For the avid equestrian, the pitter-patter of baby hooves is just as enchanting as tiny human feet. Pregnancy, though magical, comes with its set of curious questions. Topping the list for horsey mamas-to-be: "Can I still get my saddle time while expecting?" Let’s trot through the track of considerations, shall we?

The Blooming Benefits of Horse Riding While Pregnant

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Benefits? Do tell!" Well, let's giddy up!

Firstly, riding allows expecting mothers to keep that special bond with their equine companion. It's like a brunch date but with less avocado toast and more mane swishing. But the benefits don't stop at just horsey bonding.

  • Riding keeps you connected with your identity. It's not just "mom-to-be," but "horse-riding, canter-loving, trail-blazing mom-to-be."
  • Stress? Anxiety? Pff! Horse riding can be your therapy session on four legs, reducing those unwelcome feelings.
  • Imagine a night where you’re not tossing and turning, thinking about nursery colors. Yes, riding can lead to better sleep. Zzz...
  • Lower cortisol levels lead to a happier you and a happier baby. And who doesn’t want a cheerful little cherub?

Hold Your Horses: The Risks

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and gallops. Riding while pregnant does come with its own set of speed bumps.

The glaring concern? Falls. Even if you've been riding for years, there's always that unpredictable element. A sudden spook, a slippery surface, or maybe just a really attractive hay bale that your horse just HAS to get to (horses, am I right?).

And as Dr. Deena Kleinerman warns, as your pregnancy progresses, so does the risk of injury. A tumble isn’t just about you anymore but the little equestrian-in-the-making too.

Let's Talk Tights!

If you do decide to continue riding, comfort is paramount! No, we’re not suggesting riding in pyjamas (although the thought is tempting). Instead, consider the SHIRES AUBRION STANMORE RIDING TIGHTS. Supportive, stretchy, and stylish!


And while you're staying comfortable and looking fly, why not ensure your feet are cradled in luxury? Enter the SHIRES MORETTA MADDALENA RIDING BOOTS. These boots aren’t just about the look; they’re a love affair for your feet.

The "When" and "How" of Riding During Pregnancy

So, we've covered the basics, but now let's delve into the nitty-gritty: when and how is it safe to ride during pregnancy? And will you need to swap your regular jodhpurs for a pair of maternity riding breeches? (Spoiler alert: those should totally be a thing).

Deciding the Right Time to Ride

Most doctors suggest that if you were an active rider before your pregnancy, continuing to ride during your first trimester is generally considered safe. However, always consult with your healthcare provider, as pregnancies can be as unique as a horse's personality. And we all know how varied those can be!

Getting In and Out of the Saddle

As the bump grows, you might start noticing mounting and dismounting becoming a tiny bit...uh, challenging. But hey, no shame in the game! Consider using a mounting block. 

Adjusting Your Ride

While in the early stages of pregnancy, you can continue with your normal riding routine. However, as you progress into the second trimester and beyond, it's wise to tone down the intensity. Forget those grand prix dreams for now, and maybe stick to a gentle canter or a therapeutic trot. And always, ALWAYS listen to your body! If something doesn’t feel right, take a break. Remember: there's no shame in walking. Heck, walking has its own set of benefits.

Your Safety Gear

While your helmet remains a must, your body protector might need some reconsideration. Traditional body protectors are not designed to accommodate the growing baby bump.

Conclusion of Section Two

Whether it's deciding the best time to ride, adjusting your ride's intensity, or ensuring you've got the right gear, the journey of riding during pregnancy is filled with decisions. But one thing's for sure: with the right precautions and gear, it can be a rewarding experience. So, horse-loving mamas, embrace this unique journey, and saddle up (safely)!

Making it All About Comfort

Let's face it – with the added weight, hormonal changes, and those surprising aches and pains, comfort is key when riding during pregnancy. But don't worry, we've got you covered with some fantastic tips and tricks (and yes, some fabulous product recommendations) to ensure you and your baby bump are comfy as can be!

Riding Attire: What's Hot & What's Not!

While your regular jodhpurs might work for a while, as that bump grows, you'll want to invest in some attire that accommodates your new shape. Check out our stunning Jodhpur Collection which caters to all sizes and shapes. And ladies, let's be honest, there’s nothing like a good pair of riding tights that hug in all the right places!


Boots and Footwear

Your feet might feel different. Some women experience swelling, while others just want a comfy pair of boots that are easy to slip on and off. Enter the Shires Moretta Maddalena Riding Boots. They're a dream come true – not only for their unparalleled style but also for the sheer comfort they offer. And trust me, every pregnant woman deserves that sort of luxury on her feet!


Take Care of Your Hands and Feet

Riding gloves and socks might seem like minor details, but the right ones can make all the difference! For the softest, most durable riding gloves, and socks that keep those feet snug, be sure to check out our collections. Your extremities will thank you!

Concluding Our Adventure

Being pregnant and passionate about riding is indeed a unique journey. With the right gear, advice, and a sprinkle of humor, it can be a beautiful adventure. Remember, your safety and comfort come first. But with all the fantastic products out there, there’s no reason you can’t also look fabulous in the process. So, to all the moms-to-be, happy riding and always stay fabulous!

Feel free to explore more of our fantastic collections, from treats to supplements, to find everything you need for both you and your horse. And as always, ride safely and with joy!

Asked by You: The Pregnancy & Riding FAQs

We know you've got questions galore when it comes to pregnancy and riding. Fear not! We're here to spill the beans and quench that burning curiosity of yours. So let's dive into these frequently asked questions!

Can you go near ponies when pregnant?

Absolutely! Ponies don’t have a sixth sense about your pregnancy (though that would make a killer movie plot). The real question is, can you resist their cuteness during these hormonal times? Just ensure you’re aware of your surroundings and are wary of any sudden movements. As always, give them love, but keep safety in mind.

Can you go on rides 3 months pregnant?

So you're in your first trimester and itching to get in the saddle? We totally get it. Many riders continue to ride during the early stages of their pregnancy. However, it's essential to consult your healthcare provider first. They'll offer guidance tailored to your specific situation. Remember, every pregnancy is unique, just like every horse!


How long after pregnancy can you ride a horse?

Had the baby and now you’re raring to gallop into the sunset? Slow down, champ! While the prospect is exciting, your body has undergone significant changes. The general advice is to wait until your postnatal checkup, around 6-8 weeks, and get the all-clear from your doctor. Every momma's recovery is different. Listen to your body and, again, your healthcare provider's advice is golden. Remember, the stables will wait, and your horse will be thrilled to see you, whenever you're ready!

And there you have it! Answers to your burning questions. Still curious about something? Don’t be shy; drop us a line! After all, we’re all in this beautiful horsey journey together.