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post #11 of 15 Old 11-23-2009, 04:49 PM
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Let me point out that the picture in the OP is not the paddock that she would have her horse in, she stated that it is SIMILAR but has fewer rocks. Horses are hardier than most people give them credit for, it is possible that he could be injured in that pasture but I have known horses that broke legs and twisted hocks and knees to permanent lameness on dry flat clear ground.

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post #12 of 15 Old 11-23-2009, 08:22 PM
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I somewhat disagree. I've never had a horse with a chip or bruise in a flat, even, unrocky pasture. If you just throw a horse out there, and there are things like holes, there is a very real possibility of a horse breaking their leg.
I've had a horse bow both front tendons in a flat, 'safe' pasture. I've had chips in feet from our pasture - Hilly, but not many rocks. Horses are pretty darn smart - They can sense a hole in long grass where we would probably walk right into it.

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post #13 of 15 Old 11-23-2009, 08:24 PM
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If your horse can't stay sound in a rocky pasture you're not out much when he goes lame.

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post #14 of 15 Old 11-24-2009, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for everyone's comments.. it seems like its 50/50 or so.. a bit more leaning towards a rocky pasture is good.
Its not like the picture I posted at all, but it sort of gets an image for it. I got that off google, and the place I am boarding at, has less rocks, and smaller.
One spot is like an enormous rock thing.. but no biggie :)
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-25-2009, 07:20 PM
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If you like everything else about the boarding situation I wouldn't let uneven ground stop you. :) My pasture is rough, uneven and very very woody. Lots of deadfall and dry creekbeds that aren't dry when it rains much. They really do benefit from having to watch where they are going.

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