Riding on bitumen
Well, I'd just like to know how fast it is sensible and safe to ride on quiet bitumen roads. I've heard it can be bad for horses legs but is it less so if you gradually work them up to it? I'd like to know as I've been doing more and more road work with my mare and I don't want to risk hurting her. I ride on the grassy verges whenever possible but this is only about 50% or less of the time. I ride her at a moderate trot on bitumen roads - what does everyone else think?
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare