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        09-11-2011, 10:17 PM
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    I'm not brave enough to get into this one. But dad may have a thought or two on the subject.
    Good luck
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        09-11-2011, 10:38 PM
    I rode my 2 year old until I was around 5 months along. We did trail and arena riding, western saddle. However, there came a point where the saddle horn seemed to be not a good idea in case we had a wreck so I stopped at that point. My doctor would have let me ride up until the last 2 months - he said that if I broke my leg it would make the delivery more difficult and so that's the only thing he was worried about. He said that the baby was safer tucked into all those bony cradles than I was...

    I definitely think that the pasture riding without jumping or chasing cows or anything high energy (read: potentially more dangerous than a relaxing ride) should be fine for most of your pregnancy.

    PS - the prenatal class I was in had us doing squatting exercises to strengthen our backs and legs. I could do them forever; the other moms were in agony! That's one good thing about staying in shape from horseback riding!
        09-11-2011, 10:58 PM
    @ Stan, lol yeah he's got a lot to say bout it lol this is our first baby (as yall can probably tell) he's just as horsey as me but he's been super strict with me lol, he didnt even let me vacum the floor for awhile.
    @paco - that makes me feel better now I just want to go out side like right now and go horseback riding but of course the hubby is shanking his head no till the doc says ok :/ husbands/dads so overly protective ;)

    Thank you all for the great advice!! :)
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        09-12-2011, 01:19 AM
    The only problems I ever found with riding later in pregnancy were mounting since belly got in the way (fences helped and my horse is now trained to lay down so much simpler) and fitting in a saddle (I eventually just used a surcingle and pad last time). You'll know when to take it easier or to stop altogether. Trust yourself and your body in those aspects. It really helped me with my last pregnancy as I was having a ton of problems with feet and leg swelling and riding got me active without using my legs much which helped with circulation and let the swelling go down immensely!
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        09-12-2011, 05:32 AM
    I didnt have my horse broket ill this summer, but last summer while I was pregnant I rode our motorcycle with my husband (be prepared for people telling you that you shouldnt, and it gets SUPER irritating). BUT I got very big very quick. I was all belly! I was all belly and at 4 months I looked 8months. (I had a rather large baby, lol)... but I had to give up the bike at 4 month, b/c my hips would hurt and the bouncing yanked on everything inside me(back, bladder, lungs)!

    If the doctor oks, it great! I would if I had a trusted horse, and the docs ok. But if you ever start feeling uncomfortable, its time to hang up the boots for the well being of the baby. And baby's r precious so if ur ever unsure, just don't ride. Congrats on ur little bundle of cuteness! And you too 1taresue!

    It does suck when you have to give it up, but you can learn to crochet, lol... make a blanket! Hopefully ur doc is a horse guy, b/c if he's not experienced with this or horses he may say no w/o researching....
        09-12-2011, 09:49 AM
    @ poco, Oh gosh I bet, I don't think im even going to try and get on my 16 hander when I gots a belly lol.
    @Wmay, wow how much did ur baby weigh after he/she came out?
    And I sure hope my docter is a horsey person I know one thing the docter is going to be female! Lol!
        09-12-2011, 10:36 PM
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    I was scanning this thread earlier, and then saw this video. Skip to 4:45 for the part i'm about.
        09-13-2011, 01:14 AM
    Originally Posted by vikki92    
    @ poco, Oh gosh I bet, I don't think im even going to try and get on my 16 hander when I gots a belly lol.
    @Wmay, wow how much did ur baby weigh after he/she came out?
    And I sure hope my docter is a horsey person I know one thing the docter is going to be female! Lol!
    It doesnt sound big until you know a few things! Im 128lbs and 5'3" tall AND this was my first child. I was induced at 37 weeks and gave birth to a 8lb9 1/2 oz baby boy! He actually got stuck behind my cervix. He was just too big formy little frame! They used thongs to free him, but if that didnt work, we were off to emergency surgery.... not sure if the thongs were a better way to go tho. I had a 4th degree tear!

    Most babies (like me!) are a little over 6lbs.

    My sis in law is 6'0 tall and a larger frame, and an 8lb baby is nothing to her, lol!
        09-13-2011, 08:52 PM
    @sunny, that's crazy good thing im not going to be jumping if I do go riding.

    @ Wmay, omg that's one of the things im scared bout is the tearing part gives me chills, im 5.2 and not prego I was 120 but now im bout 130 :/ I just hope I don't have a huge baby lol.
        09-13-2011, 11:09 PM
    LOL, well, my husband is 6'5 and 240lbs, so there was a good chance of a huge baby, lol! AND my OBGYN (while I really loved him) said if he had realized the baby would b so big, we would have just done a c-section right away.... Well, duh! I was huge! How could he not know! LOL, I really did look pregnant with twins.

    Ur probably safe tho, lol! :) If not message me and we will attack ur OB!

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