I'm currently in the process of getting my mare in shape for doing a few limited distance 25 mile races. Potentially 2-3 this season. She has been ridden all winter, and will be regularly ridden 10-15(the odd ride longer) miles, 3+ times a week. I was hoping to breed her this year, compete on her all summer, then light riding into the winter and then out to pasture when she starts getting large, then back to doing some light trails in the fall, ponying her foal(then 4+ months old).
What do you think?
I know several people who have continued to do very strenuous things with their mares up until 8 months along, including one mare that was winning endurance rides 6 months pregnant.
I wont risk mare or foal. I know mares used to get worked as usual, right up until a couple months before foaling.