So I am going to be out of commision this entire summer due to being pregnant and was very curious what eveyone else did with their good horses while they were pregnant. I only have one finished mare that I had been running but I am thinking she is just going to go on vacation until I am back from having a baby. I did kick around the idea of breeding her this summer but I do not want to be out almost two years on her. I just hate seeing horses sit.
What did you do with your good horses?
I sold my good horse while pregnant because he was older and I didn't want him to spend his last years of competition sitting. The other horse I sold after I had our baby. I bought a weanling then too. That filly is now a 5 year old and running so if we have another child in the future I will just let her have a vacation for a little while before going back to running. Breeding puts them out for much longer if you count the time raising a foal.
If you have someone you trust to run her for you, you could do that.
I let mine vacation. Doesn't hurt them. Although. . I let mine vacation a lot. No pregnancy needed. HA!
My husband roped steers on mine while I was pregnant. The winter after my son was born, was bad so my husband ponied my horse down the road to leg him back up.
Mine just sat in the pasture. Obviously just took longer to get them back in shape after sitting so long, but they were fine.
I pulled their shoes and turned them out and let them be horses! I think they absolutely loved it and it was so good for the minds and bodies.
You will be out for 2 years yourself
Good friend of mine was back running barrels 12 days after giving birth. I dont recommend it but ths time will fly by
Other than a couple rides on a gentle horse at the beginning, I quit riding. As soon as baby is born and I'm able, I plan to get on. Hubby plans to get horses in shape this spring and when the weather is good I lunge them. It keeps me active and it gives me a little horse fix since I haven't ridden in almost 6 months. But if baby is born earlier enough (she is due mid June) I hope to run at a 4th of July rodeo if I can. It has been a tradition of mine & hubby's the whole time we've been together so we really don't want to miss it if we can help it. Our horses are multi purpose so they get used for more than just barrels.
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