There is a new mare at the ranch and she is in foal. The owners want me to ride her for them because her and her daughter can't ride at the moment. I feel bad about riding a mare in foal. Is this ok?
She was not being worked prior. The owners passed away and she is now at the ranch I ride at. She is about 6 months along. I didn't know if maybe light riding would be ok? I feel bad about it though, just wanted some opinions. She is a leopard Appy bred with a Friesian stallion if that helps any.There are countless threads on here that say it's just fine IF the mare is fit and you aren't upping her work load. So was the mare being worked before she came to you? (And yes, how far along is she?)
Sorry for being a little vague. I only planned on walk trot canter and ground work for respect since she is a new horse to me.Work means different things to different people. You could work her in walk at leg aids, or you could be barrel racing her. I'd work her very lightly, emphasis on the very lightly part.