Pregnancy and Horseback Riding

For many women horse owners there is not much that can keep them from the barn.? But what happens if you find out you are pregnant?? Unfortunately there is little other than anecdotal evidence on the relationship between pregnancy and riding, but there are a few basic things to consider.? Falling is your biggest risk, as a fall from horseback can easily lead to difficulties in the pregnancy, including miscarriage.? Additionally, there is the risk of being kicked, stepped on, or even knocked over when working with horses on the ground.? Some women find that as their bodies change so does their center of gravity, making it difficult for them to continue riding as they once did.? Others are easily tired or may have bladder control issues that make riding difficult.? In addition to physical factors, just the worry alone can make the experience unpleasant.? If you do decide to keep riding, make sure you are handling quiet horses that are less likely to spook or pull.? Consider changing your activities to include more ground work or even driving.? If you have any history of pregnancy loss before 24 weeks or are currently experiencing high risk conditions, it is probably better to play it safe and not ride at all.? Most physicians agree that if your body is used to a certain routine, it should be safe to continue that through the pregnancy.? Therefore, if you are used to riding your horse three times a week, you can probably continue at this pace, but it wouldn?t be the best time to sign up for a three day event.? Continuing to ride through your pregnancy is a difficult decision, and ultimately one that only the expectant mother herself can make, with input from her obstetrician.

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