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Exercising mare in last trimester

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Connie Wilkinson
Neonate
Username: Conniew3

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 12:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello, I'm a new member and have an 8 year old APHA mare due to foal on or about Jan 17, 2007. I'm wondering about riding her on short trail rides or should I just be exercising her in the arena at this time. She is healthy and doing well, this is her first foal. Thanks for any help you can send my way.
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 173
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 01:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Connie,

My mare is a trail horse and we rode on light trail rides right up to about 4 weeks before due date. She never gets huge like some mares I see pictures of on this board :-) At that time I pony her out so that she stays in good shape. About a week after delivery I saddle her and ride her in the areana with the baby and we were out on the trail by 2 weeks old. Her first foal is 3 now and a dream on the trail! Good luck very exciting! Jan O
 

Connie Wilkinson
Neonate
Username: Conniew3

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks so much Jan! I was kind of thinking in the same direction, but so many people have different opinions like don't ride don't work her just let her get ready. I'm more inclined to think that exercise will be better for her in the long run. We are very excited and hoping that it will be somewhat warm in Jan. We live in the desert in Southern Ca so it does get cold at night but warms up during the day. Glad you all are here!!!
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 174
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, December 03, 2006 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Connie,
I too live in Sunny So. Calif.! I will keep my fingers crossed for a dry January for you. My foal is not due till the end of July 07. I feel in nature a horse is walking all day eating and moving with the herd so that consistent excercise is natural and good for them. I also found that ponying out the baby at an early age was great. There is no fear on curiosity and mom was right there for reassurance. At 3 weeks we crossed our first water. He was constantly ponied through out his first two years. Longer rides, hills, etc. I put a lightweight saddle on at 6 months and regularly had him saddled up. He loves to go out. Now at 3 at least once a week he goes out by himself and loves it. When it came time to break him he just needed practice on carrying the wieght and cues and away we went. Very rewarding. I am very excited for you. Jan



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