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The title says it all. I'm surprised that all my riding gear still fits. Even though the jacket is REALLY hard to zip up. ;) So when Baby Q arrives, hopefully she'll be a natural equestrian.


For reference, this was taken about a week ago, my preggo belly:


And here's Mr. Husband riding. He's probably ridden about 30 times, he's getting pretty good at it! He makes Java look like he's only 14 hh, LMAO.




ETA: We show Western Pleasure AQHA and this is where his head carriage stays. So no, not all Western Pleasure horses are peanut rollers - and we place very well, too. He is a slow moving guy, sure. But his gaits are true and his carriage is natural.
 

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I just noticed that Java's neck and throat latch are getting a bit fluffy and chunky. Looks like the neck sweat will be making an appearance this spring. ;)
 

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awwww! That's awesome. Good for you for riding while pregnant. Some people are too scared. But, looks like you have a trustworthy horse to get on!

Congrats and I look forward to seeing pics/hearing stories of Baby Q!
 

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awwww! That's awesome. Good for you for riding while pregnant. Some people are too scared. But, looks like you have a trustworthy horse to get on!

Congrats and I look forward to seeing pics/hearing stories of Baby Q!

Thanks! Yeah, he's a good guy to ride, I trust him as much as you possibly can trust a horse (which for me is quite a lot!)
 

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Well I won't post my thoughts about riding when you are pregnant but on a different note, you have stunning horse. It's wonderful to see your husband being involved with your horse! Hard to believe you are that far along, you look tiny for being 8 months pregnant :shock:
 

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You should make the babies middle name after the horse then:)
 

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I rode into my eighth month with my third pregnancy. I only gained 11 lbs. the whole pregnancy. I was not comfortable riding that long with the first two, though. I think we're a pretty good judge of what we can and can't handle. :)
 

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I rode into my eighth month with my third pregnancy. I only gained 11 lbs. the whole pregnancy. I was not comfortable riding that long with the first two, though. I think we're a pretty good judge of what we can and can't handle. :)
Yeah, I was very surprised to be riding this long. But, I haven't gained any weight and I have still maintained my balance so I'm not complaining! Haha!
 

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You guys also look like a young family?, are you?
I'm trying to find some role models, I'm engaged and 19, and after 4 years of dating I'm still madly in love.
 

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Very cute little preggers belly! And I love his headset, and am so happy you embrace proper frame and movement in the western pleasure discipline, two thumbs up, you are a champ!
 

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Well I won't post my thoughts about riding when you are pregnant but on a different note, you have stunning horse. It's wonderful to see your husband being involved with your horse! Hard to believe you are that far along, you look tiny for being 8 months pregnant :shock:

A lot of people have different opinions on doing things will pregnant. I feel that it's really up to the individual, though. I feel that I'm more likely to get hurt walking on my own two feet than horseback riding. Haha, seriously, I am much more likely to fall down stairs than fall off a horse. I have no idea why that is.

I'm happy to see my husband involved, too. It's only taken him seven years to get here. ;)

And thanks, I do look small. Only in the past two or so weeks have you been able to tell that I'm actually pregnant. I think it's from horseback riding, it's kept my abs in shape and the muscle is holding Baby Q in. That's probably not true, but that's what I figure.
 

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That's awesome! My pregnancies have always been high risk so I've never been able to ride during it. I'm super jealous!
I was high risk into my second trimester, but not for anything that horseback riding would have impacted. Mainly I went into pregnancy considered high risk, then with a lot of monitoring (an ultrasound a month and a doc appointment every two weeks) they decided that everything was going spectacularly well and that I was just a regular pregnancy again.

ETA: It's because I had a complicated migraine from taking birth control pills. So doctors were unsure how I would react to natural hormones.
 

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You guys also look like a young family?, are you?
I'm trying to find some role models, I'm engaged and 19, and after 4 years of dating I'm still madly in love.
Yes, we are a young family. My husband and I are both 23. Our life together has gone like so:

I was 16 and he was 17 when we started dating.
He moved to California when we were 18.
I moved to California when we were 19.
When I had just turned 20 (he was 20 as well) we got married.
At the age of 21 we moved to North Carolina and purchased our first home.
I was 22 and he was 23 when we started trying to have a baby and when Baby Q arrives we'll both be 23.

I finished high school early and got college out of the way. We are both happily working in the careers we will be in for the rest of our lives. Amazingly, we never had a "break" in our relationship. We were always very happy with one another and committed, even long-distance. It has taken work and effort on our parts, but the rewards are amazing. :)
 

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Very cute little preggers belly! And I love his headset, and am so happy you embrace proper frame and movement in the western pleasure discipline, two thumbs up, you are a champ!

Thanks! I wish I could say it was always that way. Unfortunately, up until approximately five years ago he was a peanut roller. It was the only way to win a class. Then, they started asking for true movement in classes and we were able to relax his frame into his true movement and I couldn't be happier with it. Now, not all AQHA shows are like that even now, but I really think they're on there way. I showed in the mid-west and it was really give or take on judges. One day we'd place first and the next day we wouldn't place at all. Then the judging became more consistent. I haven't attended a mid-atlantic coast show yet (we live in North Carolina now) to see how the horses move, but I'm REALLY hoping it's more natural because I'd hate to have to force him into an uncomfortable frame again just to get points.
 

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I'm in love with you two, haha (in a non-creepy way).
Whenever I tell people we're engaged and how old we are they immediately freak out. They always tell me I'm too young and I need to get out in the world, and the one I hate is "you don't know what love is at your age". I've been in college, and have met so many people, I still am madly in love. We never have major fights and in out four years haven't even talked about having a break.

I'm proud of you three =)
 

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I'm in love with you two, haha (in a non-creepy way).
Whenever I tell people we're engaged and how old we are they immediately freak out. They always tell me I'm too young and I need to get out in the world, and the one I hate is "you don't know what love is at your age". I've been in college, and have met so many people, I still am madly in love. We never have major fights and in out four years haven't even talked about having a break.

I'm proud of you three =)

Yeah, we got that all the time. We always told ourselves we'd just prove them wrong and so far, we have and we intend to continue doing so. I was able to experience the world, I was just able to share those experiences with a person I am in love with.

It's somewhat strange, call it intuition, but at age 16 I could tell you I would spend the rest of my life with my husband. Granted, I was in no way ready to marry him, but I knew in my heart that together was where we were supposed to be.

Now, throughout the years we've experienced our fair share of changes. I won't deny that people change as they age and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. For us, it only brought us closer. He has deployed multiple times to Iraq and of course, it has changed him. However, it did nothing bad to our relationship, instead it brought us MUCH closer together.

I used to become irritated with the people who told me whatever. But looking back I think I've come to realize they were uncomfortable with our happiness and weren't happy themselves, so they would try to bring us down. A huge part of me feels so bad for some of these people (friends, family, coworkers - all of different ages) because if only they could realize that happiness IS out there, they just have to be a bit less pessimistic about love.
 
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