It’s not great for them. One time my horse spooked when we were on a trail and started trotting off with me. Since our arena had been closed I let him blow off some steam (for not even 2 minutes). Yes it won’t cause damage if you do it once however over time it will. I would never recommend doing it on a daily basis
It depends on how long you do it for. You should never do it over 15 min. Also it depends on the horse as well. If you are thinking of trotting your horse over hard ground then start small like maybe 5 mins at a time and then increase the intensity.
I think it’s quite good for horses tendons as long as it’s done for correct time periods and not overdone. I know a lot of racehorses get trotted on roads to strengthen their tendons but only for 10-15 minutes at a time and it’s never when the road is wet or bumpy or not a straight road. I also train with two olympians who do trotting sessions on the road with their horses every now and and then hen
Hello Alexia :) I think that roadwork has benefits but also downsides. There are benefits only if it is included in a specific training program, and if it's punctual.
There are also cons, like causing stress and strain on your horse's joints.
You can read this article if you want more information : https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/health-archive/road-work-for-event-horses-28951
I think prolonged trots on hard surfaces like asphalt are quite harsh on their tendons, as well as,and even more so on their joints and ligaments. The lack of friction also increases the hazard of slipping.