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        03-27-2011, 11:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Yer I mainly walk on it, it's never wet though.
    Or if it is I don't usually ride
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        03-28-2011, 01:29 AM
    Green Broke
    Boggy sand sucks the hoof downwards meaning the horse has to pull harder to lift its leg up, This puts enormous pressure on the suspensory and check ligaments of the horses legs it would be more stress then jumping.

    Stan damaged his suspensory and the vet told me ouright that I could not risk taking him into deep sand so beach trips where out of the question. Infact for the first 6 months she didnt even want him in the school, just road work or dry tracks.
        03-31-2011, 01:33 PM
    We had an osteopath out a few months ago and they had said the best way to build topline on a horses back is to back them up a lot. Even in the arena riding around, ever lap stop and back them up a couple times. It works!
        03-31-2011, 02:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Right now my routine is to start out in the walk on the lunge, walk both directions then start trotting over ground poles (twice each direction over three poles) then back to walk work to cool off. Before and after each lunge session I ask him to back up a bunch, do belly lifts, and make him reach between his front legs for treats.

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