Originally Posted by Juniper
So, all you mud riders don't worry about pulling a tendon or something like that? The arena we ride in has been muddy so I have not been riding. I would love to keep going though if I thought it was safe for the horse.
I don't. My pasture gets puddly more so than muddy. My mare has never once slipped while I was riding. My little one did take a spill once when she was galloping around like a maniac. She came around a corner, lost her feet, and fell on her side and slid for about twenty feet. Then she got up and gave me a look that said, "Mom! Did you see that mean old dirt there that done knocked me over!?" in that pouty little girl voice. =]
Honestly, walking around won't do anything. So go walk around, work on some lateral work, more collection, etc. If the going feels good and you and your horse are confident, go up to the trot, then canter if the trotting feels good. Personally, I think riding in a bit of mud is better than trying to ride on wet grass.