Originally Posted by ridergirl23
I've never seen a horse breakdown because of lunging on grass, or in deep footing. Honestly, I think way to many people are to freaky out ish about 'oh there's strain on the horses _____ when they do ______!!!' I'm not pointing any finger or trying to insult anyone. But horses are fine to go in circles, go up and down hills, they're tough. IMHO a horse isn't going to ever have a problem going in big circles, or anything like that. If they were that delicate try would all be exctinct, or would only be able to be ridden for like, 2 years.
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What hurts horses is consistency in a poor environment. The fact is, that too deep footing DOES cause suspensory strain on the horse. You can lunge on most any surface once or twice without much harm if any, but you lunge a horse in poor footing consistently and you are putting strain on their legs and/or hooves. Bottom line, improper care is improper care, and even though horses are rather hardy they will break down earlier if we don't step up and do things right. A horse on improper footing is going to break down earlier than the exact same horse on good footing, there is no avoiding that.