View Full Version : Transitioning to harder footing...

Aug. 3, 2011, 01:23 PM
I've just moved my mare to a new place that has a giant all-season outdoor. Only catch is that the footing is a bit harder than what she's used to going on every day. It's still a fantastic, well engineered ring, it's just different than the river sand/nike footing indoor and hog fuel outdoor at the old place.

She's shod all around, so no worries there, but I know the harder footing can be harder on joints. Any suggestions to get her used to it...? We've only been working lightly so far...

Aug. 3, 2011, 04:55 PM
I would just gradually increase time/impact of work so that her tissues can build up strength. I like lots of work on harder footing (all things in moderation of course) as I remain convinced that by challenging tendons/ligaments, you strengthen them and will help prevent injuries in the future. Staying on prepared footing all the time will bring you nothing but heartache.