, my trainer knows how addicted to riding I am and she has offered to let me hop on one of the ponies that can only walk and do VERY light trotting. She is super quiet. I haven't ridden in a few weeks, but I want to try to ride at least a few more times before I call it quits for good. My doctor actually gave me full permission to ride until it just becomes too uncomfortable for me. As much as I trust this little mare and my riding abilities (especially at the walk and trot), I still feel apprehensive. Even the most bomb proof of horses can spook or act silly. Still trying to decide what to do. I am going crazy not riding.
         
        12-04-2012, 09:50 PM
      #15
    Foal
    When my best friend was pregnant she rode with me every weekend until she was just about due. 2 weeks later.. she was standing in the isle holding her horse while the farrier trimmed feet and her water broke.
    She waited till her 3 horses got trimmed and we B lined it to the hospital.
    She gave birth 6 hours later to a healthy baby boy.
    When she found out she was pregnant we slowed down on trails, kept to walking mostly and light trotting.
    Every so often she would get a kick or two from the baby and really really have to pee...
    Now, can you imagine a 6 month pregnant lady, squatting next to her horse on a trail. Just laughing historically as she trys to pee.. (priceless)
    Her trail horse was a very comfortable morgan gelding. So she never flinched in the saddle.

    I believe if I have the blessing of children I will most certainly ride pregnant until I can't get into the saddle.
    Although my friend carried a soccer ball around, she barely looked pregnant.
    I couldnt get that lucky LOL
         
        12-04-2012, 11:31 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I rode up until about my 6th month ( almost 8 months now)... My doctor told me I could keep riding until the 20 week or so because the baby was still low and protected.. also balance can be affected when you start showing- wich I found to be true, I hoped on our newest mare and she just humped her back and popped up a little (tiny crow hop- her feet didnt even leave the ground)..I flew forward and that really made me realize how off balance I was getting. So no more riding for me until after baby.. I have been doing everything else horse related though..feeding, moving all three all at once to and from pasture everyday..lunging ect.. hell I even had to chuck a little hay today..

    I think it all depends on the person, and how you handle pregnancy ( how slackmuscles have gotten,ligaments stretch ). I have a cowgirl friend who was still cutting well into her pregnancy and even won a saddle!
         

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