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        07-26-2013, 11:10 AM
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    Foal
    Riding over stubble?

    Hi, Arthur is kept on a farm where they are about to start harvesting. The farmer has said that I am allowed to ride through his fields once they have been harvested, I was just wandering if this is going to hurt his feet, (riding over the little bits left after the combine goes over and the straws taken away) because I was hoping to make one field into my "school" and do jumps and school him in there as we only usually get to go out on hacks, I was planning to do this over barley stubble if that makes a difference
         
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        07-26-2013, 11:21 AM
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    Foal
    My Mom owns a farm, and after the soybeans are harvested, we always race our horses over that field. But my horses aren't shod, live outside all year long, and have pretty tough feet. I guess it depends on the condition of your horse's hooves right now, but they do get used to it fairly quickly. You could do a test ride to see.
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        07-26-2013, 11:27 AM
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    Foal
    He is a gypsy/vanner horsey cobby thing haha he isn't shod and he has never had any problems with his feet, when I first got him I walked him around this field once and he was fine with that but I was just wondering if prolonged use would be uncomfortable, also it was oat the first time and anybody who deals with oat straw will know how lethal it is, like razor blades haha, but would it not hurt if it was like poking his frog?
         
        07-26-2013, 11:32 AM
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    Started
    I never had trouble riding in stubble. The only things that may be a problem are stones (if you live in such an area) as the tilling process tends to work small stones closer to the surface; also if you're going to jump you need to make sure the ground has enough traction to it (once again because it has been tilled).
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        07-26-2013, 12:06 PM
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    Showing
    The only stubble I've ever had a problem riding through was an old dried out corn field...but even then it didn't hurt their feet, just scratched up their legs some.

    I don't see any problems riding in a barley field.
         
        07-26-2013, 12:44 PM
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    Originally Posted by Samuel    
    Hi, Arthur is kept on a farm where they are about to start harvesting. The farmer has said that I am allowed to ride through his fields once they have been harvested, I was just wandering if this is going to hurt his feet, (riding over the little bits left after the combine goes over and the straws taken away) because I was hoping to make one field into my "school" and do jumps and school him in there as we only usually get to go out on hacks, I was planning to do this over barley stubble if that makes a difference
    You would be fine. I used to go take my TB out for gallops in the field next to our acreage. The horses are solid animals. Back in the day they used to hike up and down Rocky Mountains and harvest and plough fields. Stubble will be fine.
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        07-26-2013, 01:12 PM
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    Foal
    I just did this with my two horses last week and they were perfectly fine. We even cantered for a good stretch of it. Just be cautious of ground hog holes (if there are any) and make sure you walk the area first.
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        07-26-2013, 07:23 PM
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    Weanling
    I often ride on stubble after the fields have been harvested - I think it depends on the crops. I've noticed my horses seem to be annoyed by canola stubble (it is pretty thick and sharp, I can see why it would bug them) but crops like wheat or barley is no issue at all.
         
        07-26-2013, 07:40 PM
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    Yearling
    If it hurts then there there's something already wrong. I was riding mine down a 1/4 mile of reclaimed logging road a few months ago (it was impassable before then) that was covered with stubble from tiny saplings and bushes that were up to 6" high in spots, and she did fine.
         
        07-26-2013, 08:12 PM
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    Foal
    Hi,
    I grew up on a farm with no arena so I've ridden in stubble (alfalfa and others) lots. I've never worried about hooves, but as others mentioned, it's just the scratching of their legs. If you ride with SMB I think it makes it more comfortable for them do they don't get stabbed and cut by the stubble.
         

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