Riding when pregnant

Discussion in 'Horse and Rider Safety' started by Cavalier, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. sambo

    sambo Well-known Member

    I do agree with you ML that life is full of risk, but a car and a horse are 2 completly different things and i don't think you can compare. You need to get into a car but you don't need to get on a horse!

    I have 3 kids and am soooo careful about all the dangers in life and I possibly go a bit over board sometimes, but i would prefer that, then have my child killed or hurt.:)

    Oh, and it is my job as a parent to do that!!!
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2007
  2. primrosecourt

    primrosecourt Well-known Member

    How can you be sure it will be fine ven if you are just plodding around the paddock??No one can 100% and if you did fall off how would you feel then!
    dito .......a car is more or less a necessity these days were as a horse is a luxury which we choose to have/own and ride.........you are right 99% of the time you could ride and nothing would happen nor if you fell off would it mean instant death however it could do and is that really worth the risk.........it is selfish on your part as a prospective parent to put your unborn child in undue risk knowing full well of the conciquenses............your consciance not mine......very silly to think you are invicible and i would imagine most GP's or Peds' would be happeir if women didnt ride whist pregnent.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2007
  3. Shakhaan

    Shakhaan Well-known Member

    When I found out I was pregnant (10 weeks), my horse was put out on spell within a week. Had OH and parents put foot down, since I was eventing at the time, I agree'd with them about not jumping, and then not riding. A week later I was curled up in bed with morning sickness for the next couple of months, could barely go to work, so couldn't look after my horse anyway! Then when things settled down (health wise), I really didn't have the energy, and once the bump got a decent size, I couldn't think of anything more uncomfortable than riding *#) My tb at the time enjoyed his holiday :)

    I started riding again when daughter was about 3 months, physically wasn't ready before then, took me a while to heal (had stitches). I agree with anna on this one, you have the rest of your life to ride, what's the big deal with having a year off.... and why risk it?

    Ciao. Kiley.
  4. Remaani

    Remaani Guest

    I rode when i was pregnant all 4 times (i only have 2 children).

    With Seth & Deagan, i rode up till i was about 2 mths off & again, back in the saddle within the week, actually after 3 days with Deagan.
    Im not a hero, im not a careless mother, but i felt safe, i know accidents happen but it was MY (& my OH's) choice.
    He stood by my choice but i know he would of being very upset amongst other things if i came off......

    I use to be very fit & slim, i kept active during my pregnancies & never got morning sickness, being an "outside" person, it (riding) kept me sane. I never cantered, i never galloped, i rarely trotted but my doctor did recommend walking to be more than enough.
    I never pushed the boundaries, never rode out alone, never did anything that i felt would cause an accident.....

    But it was my (our) choice & yes, if anything happened to my 2 alive children, yes i'd regret it, yes i'd blame myself.
  5. primrosecourt

    primrosecourt Well-known Member

    well I agree obvioulsy we all life in a democratic world and its your choice but I wonder why its worth the 'little' risk but a risk all the same??
    Its not like you have to ride its a 'choice to ride'....and I wonder why people feel thay have to make that decsion.to me its so obvious as its not your life your choosing to risk but the life of your unborn child........you may well feel safe but thats not to say you will be...........its highly unlikely anything will happeen but if it did you have taken that risk and would be completely to blame.....why do it for the sake of a year or so??
    anyway think Ive made my point ............over and out........just have a think from anothers point of view(ie your new baby!) all those prospective mothers to be..........;)
  6. Elanda

    Elanda Gold Member

    I rode throughout my first pregnancy- all Ok. Second one I fellover a kerb at the Perth Royal while walking - lost baby. Accidents happen wherever you are and whatever you do and no matter how careful you are.
  7. Em

    Em Well-known Member

    I never rode after I found out I was pregnant, too many what if's. Even to the point of if I lost the baby I was worried my hubby may blame the horses and tell me they had to go! So I was just not going to risk it. What is a year in a lifetime I figured. Got plenty of years left in me yet! :)
  8. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    I sorry to read that Goodie.

    My Sister had a healthy baby boy yesterday morning:D ..she did NOT ride throu her pregnancy..


  9. Que Sera Sera

    Que Sera Sera Well-known Member

    I competed up until I was 6 1/2 months pregnant.

    I also drank until I found out I was pregnant, which was not until the second trimester. I smoked all the way through.

    I have a very healthy (she is a teenager) and intellectually gifted child. She weighed in at 8.4 pounds. I remember the nurse commenting on how unusual it was that I had such a large baby for a smoker. I said I was glad I smoked, cause I dont think I could cope with pushing anything out any bigger LOL.

    I was only a teenager myself when I gave birth, so this could have alot to do with why my very very bad behaviour not having an affect on my pregnancy.

    On the flip side I have had a DVT in my earlier 30s' that had no explainable reason for it. Just happened out of the blue.

