No one said anything about running the pattern period-- the op was asking about trotting the pattern, and maybe a little slow loping-- I don't know about yall but I lope my horse in the gras all the time-- I slide to a stop, and do roll backs too. My horses legs are wrapped properly, and I do warm my horses up before I do anything strenuous at all..period.
It is pointless for me to argue with know-it-alls, when I have no videos of myself riding, and that makes me a 'nobody here' witch I could careless to be honest-- but that doesnt mean I wont speak out when someone is trying to pump someones head full of crap that you heard your roping, or reining trainers tell you-- that might know what theyre doin-- my question is; how many barrel racing futuritys have they won? Lol.
This is all about the drama! OP don't let them fill your head with cacameme nonsense!! If your horse can run and play in his pasture ad a dead run, slide to a stop so many times in the same spot it digs holes, do rollbacks alongside the fence row, etc, im sure trotting the pattern isnt going to hurt him-- 100% sure. (I don't mean your horse foes this but many do) my horses play in the pasture running full blast like every day! I've seen our gelding gallop circles around the pasture just to do it. Lol.
I've had falls in sand, dirt, arena dirt (the good stuff) mud, grass, chopped tire, asphalt, rock, and I had a horse do a burn out in the alleyway of the barn once too, lol. Just to name a few slip incidents.. lol