05-19-2010, 12:26 AM
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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.