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  • It looks like my horse is slipping on the sandy surface of the arena
  • How to tell a horse race mudder

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    07-10-2012, 06:36 PM
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Running in the mud

Do you guys ever get scared to run in the mud? Wether it be poles, barrels etc. Does that ever stop you from running at a show if the ground is really wet? To me it looks like the horse could easily slip/fall. Maybe I just worry to much. I have never been in that situation to need to run in the mud, any thoughts?
     
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    07-10-2012, 06:51 PM
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Trained
I think it really depends on what kind of mud. You need to look at it and watch others to see what its like. It may be sloppy, but not slick, or it may be dry and good footing underneath, or it may be sticky mud or it could be like running on grease. That's when getting in the arena is beneficial and knowing your horse and what you guys are comfortable running in.
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    07-10-2012, 06:54 PM
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Showing
I'd withdraw, not worth the possible injuries. A friend had a small chunky app that ran wild on thousands of acres. She got him as a 3 yr old and a wild as they come. By 5 he was running on barrels and discovered he was a great mudder, barefoot. She'd pray for rain. He was a little mutt compared to the quarter horses but he could go like mad and not miss a step when the others were sliding all over.
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    07-10-2012, 07:08 PM
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It may be sloppy, but not slick, or it may be dry and good footing underneath, or it may be sticky mud or it could be like running on grease
I guess I didnt think of the types of mud so much. I suppose that can make it or break the deal of going in the arena.


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I'd withdraw, not worth the possible injuries. A friend had a small chunky app that ran wild on thousands of acres. She got him as a 3 yr old and a wild as they come. By 5 he was running on barrels and discovered he was a great mudder, barefoot. She'd pray for rain. He was a little mutt compared to the quarter horses but he could go like mad and not miss a step when the others were sliding all over.
Thats so funny! I can't belive she would pray for rain when it comes to running!
     
    07-10-2012, 11:30 PM
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Foal
I never run in mud. To me, no speed event is worth hurting my horse, or myself. I have seen LOTS of people run in mud and slip, and turn up with a sore horse. A few horses slipped and completely fell. Not for me.
     
    07-10-2012, 11:45 PM
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Green Broke
It depends.. I agree with what CowChick said.. There is a good mud and a bad mud..If it's a deep thick mud I won't run in it..If it's a sandy mud I will run in it. Different arenas can have such drastically different footing and those can lead to different situations. There is one arena here that we even ask for the ground to be wetter if possible, because it really lets you dig in around the barrels. It's more of a sandy ground though.. If it's a clay or brown dirt mud and it gets deep and thick it could do some serious damage.. It also comes down to just knowing your horse and being able to tell the difference in what will be good for you both and what could get you hurt.
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    07-11-2012, 12:00 AM
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Green Broke
I agree with the above, if its muddy then I scratch. Its not worth risking you and/or your horse being injured for one round around the barrels, poles, jump course, etc. I'll still ride if its slightly wet, but I watch the riders before me and how their horses handle it and I'm also very aware of how my horse moves and what the footing is like.

Although, if your not confident to ride because of the weather, its a bit of a waste of time to ride. Your horse will sense this and both of you will be off and not communicating well together which could result in a loss of confidence from horse/rider, a fall, training issues, dissapointment in your ride...

Simply, if you don't want to. Its not worth it.
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    07-11-2012, 12:50 AM
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Trained
I run in the mud....I always go in the arena beforehand though, because some mud should just never be run in if it's so bad. Selena isn't one that can handle deep or slick mud because she was trouble, but sticky mud or non-slick mud she handles just fine. Depends on what the arena has in it too, some arena sand is worse in the slop than others.
     
    07-11-2012, 12:04 PM
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Yearling
I wouldn't and most of the shows I go to will cancel if the grounds to wet. It's not worth it to me to get my horse hurt for one show. With the way he turns I have no doubt in slick footing we would be on the ground.
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    07-11-2012, 12:21 PM
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Weanling
I've ran in mud. It all depends on how good the arena has looked. The only ones have I ran in are deep arenas with excellent drainage systems and such.

This is my run at state after it rained pretty hard. I managed to get second. The runs actually got faster after the arena got wet.

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