Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:05 pm:
Hi all. I have a 10 yr old warmblood mare who I ride lower level dressage with. She is almost 6 months along in pregnancy. I have been riding her between 3-5xs per week and have done a few shows, including one last week. The last 3 xs I have ridden her, she has gotten progressively bitchier. She is like a mule. Does NOT want to go forward, cold backed when I first get on her (I had to get off & longe her yesterday and today before I could get back on.) She bucked in the canter. All of these things are not her norm. She is on the lazy side however. But my question is, at this point in her pregnancy, can she really be THAT uncomfortable with work? I think my tack is still ok, she has not gained much yet. I have a clinic upcoming this weekend and have been thinking about cancelling. Does anyone else have thoughts on this, is this a painful point in their pregnancy? I certainly don't want to hurt her but I don't want her to get away with crap either. Since I have never had a preg. mare in work, this is all new to me so I am not sure what to expect and when. Any thoughts or expereince with this matter is appreciated! You can email privately if you want. firstname.lastname@example.org Heidi C.
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 11:42 am:
I don't think so, sometimes hormones just make them cranky, the foal isn't big enough to make her that uncomfortable, especially if it is her first.
We rode my Arabian mare up until one week prior to her delevering her first foal but we only walked and trotted the last month. My daughter was learning how to ride at that time and she was her lesson horse. We came to the barn for a lesson and she had changed shape dramaticly overnight, looking like a woman who has dropped. So I told my daughter she couldn't ride anymore. The mare foaled a week later but wasn't "due" the foal was 321 days! But was/is fine.
I still have the foal she is a beautiful 3 year old filly now. We started riding the mare about 10 days after she foaled. I would put the foal in a turn out pen next to the arena so she wouldn't cut us off while riding. As long as my mare could see her she was fine. I even took her to a show when the foal was two months old. My husband held the foal and I rode the mare. She called to her a couple of times but was actually pretty good about the whole thing.
Hope this helps you.
Anonymous Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2005 - 12:52 pm:
My 1o year old mare got out of her stable in the night & so did a stalion & we think they mated .They are both beautiful & well manered tec but the owner of the stables is saying that i should give her an injection to kill the foal if she has one but i dont no what to do ? Could someone give me advies !!!!!!!!!!! My mums friend says we shouldnt give her the injectio because she says that it would be lovely & well manered ect & good size she is a well normlaged horse teacher . The injection is going to be given to her on 10th of february
please someone give me advise on what they would do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
twhgait Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2005 - 01:57 pm:
I would start by having the mare checked by the vet to confirm a pregnancy. I wouldnt' give her any injections until I confirmed that there was foal. Usually an embryo can be seen on ultrasound after day 16. Is it your Mum that doesn't want the foal? Or the stable owner? I'm sorry for the questions, I'm just a little confused. I don't understand why the owner of the stable would have any business in what happens to the mare either way (if it's YOUR horse)
Rooty Posted From: 22.214.171.124
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 10:36 am:
Definitely get the pregnancy confirmed first, because if she's not in foal you're worrying for nothing. If she is in foal then you and your family will have to make a decision quickly as to whether you want the baby or not. My mare got pregnant when I first got her and I decided to abort the foal as I was a teenager and supporting her myself, there was no way I could've afforded two!
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