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    09-02-2009, 12:49 PM
pregnant and riding?

Hey everyone,
So I am 6.5 months pregnant and still riding (much to my husband's dismay.) He keeps telling me I need to stop and I keep throwing out excuses. The way I see it is:
1. Riding makes me happy. I feel better after having done it, it gets me outside and I bond with my horses.
2. It gets me the excercise I need. Mind you I am very tired after the morning at the farm, but that's part of the package.
3. I have given up my barrel racing training, my lessons and even taking Kirin into open areas. I strictly trail ride and it's always under strict supervision (my father is so overprotective of me during my pregnancies.)
The way he sees it:
1. I am risking the life of our child.
Mind you I am not an expert rider by any means, but I have an excellent relationship with my horse and can read him like a book.
Does/did anyone else ride during their pregnancies? Does anyone have any feelings/opinions about it? I was really, really hoping to ride until I felt I was not comfortable (too tired, too fat to sit the saddle, too hard on my hips/pelvis.)
Thanks! (Please no nasty comments, my hormonal state might push me into a snickers-eating frenzy!)
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    09-02-2009, 01:30 PM
Yup, I'm pregnant and still riding. All my doctors look at me like I have horns growing out of my head, but whatever.

I have been riding for 20 years, I have trained my 11 year old horse from when he was a yearling. I ride bareback, walk, jog and lope.

He's western pleasure trained, so his gaits are smooth as butter, so I'm not concerned about jarring motions. Also, my chances of falling off are pretty much the same as me getting into a car accident. I'm not concerned.

You really aren't going to harm your baby unless you get into a freak accident. And really, freak accidents happen in non-horse related areas, too.

A baby in the womb is not going to be harmed by just horseback riding. If you're a regular horseback rider. I wouldn't recommend a pregnant person to ride if they hadn't been regularly before that. Babies sit pretty safely in the womb, so in my non-doctor opinion, there's nothing to worry about unless you have an atypical pregnancy.
    09-02-2009, 01:45 PM
Green Broke
I have three girls and with number 1 I stopped riding at 5 months for my husband. With number 3 I rode into my 8th month until it just plain became too uncomfortable. My doctor told me doing what my body was accustomed to was fine, but don't start trying new things such as jumping fences.
    09-02-2009, 01:49 PM
I am pregnant right now and I ride, my husband only allows me to walk though and not trot, lol. He says it will bounce my baby around and I told them it is probably no different than when I run, but hey, as long as he lets me ride even at a walk, I am happy. I am only 10 weeks into my pregnancy though, my doctor told me I should atleast wait till the 2nd trimester, so I have actually been holding out and riding maybe 1 a week for about 30 min, but once I am in my 2nd trimester you can bet I will be riding all the time. :)
    09-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Green Broke
I agree with what Sixx said (although I must admit that I have not been pregnant yet!!) What I've heard is that the risk you take as far as falling is concerned is more a risk to yourself and not the baby (as long as you have a healthy pregnancy and are not high risk). They tell people not to ride because as the baby is taking your nutrients, your bones would be more likely to break if you were to fall, so the risk is more to yourself. As Sixx mentioned, the baby is pretty safe in there! Now, I do also agree with what Sixx said that you shouldn't start doing something new if you haven't done it before, that's just a general rule of thumb when you're pregnant. But if you were riding before, I don't see the harm at all.

I'd like to think when I do get pregnant some day I'll still ride as well up until I'm too uncomfortable to ride anymore. I may not be JUMPING then or anything, but still riding hopefully! I'm hoping my husband will understand too, although I have heard from some others in this situation that their husbands feel the same way as yours me, it's like "Hey, I'm the one carrying our child around, puking every morning, and I have to deliver our child, and you're doing squat so shut it!" LOL
    09-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Congrats on the pregnancy! I pretty much stick to walking and occasionally a very light trot, Kirin's canter is wonderful but at my hubby's request I don't do it. I've been riding for about 3 years so I would consider that pretty regular ;) I told him about the whole "I could get killed crossing the street" thing. My horse causing bodily harm never really even crossed my mind, he's rock steady.
    09-02-2009, 01:54 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by BrokenWings    
I told him about the whole "I could get killed crossing the street" thing.
LOL I use that one a LOT! Especially when people say things like "Oh don't jump! Look what happened to Christopher Reeves!!" I'm like ugh geez, I could trip over a rock walking to my car, land wrong on my neck, and the SAME thing could happen to me!
    09-02-2009, 01:55 PM
That's what my dr told me too, except riding. He said a pregnant woman should not ride or ski, I said nuts to that I am not dead.
I did notice in my last ride it is starting to bother my hips, but I'll play it by ear. When you said you were uncomfortable, was it your back/bum/hips?
    09-02-2009, 01:56 PM
Yay! I hope all goes well for you!
    09-02-2009, 01:58 PM
Foal true. I was sooo sick in the beggining and I would lunge my horse and throw up. It was so gross!
I was training for barrel racing when I found out I was pregnant, so obviously that stopped right away. I think the same should be said for jumping (I can't imagine jumping a horse with a big huge baby bump!!)

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