Heavy Horses - do you need steel toe caps?
Just wanted to get some thoughts on footwear while you are working around heavy horses. Now I mean genuine heavies - those who weigh around a ton like the Shires, Clydesdales, Belgians etc. So many people (who don't own heavy horses) advised me to get steel toe capped boots for when I was working around my two heavies. Initially I could see some sense in this. However, once I got talking to other 'heavy horse' owners e.g. the old ploughmen, carriage drivers they told me "under no circumstances wear steel toe caps". I thought this was crazy until someone explained. A heavy horse standing on your foot will cause broken toes usually (I can confirm this...I have had 3!) If he stands on your foot and you are wearing steel toe caps, there is a possibility that his sheer weight will crush the toe caps...straight into your toes. More difficult to remove the boot and you may end up with amputated toes eventually. I don't wear steel toe caps anymore. What do others think?