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    05-18-2010, 07:47 PM
Dressage Test on Grass

I just got my ride times for Saturday, and my dressage test will be on grass, which is a first for me. I'm pretty psyched because my horse usually travels much better on grass in general. Just curious, has anyone noticed any big differences in the way their horse moves on grass via a dirt ring?
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    05-18-2010, 07:54 PM
I don't usually have problems on grass unless it's wet. Then my guy loses traction with his hind end because he's not shod/drilled/tapped back there.

If it's wet and you have studs in, no problems. If you don't have studs, I would just be conscious of his balance.

Good luck!
    05-19-2010, 12:26 AM
It depends on the condition of the grounds. Most of our competitions here are held on grass, my favourite grounds happens to be a good 5 hours drive unfortunately, but every horse I've ridden on it goes better on the grass there than on sand. The ground has give/spring in it, which soften the impact on their legs but minus the deep sand.
Then another set of grounds has rock solid ground and so many horses pull up sore the day after :/ I try to avoid that one if I can! But the super hard ground tends to jar the movement and they'll usually be more forward on it.

I actually prefer grass to sand, unless the sand footing is of excellent quality.

Really the biggest difference I find between sand and grass is that grass tends to have them going a little more forward if they're not used to working on it.
    05-19-2010, 12:50 AM
My horse and I prefer grass as well. It's softer and springier than the cinder arenas and my horse is much more comfortable and willing to move out.
    05-19-2010, 07:47 AM
I prefer riding on grass. Except I used to hate it when I evented my pony, because he would always try to eat during the free walk...he sometimes succeeded !
    05-19-2010, 08:53 AM
Green Broke
In the Midwest, it's unusual to ride on anything but grass! So I usually ride on grass all the time. The only bad experience I've had is when it was wet and my horse slipped going into the arena.

The best advice I can give you is that if you see other horses slipping along the edges of the arena, take the point docks for not getting your geometry exactly right and travel on the slight inside. It's not worth risking the horse's legs.
    05-19-2010, 09:23 AM
I have actually never shown on grass. Yeeeears ago we had a show facility where the warm up was on either the infield of a racetrack on grass or on the track (which was dirt and had very limited space) and everyone basically let the upper level riders warm up on the dirt and the bottom feeders warmed up on the grass.

Around here if you even suggested having a first level or above test on grass, the riders would most likely scratch. I know I would. It is too slippery and hard to ride on without corking the horse.
    05-19-2010, 10:06 AM
Wow anebel it's amazing the differences, here in Aus most of the venues are grass bar the few really big ones. I wouldn't ride anything above novice on grass if the footing wasn't great, but I know the venues that I'm happy with that maintain the grounds and have never had a horse come up sore *touch wood*.
    05-19-2010, 06:34 PM
Oh crap! I didn't think about the eating grass possiblity during the free walk. That very well could happen. We recently schooled XC. All the other horses were up and hyper. Puck was looking for clumps of clover. He's such a goofball.
    05-19-2010, 07:16 PM
Green Broke
Ive never showed on anything BUT grass!!!! Lol we do 3 star tests on it. And Badminton and Burly are both run on grass. I wouldn't worry unless it's wet as others said
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