The horse this thread was initially about (no, that wasn't a hint hint, I am glad it was helpful to others!) had his first bout of laminitis after a hard ride.
The horse is in my mothers care and she let a college age neighbor's cousin ride my horse (yes... STILL rather upset) who is in 100% pasture condition, 18 years old with issues that are not problems, but still need to be managed (mild heart murmer, old ddft injury, overweight at the time, etc) All I know is she wrapped his legs (supposedly knows how but my mom doesn't so how can she supervise?) and our neighbor took the pony and they came back an hour later with both horses DRIPPING sweat. Yes, as I said, still fuming. Point is his laminitis issues started the following week. Since then he has been SUPER sensitive to diet, but the initial cause was the ride, plus two 15 minute hand grazing sessions. Things normal horses wouldn't have a problem with, but he had undiagnosed Cushings (which we suspected once the laminitis started and the vet confirmed). If such a minor trigger can put an (admittedly predisposed) horse over the edge I can't imaging riding a horse that hard. Distance every now and then, sure. Speed sometimes, sure. Both regularly? Not to mention the concussion going all the way up the legs, etc.
I think the issue was when spirit mentioned 25 miles in 1 1/2 hours. I'm sure that is not the pace all the time, but still. Now I'm interested in finding out how far our schoolies go in a heavy lesson day.. Of course they are in a ring though.
In a completely not offensive way, I envy the amount of riding time you get :) Mine are basically pasture puffs atm.
Last edited by Yogiwick; 11-08-2013 at 01:15 AM.