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Roadwork: Is it good or bad?

Q This is my first season eventing at Preliminary level and I’m learning some new techniques for getting my horse fitter. I’ve heard of several trainers who trot their horses on hard-packed dirt roads to strengthen their legs. I was always told that the concussion of trotting on roads is bad for horses’ legs. Was that an old wives’ tale?

LAURA WERNER, DVM

A Walking and trotting horses on firm footing is a common practice that racing, foxhunting and eventing

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