    I think it is very dependant on the individual and the horse.
  10. El_equine

    El_equine Well-known Member

    I think getting out of bed everyday has it's risks. IMO as long as you are guided by knowedgable doctors/specialists then do what you & parter/hubby are comfortable with.
    Sure it's not worth risking but my best friend lost their baby last year at 6 months cause she got bumped in the belly with a shopping trolley whilst in the supermarket. I had a car accident when 3 months with first daughter and everything was fine, bruised but fine.
    I think it is a very personal decision & one that is variable by so many different issues & you should be able to do what ever you feel comfortable with & not feel under any pressure either way. :)
  11. Remaani

    Remaani Guest

    I agree with you.

    I should also state, the 2 miscarriages i had werent horse related, 1 was after a car accident but unsure if related, the other, no explanation.
    But again my choice & no one here should make me feel like a bad person for making the choice to ride whilst pregnant.
  12. Cheeki

    Cheeki Gold Member

    I aint preggers .. and I don't plan on being for a long time .. but I think if I still had Honey, that I'd ride. She'd be older and (hopefully) calmer then (in her 20's at least lol) .. but I trust her to the point of no return.

    But doing track work .. yikes. No thanks. I think (and agree with above) .. as long as your careful and not stupid about it .. no worries :) (and you can hold your bladder hehe)
  13. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    Just found this post!

    I wasn't riding when I found out I was pregnant and not long after I found out I bought a riding horse. I had one ride on him and decided it wasn't worth the risk and he needed a spell anyway. So he went out and wasn't touched until I threw my leg over the saddle 4 weeks after having Kelsey (yes I had stitches).
    I'm now pregnant again and sold my riding horse right away. During my first pregnancy I didn't go near any horses after Holden crushed me in the float and a few days later accidentily kicked me in the ankle leaving me in hospital for the avo in extreme pain!
    But this time round I'm handling my colt and my mare and have often though about the danger of handling bubs during pregnancy and what am I going to do during Gracie's birth and handling her bub after.
    But I'll take things as they come and take extreme precaution. My OH is great and I have been 'training' him to handle my colt and bubs so my contact is limited.
    Accidents happen and I don't want to risk it!
  14. simbin

    simbin Gold Member

    When I was pregnant and very young lol I continued riding and had a horse rear up, got a fright and fall over backwards on top of me. Luckily everything was ok but I would never ride again when pregnant.
  15. matilda_way

    matilda_way New Member

    Riding when pregnant and riding without a helmet, in my opinion are in the same category, except when pregnant you have the responsibility of another human being.

    My mother rode during her pregnancies, and I'd probably ride too. I also don't wear a helmet, mainly because I work stock (mustering/droving & drafting) and can be working all day. At the end of the day you can only be accountable for your own actions. Being involved with stock is risky in any circumstance, but it's one we choose to take.
  16. Ozzies_Girl

    Ozzies_Girl Well-known Member

    argh! well there ends my pregnant riding, went to my ARC closed show today. I was the only one in my riders class and my lovely safe horse had a little naughty going into the canter, didn't unseat me or make me lose balance, something that usually wouldn't have phased me. I carried him on, completed the workout and was spoken to, i left the arena only to burst into tears realizing I was far too scared to risk the baby with anything like that again. So there, I guess my opinion has changed.
  17. Smiley n Me

    Smiley n Me Gold Member

    this is a good debate as it is something that I have changed my mind over time and time again - I also honestly dont know what I will do until I oneday do fall pregnant...
    IMO - I always thought I would maybe ride in the early stages
    Then after falling off my horse a few months back - I totally changed my mind.
    Walking along quietly on my horse - he lost his footing and fell, I went straight over the top of him, onto my head. It was very painful... Made me think that you just NEVER know when things will happen.
    Again, the 'you never know' - can be used as an excuse to ride.
    Then I had to think about my Husband... he would never forgive me and i am sure it would make the horse dramas we already have in a relationship - a heck of a lot worse!

    I often do look at people who decide to ride whilst pregnant and think wow - they are game... but it is their decision.

  18. cocomist

    cocomist New Member

    hi I have 2 kids and didn't ride with either of them. However that was more due to lakck of horse and opportunity.

    I think that if you have been riding then you should continue to ride. Obviously take care and make sure you have a trustworthy horse, but why not? Keeps you fit and healthy!! :)
  19. Certainly does keep you fit and healthy!! I rode (as stated before) and carried on my horse chores as normal except for the heavy lifting part and my labour was reletively easy compared to some of the stories I have heard!
  20. Lauren

    Lauren Gold Member

    I'm only 15 and i don't ever plan on having children haha... But i think it's the individuals choice. People say it's a risk but it's the same as driving in a car. Yes, i know you can't control a horse (because their another living creature) but at the same time you can't control all the other road users! Just my opinion but. :D

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