Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

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Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

Postby greyhorse » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:48 am

After being caught out, I now make a point to ride and school on different surfaces - grass jump field, sand school, plus a friend's slightly deeper sand school, hay field, hacking, teeny-tiny bit of road work - in the belief that it helps my horse to become 'strong' and resist tweaks he would be vulnerable to if we only road on one surface. Do you think there is a point to this – or am I just being paranoid?

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Re: Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

Postby Belgium Bay » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:22 pm

Hi I don't think you are paranoid, horses react differently to different surfaces and if you are going out competing then getting your horse used to working on varied surfaces is very sensible. Beware of deep going though even in schools as this can put serious strain on tendons, ligaments and muscles.

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Re: Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

Postby stormybracken » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:35 pm

I could bore for England on this subject as have been doing lots of research over the last few weeks. Check out www.performancebarefoot.co.uk , they have loads of useful advice for shod, unshod and barefoot horses. One thing (of many, sadly) which was a light bulb moment was that contrary to my previous belief working my horse on the stony tracks was a GOOD thing! Building up gradually of course. I also need to pay more attention to the deep going this winter in my fields, it's all cumulative isn't it?

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Re: Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

Postby mja » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:03 am

I think moderation and gradual building up on certain surfaces is important if going to compete on grass for summer months ir slippy ground etc but I am very wary of anything but a good surface due to joint issues in one of our horses and a splint in another (not brought on when with us I hasten to add).

I will not ride on hard ground beyond a walk or deep surfaces ever!

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Re: Riding and schooling surfaces and injuries

Postby Snipper » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:45 pm

Yes, I have heard that riding your horse over a variety of surfaces is beneficial, helping to strengthen bone and tendon. However, it's important to take it carefully over things like hard and boggy ground to prevent any damage. There is a fine line between doing enough to build strength and doing too much which will cause damage. It's all down to common sense really!

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