24/08/2013 at 18:24
I am eling now I have a 22+week bump that maybe I should wind down the riding, up until a few weeks ago I was out doing endurance - albeit only 15mile rides - but apart from start/final mile, these are done at trot/canter.
Horsey is feeling very fit and full of himself and the 'plod' round the village this morning was met with much disgust and he talked me into (I swear it was all him!) Trotting and cantering in a big hay field plus yard show jumping field. He then got excited about all the jumps and I had to take him back to yard (plus due to previous ligament injury, he hasn't jumped anything for 5yrs!)
He is normally quite lazy - definitely a "kick on" type of horse. He isn't spooky or sharp and never naps. He is also prone to being bit overweight.
How do I wind him down?? I never been in this situation before - Am normally on a desperate mission to get him fitter or thinner all the time! Help.
24/08/2013 at 19:39
Most important thing is to cut out hard feed, or cut it right back. You can do that instantly, alwasy feed for work currently being done.
Technically you don't need to wind him down as such. Eventers go from being out competing to being chucked in the field in the space of a day. So in terms of his health/fitness it wouldn't matter if you stopped riding him tomorrow. If he's a calm type i'd literally just change your riding ie JUST go out for a plod a couple of times a week. You can always lunge him if you feel he needs a bit more exercise for his weight and/or general happiness etc.
Are you going to stop completely now?
24/08/2013 at 19:44
Pretty much what AR said- he'd be fine physically if you just chuck him out. In fact horses can maintain fitness for 2 weeks of just field rest supposedly!
I kept mine ticking over on the lunge / long lining and lots of walking out in hand to keep his mind occupied. He had 7 months of that and has come back in really nicely at the grand age of 22.
Yours and baby's wellbeing and comfort is priority, he'll be ok I'm sure
25/08/2013 at 09:38
I was hoping to ride for a few more weeks. But just plod about iykwim - well definelty not cantering anyway - found it bit uncomfortable yesterday.
Cant lunge him (nor school, nor trot on hard ground/roads, nor jump) due to ligament issues and he doesnt really get any hard feed - just a handful of happy-hoof to cover uo his hoof and joint supplements. He lives out 24/7 all year (hates stables) so not worried about turfing him out, just wanted to ride a bit in the coming few weekends but not charge around. LOL
25/08/2013 at 09:55
How about getting someone to ride him for you? A friend or advertise? U'd have to b careful re who you got, did you trust them, good rider, etc. they'd keep him going if you were worried
25/08/2013 at 12:02
I was about to say, can you find a rider? That's what I did as I was crippled with SPD by 14 weeks and there just seemed a lot of pregnancy/newborn days ahead. As it turns out, she also contributed financially and ended up taking her on
a part loan basis when Mima was born early. She continued to ride her until she got pregnant herself (baby now six months) and she's hoping to get back in the saddle soon so it's worked out well for us. But she was the right person. That's the important bit.
25/08/2013 at 20:33
Echo thoughts of finding a rider (or sharer - might be nice to keep on post-baby too, to give you a bit of a hand with jobs as well!)
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