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sempre_cantando 07-25-2008 08:11 PM

Riding on bitumen
Well, I'd just like to know how fast it is sensible and safe to ride on quiet bitumen roads. I've heard it can be bad for horses legs but is it less so if you gradually work them up to it? I'd like to know as I've been doing more and more road work with my mare and I don't want to risk hurting her. I ride on the grassy verges whenever possible but this is only about 50% or less of the time. I ride her at a moderate trot on bitumen roads - what does everyone else think?

mlkarel2010 07-25-2008 08:20 PM

is bitumen like concrete (cement) I'm confused....

sempre_cantando 07-25-2008 08:25 PM

i guess bitumen is like concrete... its what roads are made out of. I think its also called 'tarmac' but not 100% sure.

mlkarel2010 07-25-2008 08:28 PM

Well, I was told that you shouldn't go faster than a walk on concrete because it is hard and doesn't absorb impact and anything faster than the walk has too much impact and puts too much shock and stress on the horses legs.

FoxyRoxy1507 07-25-2008 08:33 PM

well it depends on if ur horse has shoes. does ur horse have shoes or is it barefoot?

iridehorses 07-25-2008 08:34 PM

I think tarmac (which is like asphalt) is a more cushioned surface and bitumen is harder.

In either case it can jar a horse's joints particularly at any gait faster then a walk. What many riders who have to use the roads extensively do is to have pads put on under their horse's shoes. What they also do is have borium welded on their shoes for traction.

PoptartShop 07-25-2008 09:22 PM

I'd only stay at a walk if it's harder than concrete. ;)

mell 07-25-2008 10:05 PM

i've always been told not to go faster then a trot on roads, which is what i do and i have never had any problems. I think as long as she is fit enough it will be fine :)

sempre_cantando 07-27-2008 07:35 AM

yes, i go no faster than a trot on such roads but I try to walk whenever on bitumen roads unless the road is really long and it will take me aggeeess to get to the end!

someone asked me if she was shod or barefoot. She's shod in front but not behind.

jeddah31 07-27-2008 09:00 PM

I don't like riding on bitchumen incase of the horse slipping, and the leg jarring..
but I'd say if your worried about it, trot on the grassy verges and walk the rest :)

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