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post #11 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 09:17 AM
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unless they were taught the correct method
correctness is relative.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 09:32 AM
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Doonsmum- you are supporting my thoughts. Your horses are being trained by the way they are out there. Training isn't just in the ring. However, many horses are kept in stalls and never get to experience uneven footing. And skaters are going to slip until they figure out how to balance better and catch themselves.
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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IMO any owner who truly cares for the health and wellbeing of their horses would choose to train them on a flat and level surface whilst ensuring they are kitted out with the appropriate brushing boots, tendon boots or bandages etc. - whatever they feel is necessary at the time to prevent injuries or pulled muscles or tendons.

Yes horses will initially fall onto their forehand. That's life, but a horse carrying a rider is the equivalent of humans balancing a sack of potatoes on their shoulders and personally I doubt anyone would be able to do that without causing themselves an injury unless they were taught the correct method.

Working a horse in slippery mud is like pushing a non-skater onto an ice rink and expecting them to teach themselves to stand up and skate. No doubt they will - eventually - BUT NOT BEFORE THEY INJURE THEMSELVES!

Not all dressage horses are kept in bubbles. My horses have ten acres where they can roam across a variety of surfaces, including through a stream. They do their training on a sand / rubber surface in a SAFE environment. They carry themselves well and they enjoy hacking - or trail riding as you call it, jumping and dressage. They also do roadwork along our country lanes and we often go to the beach where they can have a good gallop along the sand and swim in the sea and we have forest tracks right on our doorstep. My hanovarian mare is 19 years old now and you would struggle to find a happier and healthier one.
Can Shamrock and I move in with you guys? Your place sounds AMAZING. Haha.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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And topline as far as I am aware is the muscle along the length of the neck and spine which enables the horse to hold its head and neck in the position and self carriage you require, which means conditioning him with lunge work, flatwork and hill work are the best.
I have a lunge line, so I can do that. Flatwork too, but my barn is located on a relatively flat piece of land, so we have no hills. You may have been the person to say that using trotting poles works in substitution for hills. So I've been doing that. We also have a ditch that is suitable to ride in and out of (it isn't steep), so I could use that as a hill I suppose?
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-16-2011, 10:50 AM
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Doonsmum...I totally agree with you. I have HUS horses, and they are pampered, but in no way are they "bubble wrapped". They are able to be horses, run the fields, lay in the sunshine, etc. I would NEVER intentionally ride them in a muddy soupy sloppy environment that would put them at risk for slipping/injuring themselves/ripping a shoe off. They are much too valuable to put them in that situation. I wouldn't even do that to any of my ranch horses. Ride in a wet sandy arena? Sure, because those usually aren't slippery.
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