Actually that is what we did yesterday at my lesson lol! We have a "chute" between two pastures that we used for "hill work." Then we rode in a pasture (mind that no horses were in there at the time but I'm sure if Rowan had his paddock buddies in there he wouldn't have minded much).
W mine I wouldn't Bc of the ground but if the ground was better I would and if they were bigger but I do bare back in the paddocks
I don't have access to an arena yet, so as long as it's safe to ride on then it'll be fine :)
Always ride in my horses paddock as we have no access to a arena and I'm not the only one in my area to do so
Never ever had a problem with it
As long as the ground is good there shouldn't be a problem, if anything it's a good practice session in respect for the rider, obviously not all the time but if there's no where else to ride it's a great spot☺️
I've heard this theory before, but surely the fact that the horse or pony is tacked up and has a rider on board is enough for them to realise it is work time, not playtime! (Actually, they don't even need to be tacked up as my daughter often rides the pony in the field bridleless and saddleless and she still realises that she has to work and listen to the rider!)
When I used to work at a riding school, we were told not to ride the horses in their feild because that was their time off zone, a place where they should beable to chill from work.
Also if you did it often enough it could churn up the ground.
I did that all the time before our arena got built . Just be sure you don't do it to much or he will get sour because he doesn't get out enough