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post #1 of 44 Old 01-24-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Riding on concrete???

So I've finally got sick of not riding my horse cause of rain. So I had an idea today( while walking down the driveway back to field cause I decided to turn shaggy out and see if he would stay in well he didn't and met us almost in the road needless to say he's not going out again for awhile!) the owners have this huge long concrete driveway so I thought since its the only place dry on the farm why not ride him down it a couple times! But I was wondering is it ok on his legs to ride on the concrete? I mean he runs up and down when ever he breaks out of the field anyways.

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post #2 of 44 Old 01-24-2012, 10:12 PM
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I wouldn't do it. Concrete is very hard, and I think it would be hard on his joints.

Although that's just what I think.
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post #3 of 44 Old 01-24-2012, 10:16 PM
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You see horses in parades & city cops riding horses on pavement. While it's not ideal, keep it to a walk. When I was a kid, we used to gallop our horses down the street and watch the sparks fly off the pavement, yes I was young & irresponsible, but it was fun.
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Moving freely on his own and moving while carrying weight on his back is different - so being comfortable with the former may not translate to comfort with the latter. Is your horse shod or bare? If bare, what sorts of footing is he being kept on, moving on on a routine basis (not just when he makes a break for it )?
As waresbear said, keep it at a walk - the concussive force of impacting on pavement at higher speeds is amplified on their structures - often with negative results.
Are you avoiding working him in the other areas due to your own concerns about the muddiness or is it that the BO has put restrictions on use of areas because of the wetness? I only ask because it is not necessarily automatically not possible to work in a wet area, as with working on concrete you would have to make appropriate adjustments to what you do to fit the conditions.
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I've heard that riding too hard on pavement is not only horrible for the joints...but can also cause bruising in the hoof. When pavement comes in play I keep it at an easy walk. Sounds like a preventable vet bill.
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I guess I should have said shaggy's barefoot and he's got great feet a side from the thrush I can't seem to get rid of lol and he's mostly walking on dirt and grass and some gravel when he's actually aloud in the field and no the owners aren't keeping me from riding in certain places. The ring is just so muddy it looks like a pond instead of a ring.

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if you ride on the pavement be careful

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post #8 of 44 Old 01-25-2012, 09:56 PM
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It's a) extremely hard on the joints, b) can cause road founder, c) tears up a barefoot hoof, and d) does not give safe purchase for a shod hoof.
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riding on the road can be very beneficial to your horse if you do it right. Start only at a walk for short periods of time, starting at only a few minutes. Road work can help strengthen their tendons and ligaments, which will make them less likely to tear. I personally will w/t/c and gallop on the road, but that's because I fox hunt.
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Sorry to go off topic, however....Is foxhunting done on pavement?
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