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Workout in the Mud
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Workout in the Mud

Workouts during the best weather is great, but what if you haven't had great weather or an indoor arena? 

Most would say forego the workouts when it's muddy because accidents can happen. It is not advisable to do any lunging if the ground is slick. 

What then do you do when your horse decides to play in the mud? In my case... I play along with her. 

We've been having a good amount of rain which has made her paddock rather muddy & slick, so I haven't been lunging Cookie. I figured once the rains stopped & gave us a long break then I could work her some. This morning I called her for breakfast & instead, she wanted to play. 

Her paddock isn't real huge, but it's certainly big enough to get in a few strides at a lope so as she was zipping around here & there, I would jog in the other direction & tell her easy when she got up in speed. Sometimes I think she's teaching herself how to slide stop. lol She didn't play very long which I was thankful for because she was getting quite excited there for a bit. 

I don't have the option of putting her in a stall with a runout, so I just have to be very mindful of her playing in the mud. I think as long as she doesn't get too hyped up, slows down & pays attention we can avoid accidents. She has slid to her side before so I think she learned from that experience to slow down & not just spin around & take off. 

She does love her mud though! She'll paw in it, play in it & even have an after meal roll in it. I think she'll be sad when it dries up. lol 


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  1. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Vote no 2. I can only imagine what a nightmare it must be trying to groom a muddy horse! Muddy dogs are bad enough!
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thanks for the vote. lol It is a nightmare! Especially for those who are beginning to start the show season. I don't envy them at all. ;)
  2. naturegirl
    Well, you started it! Hee hee! Voted!
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thanks.. LOL I guess I did! didn't I. :D

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