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Horseback Riding during Pregnancy

Hi girls!  Newbie here but I have a question.

I have been riding the last 8 years of my life and can't imagine not having my barn time.  I mostly ride english and my mare is pretty smooth.  I've had her for just over a year, so I know her well.  I have ridden probably a dozen times during my pregnancy already because I only found out 3 days ago that I am expecting.  Now, I am feeling that maybe I should be more cautious?  We mostly do walk/trot flatwork.  I probably won't jump her until after the baby since she gets super excited.

Any advice or personal experience with riding and pregnancy?  Please and thank you! 

 

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Re: Horseback Riding during Pregnancy

  • I wouldn't stop riding, I would just ride more lightly, maybe A LOT more walk than trot.

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  • My doc said it would be safe you just have to ensure you won't get bucked off.
  • Riding is fine - just don't fall off! HA! That's what my OB said anyway.  I am 17 weeks and I have been riding this whole time.  I stopped cantering with my BFP so I work on walk/trot/lateral movements etc.  I am going to stop riding next week, but mostly just because of my comfort level and pressure from other people.  If I owned a horse though, I'd definitely still be out there.
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  • Oh good!!!! I didn't want to quit unless I really needed too.  My first appointment isn't for a few more days.  Obviously, I'll be sure to talk with my Dr about it more in depth, but until then, I will keep riding :)    Thanks so much for your thoughts girls!
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  • You know your horse and their personality so if they are trustworthy I'd keep riding for a while. I stopped when I found out I was pregnant as my horse tends to have 'moments'...in those moments I tend to end up on the ground. My Dr. knew about this and recommended that I either be VERY careful or don't ride. But if I had one of my previous horses I would probably continue to ride for at least the beginning of pregnancy as they were very calm. At this point (30 weeks) I can honestly say it would be uncomfortable to do more than walk even if I did trust the horse though! Just the bouncing or posting wouldn't feel so great! I allow my trainer to use him in lessons now which is great for him as he gets to keep up with regular work, plus it tires him out.

     

    One thing I did notice was that all of the falls/injuries I incurred from 15+ years of riding do not bode well for a comfy pregnancy!! My back and hips are a mess from falls and backs/hips are already places that are uncomfortable during pregnancy so mine are killing me!

  • I rode til about 15 weeks and only then did I quit because my horse even at 23 is not the most reliable.  He is my former upper level event horse, great at his job but will never be a babysitter.  Just know your horse, even though I have had my guy 17 years I recognize his personality and didn't want my center of gravity shift to put me in a position where I couldn't move quickly enough to stop a spook or bolt.

  • Yea, she definitely has her "moments" too.  Thankfully, I can predict her attitude for the day when I bring her inside.  So those days that she's all antsy, I can just lunge her or something. 

    I don't want to be risky and dumb about it.  I wish there was someone else who could ride her for me towards the end, but she's an off the track TB and i don't think many people I board with would even consider it.  

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  • I moved cows (Embarrassed ranch girl) up until 2 weeks before I delivered. If you are on a sure footed, well mannered horse you will be perfectly fine.
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