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    10-26-2012, 03:49 AM
  #11
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I too like the youngsters to go on the hilliest fields and they are potential racehorses.

The 'bent legs' are caused through overgrowth of the plates in the joints on one side and this is more likely to come from over feeding hard food than hills.
     
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    10-26-2012, 08:31 AM
  #12
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I've heard it can cause problems with how their hooves grow, but I have yet to see it myself. My two year old has been on flat pasture almost her entire life. She is now out in a hilly pasture that backs right up to thick woods. Apparently chunks are missing out of her beautiful, white, thick, long mane...but that's ok. I won't be riding her in public for at least another year ;) lol She's learning how to be surefooted, less spooky, learning about new muscles and God knows whatever else they get into out there!! I'm perfectly fine with it.
     
    10-26-2012, 08:28 PM
  #13
Trained
Well my little guy has been on hills now for 12 months. He just turned two, and I can assure his, his legs are as straight as they come, and he has so much more muscle and topline over his back than others of his age that I have seen, living in flat paddocks or yards on their own.
     
    10-26-2012, 09:49 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by Army wife    
I've heard it can cause problems with how their hooves grow,
Yes, keeping horses in the average cushy pasture environment does indeed regularly cause problems with the way hooves(& the rest) develop. The more I learn, the more I come to think of 'normal' horse properties as not great & of a rocky, hilly bush paddock as far more 'ideal'.
     
    10-27-2012, 12:00 PM
  #15
Yearling
I to want my youngins to be out on the roughest, steepest, toughest, brushiest terrain. I have had flat landers that can't walk on flat ground let alone when we ride out in the mountains, or pick a trail going up and down hills. But the ones that we turn out come back and they know how to find water, maneuver the mountains, know where to put their feet, ect.

I find that it teaches them SO much....and what what happens with the wild horses who have mountains galore and hills....nothing. They are gritty and tough that is for sure.

So I am all for putting young horses on tough terrain.
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