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post #1 of 23 Old 06-13-2010, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in the mud?

Well everything is pretty flooded outside. What isn't flooded is complete mud. I've got 4 horses that need consistent training. I'm trying to work in the drive way on some light work, any groundwork we can get down, and just really working harder on anything we can do at a walk.

So I was just curious and looking for more ideas...what do you do when it's muddy or wet outside and riding/training is a must?

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-13-2010, 06:23 PM
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i just ride in the mud, the horse lives in it if its like that anyway. I just dont do jumping or fast work, well it does depend on the horse some are confident in the mud, others arent. Also if you can try get the use of an arena it could be an idea.
I like to take my horse to the beach if I can, its got good going almost all the time.
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post #3 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 01:33 AM
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Only one long side of my "arena" is muddy, so I just go through it; monster puddles, manure and all. It takes a few laps to convince Ricci to keep her nose down and back raised [she prefers to throw her nose up as high as it can go and splash loudly, even though it doesn't create anywhere near as big as splash when she stays collected =P] but then she goes through perfectly. I just have to make sure she's coming at it nicely and she's balanced.

We walk, trot, and canter through it. I just wouldn't recommend jumping or barrels or something like that. Just be prepared for a very dirty pony. =]

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 01:41 AM
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Yep, I just keep riding. It is a little unnerving when you are on a young horse for their first few rides and the roundpen is a soupy mess but 9 times out of 10, they won't fall on you. Besides, if you ride them through the mud and puddles, then they will likely never have a fear of water.

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Yeah I've got very green as in only a couple rides too practically dead broke. Luckily none of them mind the mud I just get bored doing all the old basic pleasure stuff(and so does the barrel horse). Kinda difficult when two of my horses are practically pure white and the other is mostly white. Makes me appreciate the fact that the others I am training have almost no white or grey at all.

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I only walk and trot through mud because I took a pretty bad spill once where my horse literally fell out from underneath me, and it has left me pretty nervous. I'd probably canter someone elses horse through the mud though, but I've got myself convinced mine is going to fall.

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post #7 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 11:32 AM
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I only walk and trot through mud because I took a pretty bad spill once where my horse literally fell out from underneath me, and it has left me pretty nervous. I'd probably canter someone elses horse through the mud though, but I've got myself convinced mine is going to fall.
Aww, but chances are he will be extra careful, because he knows the "worst case scenario." =]

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post #8 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 11:50 AM
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Well, all but one of my horses LOVE mud, so I ride in it. :)

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post #9 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 11:58 AM
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We also ride in the mud although I dislike it immensely Our ground here is clay so its like riding on snot. Surprisingly my young horse troops on through it and my older horse goes on tip toes If its really bad like today with flood warnings and more rain on the way, we are force to take the day off or stick to the roads We're taking the day off.
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post #10 of 23 Old 06-14-2010, 01:18 PM
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Aww, but chances are he will be extra careful, because he knows the "worst case scenario." =]
Yeah, but when he did fall he got so scared and went to get up, and managed to fracture my rib and almost break my hip! Poor boy, I don't want to make him nervous again.. but in reality its just me thats very nervous ahha.

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