Originally Posted by 1RedHorse
heres all my posts. Noticed I emphasized RUNNING. When did I EVER mention loping?
My posts were more geared to others in the thread and the general public reading. Some greenie might think "hey people on the internet think its ok to run on grass so ill go do it!" when its a BAD idea.
-stress on joints
-increased chance of slipping causing possible injury to horse and/or rider
-teaches horses how to compensate thus increasing chances of diving...slicing barrels....horses be "front ended" etc
-you don't run on grass so why practice on it?? 2 COMPLETELY different scenarios.
You know we were talkin bout loping-- why com in with some completely irrelevant information? It makes you look like a know-it-all.. im not tryin to be rude.
Who would think that loping meant running? If a rider is so green they don't know what gaits are what chances are.. they probably not going to be running the barrel pattern anyway.. thanks for the forwarning though.
Sweetheart, there is a lot of things that are stressful on the joints-- no amount of dirt can fix that.
You can slip, and fall anywhere-- horses are dangerous, and unpredictable.
Hahahaha!! Sorry, but that is absolutely un-true. I could see, if you rode with a tiedown, then yes, but grass practicing will result in the grass dying around the pattern, and dirt developing.. lol.
To give your horse a different prespective, to keep the horse fresh, to show him not to be narrow minded, to keep him on his toes, to keep the pattern exciting, etcetera.