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August 8th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Atank03's Avatar Veteran
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Ok Ladies I have a question...
We have a trip planned to Cancun at the end of Sept. and we have paid to go horseback
riding. We did this same thing last year and the horses do not run or gallop its just a slow
walk through the forrest and on the beach. When we go I think I will be just about
4 months. I was just wondering if you all knew if this will be ok or not?
When I go to the Dr in a few weeks I will ask him also but just wanted your point of view also....
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August 8th, 2012, 07:45 AM
seri0uslyc0nfused's Avatar Just Confused....
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My Dr told me on Monday...NO HORSE BACK RIDING. But...I have a history of M/C so that is probably why. If you don't have a history it might be OK, but I would still talk to the dr first.

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August 8th, 2012, 08:04 AM
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I've always heard horseback riding is unsafe in pregnancy especially after 12 weeks. The few friends who have been pregnant and owned horses did not ride during that time period. Even though it is walking, there is always the possibility you will get thrown off and that could hurt the baby. I would probably ask for a refund.

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August 8th, 2012, 09:01 AM
Elly M.'s Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I would not do it. I own 3 horses, and have been riding and showing my whole life. As soon as we started TTC I had my horses shoes changed since I WILL NOT be riding. It is not worth the risk. My horses are very well trained and not much phases them, but it does not take much for a horse to spook. One bee sting or something like that will send a horse into a run or a bucking fit. I was so tempted to get on one of my horses yesterday, but I didn't. Anything could happen. My doctor is big in no horses while pregnant. I have had a few friends who rode through most of their pregnancy and now that they look back on it, they think they made a very risky choice and would not do it again. My horses are on a 8 month vacation right now
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August 8th, 2012, 09:24 AM
Atank03's Avatar Veteran
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Thanks ladies, that is what I was thinking (not to do it) so hopefully we can either get our money back or change it to a different excursion. Thanks for all your imput!
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August 8th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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Ultimately it's up to you. I do ride horses and I am 8 weeks along. I am still riding and plan to continue until I physically/or emotionally cant anymore. I'm not sure when that time will come, I thought it was going to be 3 months...but now that I only have a month left to ride ...I am pushing back the date to maybe 5 months and stopping.

The research I've learned on the subject:
Dont start a new sport while pregnant. If you have never done yoga, dont start pregnant. If you have not ridden horses, dont start pregnant. Your body wont be used to it and it can cause stress on weaker parts of the body that are unconditioned.

Falling off is the big concern for pregnant women. If you have a bump and fall off, your more likely to cause problems. If you are very early in and fall off- the stomach is well insulated and is not very concerning.

Beachy- resort horses tend to be small. Get on a small horse so a fall is not far.
Beachy - resort horses can just walk. You dont need to trot even.

And Germany's most sucessful olympic dressage rider rode in the olympics while pregnant- twice. Once when she was 1st trimester in ATL, and once when she was 5 months pregnant.
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