Originally Posted by busysmurf
QH so what you're basically saying is the only place to work a horse in an arena with footing? That's a little narrow minded isn't it? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't x-country a timed event primarily on grass, with sharp turns, and extreme pressure on the ligaments, tendons, etc? How is that any different than working your horse in a field?
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Alrighty, to get things straight, I do most of my riding on grass. But never do I work on barrel racing stuff faster than a trot on grass. It just doesn't work if they can't dig in and actually USE themselves. To teach a horse to properly turn barrels, an arena with footing is your best choice.
My horses have all pasture sorted cattle, pasture roped, chased run-away cattle down and turned them, ect ect, but it's not a consistent every day thing like working the barrel pattern would be. The biggest stress of working barrels on grass is the repetitive stress of the same thing over and over. Going for a little rip on grass and pulling a tight circle probably isnt going to hurt anything, trust me, I grew up riding my horses on grass/stubble fields, I know what it's all about.