I think I would be more inclined to move around and keep the traffic from getting to dense in one spot. As long as the whole field is pretty rideable. Also, if you’re tearing it up in one spot, you’re making it sketchy for riding, as well. On days it’s really muddy, either don’t ride or keep it to walking only (long slow miles, even if it is just around and around the field) will protect it, as well.[/QUOTE]
this is what i do.
there are weeks that go by, especially in the winter, where i cannot ride in my pasture without scoring or poaching the landscape. so i hack - around the house, behind the house, around the barn, up and down the driveway, down the neighbor farmer’s field, etc.
it’s great but it’s not because winter is almost always the time i MOST want to work on dressage. between the rocks (and there are a LOT OF THEM), ledge, mud, and terrain i think it’s too unfair to expect a horse to have a good dressage ride so i pretty much don’t work on anything beyond contact @ the walk from november to march…
next year i think i’m going to board at an indoor.
a good summer project would be to make a bridle path around the property. that’s one of my biggest saving grace[s].