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Advice needed - four horses and baby on way!

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moobaloo Sun 02-Feb-14 20:55:18

Hello

This is my first post here but I have been on mn a little while

I am (accidentally) 25 weeks upduffed with my first child and I have some questions for you all...

I haven't ridden since finding out I was pg and wasn't riding regularly before that tbh.

Anyway, I'm not really sure why I'm writing this but I was hoping for some advice from those of you with kids as to what happened and what you did when you were pg/had babies and horses.

I have four horses and ponies who all live out and are fairly low maintenance and I am lucky enough to live right next to our field, this makes caring for them much easier but I am still a bit worried.

I would love to find a new home for one of them, a lovely pony I backed who needs a little more bringing on and she will be a fab kids pony, but when I advertised her all I got were phone calls from people who wanted her for their kids then and there, and I just couldn't say she was ready for kids to ride her! She is excellent but very green, as to be expected for a pony with only one summer of riding and a few short hacks under her belt. Of course it's even worse now as she hasn't done anything for nearly 9 months and I can't do anything with her now... What to do?

Anyway, any advice gratefully received!

CMOTDibbler Sun 02-Feb-14 21:32:37

Can you send her away for intensive schooling? Ds's pony went to 'bootcamp' with a lady who specialises in sec As and childrens ponies and was hugely the better for it

bronya Tue 04-Feb-14 22:47:28

I got sharers for my lot when I was pregnant - and I still have them now DS is one year old. They're amazing, I enjoy having them around, don't have to do the horses every day, and all is well.

Booboostoo Wed 05-Feb-14 09:37:37

Congratulations on the pregnancy!

If your lot live out 24/7 and don't need riding life is so much easier! Do you have anyone who can throw some hay over the fence and check they all still have four legs each if you need to?

As for the pony I would send her for 6 weeks schooling (to include hacking) to someone experienced in producing children's ponies and then sell her come spring.

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