There were a lot of things to consider when we made this decision. I would be lying if I said that the impact on my horses and riding wasn’t at the top of my mind. Not only do kids require massive amounts of time and energy (like horses) they are also expensive. I personally knew that I was not willing to give up riding in order to have children. I do however understand that other people will make different decisions.
Now that I have survived the first trimester I am trying not to suffer from too much FOMO. At this point in the year I would normally be wrapping up my fall season. Right now I would probably be trying to figure out my spring season plans. There have been a few clinic opportunities and shows that I have had to bow out of. Now I am just trying to figure out how I am going to keep my horses sane. And you know figuring out baby registries and doing way too much googling.
Everyone has different philosophies on when you should stop riding. I personally plan to keep riding as long as I can. As soon as my little passenger is affecting my balance I will start my hiatus from the saddle. At that point my horses will start their extended staycations. I am currently plotting for Annie to go spend some time with the trainer shortly before the baby comes. The thought there being that if she is with the trainer when I am ready to get back in the saddle we will have a nice jump start.
In the meantime I will take it easy. Having to take the pressure off isn’t a bad thing. I have been having more fun than I have had all year if I am being honest. For fellow blogger equestrian moms how do you make it work? Did you ride during your pregnancy? Did it take long to get back in the saddle?
Hoping to get back to normal posts this coming week. Including a review of my awesome Lund Stirrup Leathers!