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    03-15-2013, 11:30 PM
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    03-15-2013, 11:37 PM
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Yearling
Is it the best thing for them, no. Since you said you don't run the pattern in the dirt/grass, as long as you are aware of the condition of the footing each time you ride, working on other things shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure to pay close attention to your surroundings & your horses behavior to tell if it's causing problems.

To those of you who say you shouldn't work your horse on grass/dirt. Sometimes sectioning off a corner of the pasture is the closest thing to an 'arena' as some people may get...we've had horses on my parents property for over 20 yrs. Only 3 of those years was there an arena with sand. The remaining 17, horses have been worked and trained in a sectioned of piece of pasture.

Sometimes you have to make do with what is available.
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    03-15-2013, 11:39 PM
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I do ride on grass a lot, but I avoid sharp, hard turns at anything faster than a trot at all costs.
     
    03-15-2013, 11:45 PM
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Yearling
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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    03-16-2013, 12:07 AM
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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.
     
    03-16-2013, 09:02 AM
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Yearling
Turning a barrel on grass or hard dirt is not going to allow a horse to use itself properly. Deeper worked up dirt has give to it, so when a good barrel horse that uses his hind end to sit down and turn turn on deeper ground, they are less likely to slide. They have grip. On hard ground it's going to hurt their hocks to sit down and turn, you'll find many horses won't work very good on hard ground. Not the they are supposed to. I won't run or even lope barrels in a hard arena. As for grass, I know to many horror stories of people trying to run on grass.
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    03-16-2013, 01:03 PM
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Weanling
There might be similar maneuvers in a XC course but you will never see a XC horse going as fast as they can and doing a complete 180 3 times in a row. Apples to oranges people.
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    03-16-2013, 01:21 PM
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Yearling
I guess to each his own....but I want my horses hocks to last as long as possible. And running barrels on grass is going to rip up your horses hocks so fast.

Their is a reason barrels are ran in deep dirt....running barrels is tough on a horses let alone if you try and run on grass or hard ground with no give.

So if you want a lame horse early in its career when it could have been prevented, go ahead. And like I said earlier it is common sense people.
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    03-16-2013, 01:38 PM
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Green Broke
Thank you^
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    03-16-2013, 02:26 PM
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I would say no.. I rarely ride outside of an arena faster than a walk, sometimes will take a quick gallop outside in the pastures, but only if it isn't bone dry, and isn't soaking wet. My horse already has leg problems so I am not going to push anything by doing barrels not in nice moderately deep sand arena.
     

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