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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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Riding on a slope

The place where I keep my horses is just a property without any real facilities. There is a roundyard, and a sort of 60x20 area fenced off, however it's on a slope. Not super slopey, but enough to notice when you see it/ride it.

My horse is six and hasn't done much formal work so he's not exactly balanced. So trotting around he tends to rush a bit downhill and it really sort of makes it hard to work on things.

So I was wondering is it something we will adjust to in time? Or is it something that's going to really impact our schooling? Is it going to do damage to his legs? Does anyone else do a lot of their riding on an uneven surface, and are there any tips to making it easier?

There is a proper arena at another agistment place down the rode, maybe 20 min ride away, but I'll have to ride out there and pay each time, not sure I want to do that regularly but its an option.
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I believe your horse will adjust. But is that the only space for riding?
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IMHO, you'll have a better horse for it when you're done. He will adjust but it will take some time for him to learn to rate on that hill. I often take youngsters out and lope circles on them in any relatively level spot in the pasture (by level I mean no gullies or cliffs or creeks or trees LOL, mild to moderate hills are great places to work them IMHO). I've found that they learn to use their body better and their balance increases faster than a horse used solely on the flat because they have to constantly learn to adjust it to stay "correct".

Just make sure to work both directions enough to get equal results.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 06:27 PM
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Make do with what you have :) he'll adjust, but maybe go out to the other place once a fortnight to make sure he works the same on flat surfaces.

Where my horse is agisted, the ground on a slight angle as well, it's not the best but we make do and I'm going to try and take him somewhere else once a week/fortnight so we will be working on flat ground as well :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 07:54 PM
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My round pen is a heck of a mess. It is on a slope because we live on a hill. The high side is hard and the low side is too soft. I've been making due with it for 3 years (my colt is 3) and it's not ideal, but we do fine with it as long as it's not muddy. I do hope to get some fill dirt though!

I had never thought about it being good for their balance.....but my guy has great balance for a youngster. He is the most surefooted of our 3 horses. So maybe that round pen has something to do with it.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-25-2013, 08:19 PM
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You mean there are areas with flat spots? I don't think my horses would know what to do with a flat spot.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-26-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I can ride in the paddocks but there is nowhere more suitable than this area.

I think I will just give it some time, he should get used to it

Thanks for all the opinions!
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