As a funny coincidence to my last post, I got the Swedish equestrian magazine “Ridsport” in my post box yesterday (thanks Mum & Dad!) and they had an article around the same subject.
It referred to a study made by Patricia Graham-Tiers in Virginia. She had looked at the general condition of horses on pasture compared to stabled horses with or without light training.
Before the study started, each horse’s general fitness was assessed and the horses were divided into three groups. All were adult horses.
Group 1: Out on 100 acres (0.4 km2) hilly pasture 24/7. No training. Group 2: In stable during day, out during night in a 0.05 acres paddock(240 sq yards/2000 m2). Light training 5 days a week. Group 2: In stable during day, out during night in a 0.05 acres paddock. No training.
After two weeks they measured the heart rate, blood sugar values, temperature and fitness after work test. Group 1 and group 2 showed similar values re fitness, but group 1 (pasture) showed in addition increased bone density (strengthened skeleton).
So the conclusion was that a large, hilly pasture keeps the horses sound and fit! Nice huh?
Source: Pastured horses more fit, Virginia Intermont College. Publiced by Patricia Graham-Tiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va
This blog is mainly about my horse life. As a birthday present when I turned 6 yo I wished for, and got, a riding lesson. Have no idea why; none of my parents were into horses. But I was bitten by the bug.
43 years later I am still a horse person, and luckily my husband and daughter are too. Now we are owned by 2 horses and two cats. We live in a woodland area outside Oslo, Norway, where we at wintertime have to fight our way between moose and ski-nitwits.
Welcome to my world!
Dressage training is systematic, structured, and nature-oriented education --- both the teaching and the being taught. Dressage does not mean total submission of the horse, not overtaxing him forcefully, nor getting into useless arguments. Harmony means sensibility, synchronization, consistency and unison. "Dressage in harmony" means to solve together a task in such a manner that rider and horse are enjoying the work. Then and only then will you feel the wonderful natural ease and subtle relaxation which every rider seeks in his or her daily work. Egon von Neindorff