Hi all. I need some opinions from peopple who have been in this situation:
My mare FINALLY checked in foal after 3 attempts this spring. She is at 26 days now with a heartbeat check coming up on the 31st. She is 17 yrs old. She is my dressage horse and is used to working about 4-5x per week at least 40-50 minutes. My vet said I really should hold off riding at least for the first 60 days as he considers her “high risk” because of the difficulty I had in getting her pregnant. I disagree somewhat. First, she is heavy. (Think air-fern in way of easy keeper). I think pulling her out of work will make her balloon even faster and I don't think fat mares are good for pregnancies either. I am trying to get her trimmed up some for the pregnancy’s sake.
But I have been riding her for about 30 mins every other day. Just WTC work, nothing hard or too collected. She never gets too hot and I hose her for 15 minutes afterwards and put her under the fans. She loves to work and is happy to do so. I really need to keep riding her because I plan to show her this fall twice in October and November. But I would stop in a heartneat if I knew it would jeop. the pregnancy.
What would you do in this scenario? He is coming back out on Monday for heartbeat check.
Second question: What about a broodmare being on Adequan. She is used to getting it every 4 - 6 weeks and I want to continue but I know there are no studies on its safety. Anyone chime in on this?
If I had worked as hard and long as you have to get this mare in foal, I'd listen to the vet! Even if you don't show her another day in her life, you should count your blessings that you got her bred, and do everything possible to see to it that she stays that way....once she's safely in foal, i'd go back to riding her 'casually' I know nothing about the Adequan
What level Dressage is she? I wouldn't push her for the first 60 days, but it seems like what your doing is good. If she was say, a PSG horse, I'd probably just work some Third Level stuff, stretching, easy work. Nothing stressful. It's actually not good to completly change her routine. After 60 days, you can probably go back to riding her 'normally' for another 3ish months. Not sure about Adequan, ask your vet about that. I want to says that your not supposed to inject joints during pregnancy, but I wouldn't swear by it...
A good joint supplement that is safe for pregnant mares is GLC 5500+
A major consideration should be what the ambient temperature is. Research has shown that continuing work during the embryonic stage in high temperatures leads to an increase in the core temperature of the mare and a significant increase in embryonic death. If high temperatures are an issue where you are located, I would avoid working her until it cools down.
Just to chime in...we work our mares at all phases of preganancy. Our show season is short and intense and they need to be fit. I discount pregnancy....I take in to consideration level of fitness, weather conditions, etc. when deciding how hard to work. Our mares pull heavey metal work carts and carry 150 pound harnesses. My philosophy is that a fit pregnant mare will not have the complications of a fat out of shape pregnant mare. And a mare that likes to work will likely not tolerate being out of work well. Easier to keep a mare fit then to lay off 60-90 days and then try and get that level of fitness back. We have never had a mare abort because they were in work while pregnant.
Thanks everyone! I live in Georgia where it is normally hotter than hell. Been tolerable lately. I always ride my horses when it has cooled down. With her being pregnant, I do not ride on excessively humid days. I ride at 7pm when my arena is shaded. She gets ridden then hosed then under fans. I am just going to w/t and stretch her some for the next few days until I get the heartbeat check on Monday. Then I will reevaluate and talk to my vet again.
Jos, what do you know about Adequan in the broodmare? Samantha, thanks for that tip, I will DEF look into it if I cannot do the adequan. But Adequan just goes, IM, not into the joints. BTW, we just work 2nd-3rd level dressage. No heavy collection or the P's.
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