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post #1 of 3 Old 05-02-2013, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Riding horse along river bed - tough on their legs?

My old gelding has just been fitted with renegade hoof boots which is very exciting for me as it has now given me a new place to ride on our small section. We have a small rocky stream at the bottom of our property which I can ride along until I reach a dam and cant go any further. Its a nice flat ride for us and only about 40 minutes to the dam and back at a walk. He's a little bit stumbly on the rocks which aren't huge but they are a bit slimy which will wash away once we've had more rain. I'm wondering if this would be hard on his legs as once it gets really wet and muddy it will be the best place for me to ride over winter, it would only be once or twice a week at most with some paddock/beach riding when I can hitch a lift in my friends trailor. In some sections we can get up on to the bank but most of it is riding through the water on the rocks, the water is pretty shallow.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-03-2013, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Any thoughts anyone?! I'm probably over-thinking it but thought perhaps uneven or slightly slippery surfaces on a regular could be tough on an older horses joints. Maybe not then
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-04-2013, 05:22 AM
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Riding through creeks/rocks/mud certainly takes more effort, but unless your horse has a known joint/ligament problem, I wouldn't assume that it would be too much. If it were my horse, I would ride it and watch for any signs of discomfort from your horse. A horse will try to avoid or be reluctant to go in areas that cause discomfort.

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