Do I want a child? Or do I decide to pursue a career? Is it possible to reconcile everything? What happens to my passion, my four-legged companion, if I decide to have a child after all?
The answers to these questions can be very diverse. This article would like to give you a few suggestions to make your decision easier.
First of all, the following question arises:
Is riding during pregnancy harmful to the health of me and my child?
Well, there is no general answer to this question either. Many doctors will advise against riding during pregnancy. The sporting risks are higher with horseback riding than with other sports such as swimming or yoga, because the partner horse is another risk factor. Furthermore, riding abilities can vary greatly in nature. You should be able to assess yourself and your horse.
How does my horse react to possible sources of danger and how relaxed am I with my horse? What is the level of my riding skills? Do I ride constantly in everyday life or only occasionally?
The more inexperienced you or your horse are, the less sense it makes to get into the saddle during pregnancy. However, if you are an experienced and trained rider and your horse is more of a "life insurance policy" than a sensitive little thing, then from a medical and sporting point of view there is nothing to stop you riding during pregnancy.
On the contrary, riding has a positive effect on health, blood pressure is lowered, oxygen supply is increased, and active mothers suffer less from back pain. Better fitness also has a positive effect on the health of mother and child.
The right breeches are no problem: maternity breeches help to continue the hobby without any problems. There are several manufacturers that offer maternity breeches with an elastic waistband that will grow with you until the end of your pregnancy, so you don't have to worry about having to squeeze into your regular breeches.
Check with different manufacturers and choose the maternity breeches that suit you.
If you have decided not to give up your beloved hobby during pregnancy, don't make the mistake of discussing your decision with friends, doctors, midwives or grandmothers. There will be many people who will try to talk you down.
The father of the child should still be involved, because he is decisively involved in all decisions concerning your common child. Furthermore, it is important not to react recklessly but also not paranoid. You are pregnant, not ill, but it doesn't have to be a world record in show jumping or a long distance. Always listen to your feelings. What is good for you? Where are the limits? Always listen to your body and decide what you can expect of yourself and your horse. If you keep these things in mind, get into your maternity breeches and nothing will stand in the way of riding during pregnancy!
However, if you decide to stop riding during pregnancy, there are still a number of options other than selling your horse.
For one thing, you could spend time with your horse without riding. Intensive grooming, ground work or walks can be an alternative. This will give you a very intensive contact with your four-legged friend, which will also benefit you after your pregnancy. And your horse will enjoy this horse care!
Another possibility is to make your horse available. Here it is possible to set up a contract with the rider that specifies an exact time frame for this. You don't want to make your horse available? Maybe a riding share is a good option for you. This way your horse is in its familiar environment, you still have enough time and opportunity for horse care and your riding partner takes over the training of your horse. If your horse is still young and inexperienced, it is still possible to place it in experienced hands for training.
Another possibility is to make your horse available. Here it is possible to draw up a contract with the rider that specifies an exact time frame for this. You don't want to make your horse available? Maybe a riding share is a good option for you. This way your horse is in its familiar environment, you still have enough time and opportunity for horse care and your riding partner takes over the training of your horse. If your horse is still young and inexperienced, it is still possible to place it in experienced hands for training.
This way you will have a well-trained horse after your pregnancy. If you have a mare that ideally also has good papers, you could consider raising a foal from her.
If your horse is calm and experienced, it makes little sense to sell it. It will certainly be a good family horse and a good teacher for your child.
Whether you decide to give your horse into training, sell your horse, organise a riding partnership for your horse, make your horse available or make a family horse out of your four-legged friend, you will find the right decision for you, your horse and your life situation.
We wish you all the best for you and your family!