• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 2/8/18)
See more
See less

Pregnant with first baby and looking for advice!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Pregnant with first baby and looking for advice!

    So we've crossed the 8th month mark of the pregnancy and I'm absolutely dying to ride, especially since fall trail rides are my favorite, though there is no way I can/would ride at this point. I have 3 general questions for those that have walked this path:

    1. Watching "Buck" kind of helps me feel connected to the horse world between my weekly trips to the barn but does anyone else have suggestions for other horse-related things I can do since riding is out? Other documentaries? Maybe good magazines? My horse is really mellow and quiet so she's pretty safe to be around and I cherish my time just grooming her but barn is 40 minutes away and so I only get out there once a week.

    2. My other question is barring any serious complications, how soon after birth can I expect to physically be able manage riding, even if it's just a walk?

    3. I knew a professional who brought her newborn with her to appointments shortly after birth since she was breastfeeding and couldn't really take a real "maternity leave" due to her clientele. This was during colder months so she'd essentially set up the sleeping baby in heated tack rooms. I'm due in November and this is New England but is it totally unreasonable to think that I could bundle the baby up in my body wrap and coat for short visits until I'm able to ride? Leaving her at home might not be an option short-term since I'm planning on breastfeeding and my free hours are usually SO's work hours. I know there are horse women that have to manage newborns and horse care so I'm curious to get that perspective since like I mentioned, this is my first baby.

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by blitzkrieg; Sep. 13, 2017, 11:42 PM.

  • #2
    Check out this thread if you haven't seen it: https://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/f...-support-group.


    • #3
      1.) Depends on how well you are feeling. I went for a lot of walks with my horse, lunged him, did groundwork, trick training, and on not so good days just groomed and/or hand grazed him.
      Also, youtube videos of your favorite discipline could help. During my first pregnancy, I read all the classics on dressage (Xenophon, Robichon, Nuno Oliveira, Podhajsky etc) which often are more about philosophical concepts rather than instruction manuals.
      2.) It really depends. I was back on my horse 2 weeks after a c-section (OB approved). Other people have a slower recovery. I think the first few days are pretty raw for everyone, but if it feels good, I don't see why you couldn't hop on for a bit after about a week.
      3.) We are in Alberta and my first son was born in January. I had him outside with me all the time in a baby sling under a big down jacket to walk the dogs or go to the barn. It gets nice and toasty in there from the body heat. We do have a heated arena, but I didn't start bringing him with me to ride until he was a couple of months old. I would not leave him anywhere without direct supervision, not even in a heated tack room or so.


      • #4
        My second baby is due in a few weeks, and like you, I am dying to ride again! To answer your questions...

        1. Have you read Sara Gruen's RIDING LESSONS and FLYING changes? How about RIDERS by Jilly Cooper? They're good page-turners! Also, the documentary Wild Horse, Wild Ride is quite good. I think it's on Netflix.

        2. I had a c-section with my first baby. I got back on a quiet horse at 6-weeks and went back into training with my horse at 8 weeks. I definitely could have ridden sooner, but I decided to follow doctor's orders. (This time around I hope to be back on much earlier!)

        3. I can't speak to this since I live in Southern California.

        One thing I'll add: When I was pregnant with my first, I boarded at a barn that I loved and had been at for years. But, like yours, it was 40 mins away. After the baby was born, I made the really tough decision to move to a barn 15 mins from my house. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made because seeing my horse almost daily really helped me cope with the challenges of being a mom. Not sure if that's something you're considering, but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

        Congratulations and best of luck!


        • Original Poster

          Thanks guys - I love the idea of doing trick training with her a bit. I actually did this a bit with a horse I owned a while back that had serious medical complications, was young with an active brain and couldn't be ridden for a little while - it was a blast to teach him fun little tricks. I'll also have to check out the documentaries.

          I've thought about moving her closer and definitely planned to once the baby is a little older and I can get more time to ride and/or start teaching her how to groom and pony ride. For now she's half leased out so the help with the bills while I'm out of commission is really nice with a baby on the way but otherwise I'd be moving her sooner rather than later.


          • #6
            For my winter baby I wore him in a wrap then zipped a oversized hoodie I would wear up over him, toasty warm for both of us. I lunge and long line with him I do not ride with him (I know some do but I don't feel safe doing that)
            But when it got a bit warmer I would plan rides around nap time he napped in his stroller reliably while I rode and now as a toddler happily plays with special barn only toys in his stroller. My horse got use to him quickly and puts up with grooming, leading, and being poked and kicked way more then he likes.