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post #1 of 21 Old 07-10-2010, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is Riding in grass bad for them??

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I am getting a horse soon, and it will be kept at my house(I think). So is it bad to ride horses on grass? And jump? Some people say it is bad for their hooves...but I thoguht their hooves would gt used to it. IDK
Also, I am not sure if I should board or keep at home. Boarding is a LOT more money, but its less work, and I would have friends to ride with there. But, if I kept it at home I could make all the decsions, and ride whenever I want. What do you think??
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-10-2010, 10:10 PM
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When it comes to riding in grass there shouldn't be a problem. The biggest thing is slipping. If you are jumping make sure the ground isn't wet to help prevent slipping.

As for boarding or keeping at home it is really up to you. The biggest problem with keeping them at home is you can't go away without getting someone to watch them. Also it is a lot of work and horses eat a lot of hay so if you have enough hay and are up to the work then at home is good. If not then board them out. If you get a good boarding stable you shouldn't have to worry to much about their care and you can still ride them whenever you want.
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I certainly hope it's not bad to ride horses on grass! That's all we have around here. But no, I'm almost 100% sure it's not bad for them; besides, of course, slipping or something, like Silvera said. If the ground is soft it might be bad for the grass, because they can tear it up.

If I were in your situation, I wouldn't board because A) I hate all the drama that you get at boarding barns, and I would not be comfortable at all trusting my horses' entire care to someone else and B) if we had the facilities at home and were able to keep horses on the property, there's no way my parents would pay to board. But that's just me and my family. If you have the facilities, the pasture space, the feed etc, why not keep it at home? Then again, if this is your first horse, you might learn more surrounded by other horse people and have horse people around to help if you run into problems.
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^^^^^^
I am just so nervous I will screw up if I keep it at home. Or like what if I get tired of it? At first I was like "there is no way I could ever get tired of it". But once your brothers and dad are always saying "after 3 months you won't want it anymore", it makes me nervous:/

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post #5 of 21 Old 07-10-2010, 10:27 PM
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Hmm...do you take riding lessons at a stable or something? Maybe you could try leasing a horse just for a few months so you can get a taste of what owning really is like if you're a bit nervous.

As for your dad and brothers, I'll admit, the novelty wears off a little. When I first got my horse I was out every single morning before 6 AM walking and brushing her, and now I'm a bit more relaxed about it. Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE her, and (lol) I do still ride/walk and brush her every day, it's just not as new and exciting. That's probably what your family is talking about. As long as you really are serious about this, you never stop loving horses and you'll always want to be around them...just not as obsessively.
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Ok, thanks for the pep talk!!! I take lessona once a week (have been for 3 yrs.), and do advanced camps. I leased for awhile.. but my barn does'nt really have a good program for it. All you do is go and ride 3x a week, you don't do any real work with them...and that bothered me, so I just stopped leasing. Plus the horse I was leasing had NO personality:P

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I certainly hope it's not bad to ride horses on grass! That's all we have around here. But no, I'm almost 100% sure it's not bad for them; besides, of course, slipping or something, like Silvera said. If the ground is soft it might be bad for the grass, because they can tear it up.
Riding wise, grass is about the best thing to ride on, but as ilyTango mentioned, if it's wet, it can get a little slippery and if very wet, it doesn't take long to get churned into mud.

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Also, I am not sure if I should board or keep at home.


The decision is really about how big a part of your life do you want your horses to be. If you want to be able to go to the barn, ride, socialize with friends, and then be free to leave, boarding is for you. If you enjoy having your horse with you 24 hours a day, caring for them, and have a place to ride, home is the place.
Our mares are at home with us and I can't imagine having it any other way. I like to go out, spend time with them, and saddle up and ride whenever I feel like and having to drive to a barn just wouldn't be any fun at all (and it takes time and gas). I do occaisionally trailer to the ranch down the road where some of my friends board to ride with them, but to be honest, I don't miss the barn drama that seems to crop up at all the barns.

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I would definitely recomend boarding at home, its less money and you can see and ride your horse more! If your worried about it being more work... well that's what horse back riding is about haha. And I've never heard riding in grass is bad for the horses hooves idve always thought its good because horses are always used to being in the grass and they have been for generations.... and you wont get bored or tired of it.. If you want it that bad trust me you wont (: have fun!

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-11-2010, 12:34 AM
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I know a lot of paranoid people who say OMG DON'T RIDE ON DA GRASS!!!

Umm. Sorry Guys.

No, I wouldn't worry about it. If the grass is soaking wet I wouldn't do much work. I mean, I've had horses slip in wet grass before but I've jumped, reined, cut, and done basic dressage collections and extensions on the grass. I've breezed over grass too with no problems.

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...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-11-2010, 05:53 AM
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Grass is fine for riding on just try not to constasntly ride in the same place or where they graze as you can cuut it up.

Correct me if im wrong but your a novice when it comes to general everyday horse care soo if it was me id board for a while so there is on hand help at all times while you get used to your horse and have questions. After a whilke bring it home sure but at the begining id board

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